Jan 12, 2022 COVID Weekly Update

The Omicron variant is striking South Dakota hard, and many records were broken this past week. Home test results are not included in the following graphs that show the large number of new cases diagnosed during the past week: Hospitalizations will likely increase over the next several weeks due to the low percentages of theContinue reading “Jan 12, 2022 COVID Weekly Update”

Jan 5, 2022 COVID Weekly Update

There are currently 12,578 active cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota (population of 884,600) – which translates to one out of 70 South Dakotans now sick with COVID. Many counties, including Brookings, are following a similar pattern as the state (and the country): National Situation Vaccines are Important Being fully vaccinated reduces the risk ofContinue reading “Jan 5, 2022 COVID Weekly Update”

Historical Fiction Related to Epidemiology

I started this blog in August of 2020 to try to educate the public on basic epidemiologic principles and provide an update on local COVID-19 data.  In January 2021, I retired and realized that my passion for epidemiology began when I read the historical stories of the ‘original’ epidemiologists and how various outbreaks taught usContinue reading “Historical Fiction Related to Epidemiology”

Dec 29, 2021 COVID Weekly Update

Both South Dakota and Brookings County have been in the highest level of community spread since the middle of August 2021.  The high number of cases has led to hospitalizations and deaths, even among the young adults. Since that time, twenty-one weeks ago, the South Dakota DOH has reported on its dashboard: 46 hospitalizations andContinue reading “Dec 29, 2021 COVID Weekly Update”

Dec 22, 2021 COVID Weekly Update

Omicron has spread quickly throughout the USA:  13% of the COVID cases on 12/11/21 were estimated to be the Omicron variant (purple), whereas 73% of the cases on 12/18/21 were estimated to be Omicron (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions). Update as of 12/22/21 at 1:50 pm. The SDDOH has reported a case of Omicron in South Dakota (Minnehaha County).Continue reading “Dec 22, 2021 COVID Weekly Update”

Dec 15, 2021: COVID Weekly Update

South Dakota Level of Community Spread (time period of Tue Dec 07 2021 – Mon Dec 13 2021; https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view): Notes on today’s update: Brookings County had two cases in the 60+ age group and one death deleted from the data base this past week. This is likely a correction in the county of residence. ActiveContinue reading “Dec 15, 2021: COVID Weekly Update”

Dec 8, 2021: COVID Weekly Update

A few highlights: More South Dakotans died this past week with COVID (n=35) than the average number of deaths from the flu in a year between 2010 and 2020 (n=34).  Four of those deaths were among people aged 20-39 years. Number of new cases, active cases, and new hospital admissions are up in South Dakota andContinue reading “Dec 8, 2021: COVID Weekly Update”

Surgeon General (with Dr. Glaucomflecken)

I usually only post actual data and avoid commentaries, etc., but I couldn’t resist with this one. Dr. Glaucomflecken is not only an ophthalmologist but also a comedian. He has a Twitter account where he posts many of his videos – the one below was produced with the US Surgeon, Dr. General Murthy, and isContinue reading “Surgeon General (with Dr. Glaucomflecken)”

Dec 1, 2021: COVID Weekly Update, Omicron & South Dakota Deaths

A few things about the Omicron variant* November 26th – the WHO designated the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) a variant of concern A large number of mutations in the spike protein – may be more transmissible and associated with ‘immune escape.’ Main uncertainties: How transmissible the variant is Whether any increases are related to immune escapeContinue reading “Dec 1, 2021: COVID Weekly Update, Omicron & South Dakota Deaths”

Nov 24, 2021: COVID Weekly Update & Rankings

Be smart over the holiday – the situation is not as good as you might think it is. South Dakota & County COVID-19 Comparison Data:  The following is a summary of South Dakota standings nationally as posted in the Washington Post as of 1:45 pm CT on 11/24/21 (based on data from Hopkins and stateContinue reading “Nov 24, 2021: COVID Weekly Update & Rankings”

Nov 17, 2021: COVID Weekly Update

A large part of the United States is currently at the highest level of community spread.  Additionally, all but three of South Dakota counties are in a high level of community spread.  Now is not the time to ignore preventive measures – you know them.  With people moving indoors in colder weather, it is importantContinue reading “Nov 17, 2021: COVID Weekly Update”

Nov 10, 2021: COVID Weekly Update

An excellent comic published by National Public Radio (NPR) about the history of schools requiring vaccines – it’s worth the time to check it out:  https://www.npr.org/2021/11/05/1051902361/covid-vaccine-schools-history-comic Weekly Updates – A few highlights or comments: Yes, Brookings County is doing pretty well relative to the ten counties with the most populated cities; however, all ten countiesContinue reading “Nov 10, 2021: COVID Weekly Update”