May 11, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Omicron Variant BA.2.12.1 The Omicron BA.2.12.1 variant is a subvariant of the Omicron BA.2 and is more contagious than the BA.2.  In the USA, the Omicron BA.2 is still the main variant (56% of cases), but the Omicron BA.2.12.1 variant is increasing rapidly and, as of the first week of May, represents 43% of theContinue reading “May 11, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

May 4, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Updated South Dakota 2022 Mortality Data  South Dakota mortality data was updated on 4/17/22 and the provisional number of deaths for February of 2022 is 794.  The average number of deaths for the month of February between 2011 and 2019 was 613.  These data are shown below: Weekly Update: Just a note on the difference between CDCContinue reading “May 4, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

April 27, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

A high percentage of the US population has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 The CDC just reported estimates from a national seroprevalence study on the percentage of the US population that has been infected with SARS-CoV-2.  They measured anti-nucleocapsid (anti-N) antibodies, which are produced in response to an infection but not from the vaccines currently used.  The followingContinue reading “April 27, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

April 20, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status People who were unvaccinated have a greater risk of testing positive and a greater risk of dying from COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated with the initial series of vaccine – this was true across all age groups. A benefit of the primary series plus boosterContinue reading “April 20, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

April 13, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

BA.2 Variant is now the most prevalent in the US and DHHS Region 8 (includes South Dakota) It is estimated that 86% of the SARS-CoV-2 in the US, and 76% in the region that includes South Dakota, is the BA.2 variant.  This variant is more contagious than the previous Omicron variant (see https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#variant-proportions). Region 8Continue reading “April 13, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

April 6, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Mental Health Among Youth and Long-COVID Mental Health Among Youth CDC published data this past week showing that in 2021, 55% of high school students reported experiencing emotional abuse, and 11% experienced physical abuse (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0331-youth-mental-health-covid-19.html?fbclid=IwAR1uneJ0ZHeT-mzYgx7stLiH7X3E3PBDyYCCGL0YncwfRjR_GnHgMxvo3js). Prior CDC data has shown that mental health was getting worse among high school students before the pandemic.  In 2019,Continue reading “April 6, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

March 30, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

South Dakota Death Data, Second Boosters, and COVID RNA in Wastewater Updated South Dakota Death Data: South Dakota Department of Health mortality data through January of 2022 were updated on March 18th (https://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/Mortality-Report-2022-Provisional.pdf).  The graph below shows the death rates by month for 2020-2022, the 1960-2019 average rate, and the highest and lowest monthly deathContinue reading “March 30, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

March 23, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

What’s up with Omicron BA.2? The map below shows the distribution of Omicron BA.2 (light pink) and the original Omicron B.1.1.529 that came through South Dakota in January (dark purple).  Not a lot is known about this variant.  It is more contagious than the original Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) and is responsible for another peak currentlyContinue reading “March 23, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

March 16, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

COVID Deaths, An Odd Year for Influenza & Omicron BA.2 The data on the slides are based on when the data are posted to the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) dashboard.  Cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, but the death data are not declining as rapidly.  This seemed unusual until you look at theContinue reading “March 16, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

March 9, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Update on New CDC Measures of COVID-19 Community Levels: It is not clear what information the CDC is using for estimating the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients at the county level for defining COVID-19 Community Levels (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html). The SDDOH has decided to continue to use the previous indicator of community spread. Continue reading “March 9, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

March 2, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

New CDC Measures of COVID-19 Community Levels: The new CDC measures for defining community level of spread came out on February 25th (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html). Due to these changes, many of the graphs in the data slides have been revised and updated.  The following slides have been deleted: Percent test positivity slides.  These data are difficult toContinue reading “March 2, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”

Feb 23, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

This is just a reminder that both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have full FDA approval. There are still posts on social media about the mRNA vaccines not having full FDA approval and that they are still experimental: the Moderna vaccine received full FDA approval for individuals aged 18 years and older on JanuaryContinue reading “Feb 23, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update”