August 10, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Information on monkeypox is provided this week.  The following are some key points (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/monkeypox): Vaccines for smallpox provide protection against monkeypox. Symptoms last 2 to 4 weeks; severe cases can occur. The case fatality rate has recently been around 3–6% and is higher in young children. Transmitted through contact with: an infected person or animal,Continue reading “August 10, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

August 3, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

The data below show cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over time for the USA (green), South Dakota (orange), and Brookings County (blue).  The higher rates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among South Dakota residents early in the pandemic are apparent, as is the slight lag in timing since early 2021 seen in South Dakota relative toContinue reading “August 3, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

July 27, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Last week I did a video with the City of Brookings that included an update on the BA.5 variant, a discussion about the indicators used to describe the level of COVID in communities, and difficulties with interpreting data on new cases (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggnIR9pfOwc).  I also briefly mentioned the results of a recent report indicating that theContinue reading “July 27, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

July 20, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Updates The highly contagious BA.5 variant of Omicron is now estimated to represent 78% of COVID in the USA and 80% of COVID cases in this region of the USA (Colorado, Montana, North & South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions. Although Brookings County had the lowest rate of new cases per population size this past week,Continue reading “July 20, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

July 13, 2022: COVID Data Weekly Update

I could say the dog ate the router but that wouldn’t be quite right.  Regardless, here’s today’s report – late, but here. Below are recent trends in the rate of new cases in the ten counties with the most populated cities, adjusting for population size: Updates Just a reminder – community levels are based onContinue reading “July 13, 2022: COVID Data Weekly Update”

July 6, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

There were 1,464 deaths among South Dakota residents posted on the COVID dashboard in 2020 and 1,010 deaths in 2021.  Since January 1, 2022, there have been 466 deaths posted.  Below is a summary of new COVID cases and hospitalizations by week posted on the Department of Health dashboard. Updates Just a reminder – communityContinue reading “July 6, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

June 29, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

It looks like the number of new cases is picking up, with three of the ten counties with the most populated cities having a high level of COVID and all ten of them increasing over the last week. Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 may be responsible for this increase since the percentage of COVID cases thatContinue reading “June 29, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

June 22, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Below are the numbers of newly diagnosed cases per week in the U.S. with the timing of the different variants identified.  The first variant noted was the UK variant in December of 2020, quickly followed by Brazil and South African variants in January 2021.  The Delta variant was responsible for the peak in the lateContinue reading “June 22, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

June 15, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

COVID-19 Variants:  BA.5 has already become the predominant variant in many parts of Europe, which has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The BA.4 and BA.5 variants are increasing in the U.S., as shown below (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions): The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released a report concerning BA.4 and BA.5 variants on JuneContinue reading “June 15, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

June 8, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

The number of new cases per 100,000 population since the end of April for the ten counties with the most populated cities is shown below: Weekly Update: The number of new cases increased about 50% in the state last week and more than doubled in Brookings County.  Both the state and Brookings County have highContinue reading “June 8, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

June 1, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

The updated South Dakota mortality data, transmission levels, community levels, and variant distributions are reviewed today. South Dakota Updated Mortality Data:  Total number of deaths among South Dakota residents in March of 2022 (n=685) is similar to the average number of deaths in March between 2010 and 2019 (n=678) and is lower than the numberContinue reading “June 1, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”