January 18, 2023: COVID Weekly Data Update

South Dakota Deaths

The DOH posted its updated mortality data for 2022 through October (link) and the results are shown below. 

  • The death rate per 100,000 population in October is close to the highest rate observed between 1960-2019 and continues to be above average. 
  • This is also seen in the absolute number of deaths.  Through October 2022 there have been 7,388 deaths compared to the average of 6,480 (2010-2019) for a total number of excess deaths of 908. 
  • As of the end of October 2022, COVID-19 remains the third leading cause of death for 2022.

Vaccines and Sudden Death – Separating fact from fiction

Nineteen percent of South Dakotans, and 16% of Brookings County residents, aged 18 years and older, have received the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine.  This is extremely low and may be due in part to the rumors that are out on social media.

An excellent discussion of the proposed relationship between COVID-19 vaccination and sudden death among young adults was recently posted by two epidemiologists (link) and addresses many of these rumors.  I was particularly impressed by one set of data they present: ‘deaths due to diseases of the circulatory system’ among 18 to 39-year-olds – which would include heart attacks and blood clots in the lung.  The following graph by Pienaar shows that circulatory system deaths increased sharply during the pre-vaccination period of the pandemic but stopped increasing post-vaccination period.   

Other data presented include:

  • Deaths from all causes by vaccination status, which debunks the rumor that COVID-19 vaccines are seriously harmful and intended to depopulate the planet.
  • Excess deaths and COVID deaths in young adults (aged 18-49 years), which debunks the rumor the COVID-19 vaccines were the cause of increased deaths in 2021.
  • Variety of data and discussion addressing rumors around vaccines and deaths among young athletes, the occurrence of blood clots, personal stories of death after vaccination, and misconceptions about the CDC VAERS database.
  • Validated serious side effects from COVID-19 are summarized.

The following is their summary:

“Safety in vaccines is incredibly important to monitor. Unfortunately, no vaccine is risk free. There are rare vaccine tragedies, and they need to be taken seriously. But do not confound these rare tragedies with thinking they are common occurrences. And certainly don’t forget that COVID-19 vaccines saved millions of lives across the globe and will continue to do so.”

Updates:

Note: dates on national and world data slides were corrected in the pdf below after it was originally posted.

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 32% vs. 29% last week])

  • Only 16.1% of people 18 years of age and older in Brookings County have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 9,264 total cases:  22 new cases this week vs. 11 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 32% were under 20 years of age (vs. 27% in previous week)
    • 18% were 20-39 years (vs. 27% in previous week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 27% in previous week)
    • 27% were 60 years or older (vs. 18% in previous week)
  • 247 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 0 hospitalizations 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 3.3% (compared to 3.6% last week), and 17.5% of the total hospital beds are available (compared to 44.2% last week).
  • 64 Brookings County residents have died of COVID:  1 new death was reported this past week compared to 1 death in the previous week.

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

  • Only 19.0% of people 18 years of age and older in South Dakota have received the updated bivalent booster (link to data here). 
  • 273,354 cases: 464 new cases this week vs. 523 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 21% were under 20 years of age (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 24% were 20-39 years (vs. 24% in previous week)
    • 20% were 40-59 years (vs. 21% in previous week)
    • 35% were 60 years or older (vs. 41% in previous week)
  • 12,299 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 24 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 48 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 8% were under 20 years of age (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 4% were 20-39 years (vs. 0% in previous week)
    • 17% were 40-59 years (vs. 0% in previous week)
    • 71% were 60 years or older (vs. 86% in previous week)
  • 57 people are currently hospitalized vs. 52 last Wednesday (8 currently in the ICU vs. 5 last week).
  • Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 2.7% (compared to 2.4% last week), and 29.7% of the total hospital beds are available (compared to 43.0% last week).
  • 3,145 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  12 new deaths reported this week vs. 9 in the previous week.  Of the new deaths reported this past week, all were aged 60 years or older.

USA

  • 103.6 million cases:  462,568 new cases this week vs. 404,291 in the previous week
  • 1.12 million total deaths:  4,170 deaths this week vs. 2,968 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 671.8 million cases: 2.55 million cases this week vs. 3.33 million in the previous week
  • 6.73 million deaths: 15,809 deaths this week vs. 16,506 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other and have a happy new year.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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