December 7, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

The Triple Threat is Here

The triple threat from COVID, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is here.  This is discussed in greater detail elsewhere; below are the highlights as well as data specific to South Dakota.  In summary, these data indicate a likely strain on hospitals and healthcare providers now or in the near future.  

Overall Respiratory Disease:

Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity is monitored by the CDC and although it was originally developed as a means of monitoring the flu, it is more general and is a good indicator of overall respiratory illness (including COVID and RSV).  It is the number of people presenting with a fever and a cough or sore throat.  The map below shows high to very high ILI activity throughout the United States as of December 2nd.  For comparison, the second map shows ILI activity at a similar time last year.  Last year’s map is the pattern that is typically seen this time of the year.

COVID

Both COVID and influenza hospital admissions are increasing nationally (see graph below, containing data through November 26th).

Influenza

The number of flu cases in South Dakota continues to rise according to the data sent via the South Dakota Department of Health Epidemiology listserv as of December 6th

RSV

As shown below, the test positivity for RSV in South Dakota is currently high (last updated November 30th).  A high test positivity indicates that there is a high rate of RSV infection in the community. 

Now is an excellent time to make sure immunizations are up-to-date, to practice social distancing, and to be in well-ventilated areas.

Current Community Levels of COVID in South Dakota

Brookings County is one of the few counties in eastern South Dakota that still have a low community level of COVID (based on the rate of new cases per week, hospital admissions, and percent of hospital beds occupied with COVID patients).  More counties are beginning to be in the medium or high community level categories (see here for link to map).

Some counties are doing better than others:

Updates:

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 26% vs. 24% last week])

  • Only 13.9% of people 18 years of age and older in Brookings County have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 9,149 total cases:  28 new cases this week vs. 29 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 21% were under 20 years of age (vs. 31% in previous week)
    • 25% were 20-39 years (vs. 21% in previous week)
    • 18% were 40-59 years (vs. 10% in previous week)
    • 36% were 60 years or older (vs. 38% in previous week)
  • 246 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 1 new hospitalization was posted this past week compared to 0 in the previous week.  Currently, the percentage of staffed beds that are COVID-occupied in the Sioux Empire region is 3.7% (compared to 4.4% last week). 
  • 62 Brookings County residents have died of COVID:  no deaths were reported this past week compared to no deaths in the previous week.

South Dakota (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 20-24% vs. 20-24% last week])

  • Only 16.2% of people 18 years of age and older in South Dakota have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 269,886 cases: 1,089 new cases this week vs. 1,108 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 18% were under 20 years of age (vs. 20% in previous week)
    • 25% were 20-39 years (vs. 23% in previous week)
    • 24% were 40-59 years (vs. 22% in previous week)
    • 33% were 60 years or older (vs. 35% in previous week)
  • 12,126 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 51 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 30 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 4% were under 20 years of age (vs. 3% in previous week)
    • 14% were 20-39 years (vs. 0% in previous week)
    • 14% were 40-59 years (vs. 3% in previous week)
    • 69% were 60 years or older (vs. 93% in previous week)
  • 62 people are currently hospitalized vs. 74 last Wednesday (6 currently in the ICU vs. 10 last week). Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 2.9% (compared to 3.4% last week).
  • 3,106 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  7 new deaths were reported this week vs. 3 in the previous week.  Of the new deaths this past week:
    • 2 were 40-59 years
    • 5 were 60 years or older

USA

  • 100.9 million cases:  429,949 new cases this week vs. 181,332 in the previous week
  • 1.10 million total deaths:  2,745 deaths this week vs. 1,354 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 650.8 million cases: 3.53 million cases this week vs. 3.55 million in the previous week
  • 6.64 million deaths: 11,141 deaths this week vs. 8,725 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

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