December 14, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status

The following graph is based on data from 21 health departments, including the South Dakota Department of Health, and can be found on the CDC website.  The following is a summary taken from the CDC:

  • All vaccinated groups had overall lower risk of dying from COVID-19 and testing positive for COVID-19 compared with people who were unvaccinated.
  • Based on early surveillance data, people who were vaccinated with an updated (bivalent) booster dose had lower rates of dying from COVID-19 and slightly lower rates of testing positive for COVID-19 compared with people who were vaccinated but had not received an updated booster dose.
  • Age-standardized rates of cases and deaths by vaccination status and receipt of the updated (bivalent) booster dose do not account for other factors like the higher prevalence of previous infection among the unvaccinated and un-boosted groups; waning protection related to time since vaccination; and testing practices (such as use of at-home tests), underlying conditions, and prevention behaviors which likely differ by age and vaccination status. Additionally, any data recording errors that misclassify monovalent and updated (bivalent) boosters at the time of vaccine administration would make rates between the two groups appear more similar.

Take home message:  Now would be a good time to get the updated bivalent COVID booster.  As noted below, among people aged 18 years or older, only 14.6% of Brookings residents and 17.1% of South Dakota residents, have received the updated bivalent booster.

Updates:

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 25% vs. 26% last week])

  • Only 14.6% of people 18 years of age and older in Brookings County have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 9,179 total cases:  30 new cases this week vs. 28 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 20% were under 20 years of age (vs. 21% in previous week)
    • 30% were 20-39 years (vs. 25% in previous week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 18% in previous week)
    • 27% were 60 years or older (vs. 36% in previous week)
  • 246 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: no new hospitalizations were posted this past week compared to 1 in the previous week. 
  • Currently, the percentage of staffed beds that are COVID-occupied in the Sioux Empire region is 3.8% (compared to 3.7% last week), and 21.5% of the total hospital beds are available.
  • 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 17.1% of people 18 years of age and older in South Dakota have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 270,809 cases: 923 new cases this week vs. 1,089 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 20% were under 20 years of age (vs. 18% in previous week)
    • 24% were 20-39 years (vs. 25% in previous week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 24% in previous week)
    • 33% were 60 years or older (vs. 33% in previous week)
  • 12,161 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 35 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 51 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 0% were under 20 years of age (vs. 4% in previous week)
    • 6% were 20-39 years (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 11% were 40-59 years (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 83% were 60 years or older (vs. 69% in previous week)
  • 64 people are currently hospitalized vs. 62 last Wednesday (8 currently in the ICU vs. 6 last week).
  • Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 3.1% (compared to 2.9% last week), and 33.6% of the total hospital beds are available.
  • 3,115 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  9 new deaths were reported this week vs. 7 in the previous week.  Of the new deaths this past week:
    • 2 were 40-59 years
    • 7 were 60 years or older

USA

  • 101.4 million cases:  457,193 new cases this week vs. 429,949 in the previous week
  • 1.11 million total deaths:  2,767 deaths this week vs. 2,745 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 654.7 million cases: 3.92 million cases this week vs. 3.53 million in the previous week
  • 6.66 million deaths: 12,077 deaths this week vs. 11,141 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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