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Posted on: September 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update | September 22, 2020

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South Dakota Department of Health Update: 9-22-2020: 

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed (through their COVID-19 website) that there are now 696 total cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, and 578 of those individuals have recovered. There are currently 116 active cases and two (2) deaths. The South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with new cases of the coronavirus. The Department of Health has changed its definition for community spread (see At this time, Brookings County is in the "substantial" community spread category.


Local, Regional and National COVID-19 Data Update: 9-22-2020:

Source: Bonny Specker, Ph. D., South Dakota State University, Division of Research and Economic Development.  

Video Update: - September 21, 2020

Weekly Summary - Week ending September 21, 2020

Brookings County:

  • Brookings County is still considered to have substantial community spread. There were 80 new cases reported this past week for a total of 680 cases. As of today, there are 109 active cases in Brookings.
  • There have been two new hospitalizations and one additional death since the last weekly report, for a total of 10 hospitalizations and two deaths.
  • Percent test positivity for Brookings over the past week continues to be high and has increased to 24%. The WHO recommends that this percentage is below 5%.

South Dakota: 

  • The number of new cases in South Dakota has increased this past week with an average of 295 new cases per day.
  • The total number of positive cases among institutes of higher education students and staff are 1,115 and 57, respectively. The total number of positive cases among K-12 students and staff are 674 and 289, respectively.
  • Percent test positivity for the past week continues to be high at 19% (WHO recommends below 5%).
  • The number of new hospital admissions during the past week continues to increase with 126 hospitalizations this week compared to 87 last week. The 7-day running average of hospitalizations per day is the highest it has ever been and has increased steadily over the last two weeks. As of today, there are 161 individuals hospitalized with COVID.
  • There were 18 deaths this week for a total of 202 deaths.


  • 7 million total cases with average cases per day increasing from 37,000 per day a week ago to 42,000 per day this week.
  • 204,000 total deaths with average deaths per day increasing slightly from 781 deaths per day a week ago to 800 deaths per day this week.


  • 31.2 million total cases with average cases per day increasing from 279,000 per day a week ago to 293,000 per day this week.
  • 965,000 total deaths with average deaths per day remaining steady at about 5,300 deaths per day this past week.

Travel Restrictions:

If you are planning to travel either within or outside the U.S., you should look at possible travel restrictions since many states and countries are requiring anyone who has been in South Dakota to quarantine for two weeks or present evidence of a negative COVID test. As of September 21rd, the following states require travelers from South Dakota to quarantine ( [website updated daily]):

  • Alaska (requires negative test)
  • Connecticut
  • Washington D.C.
  • Hawaii (requirements may change Oct. 1)
  • Illinois (Chicago)
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire (possible)
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont (possible)

Emerging Information:
Journal of American Medical Association Articles

Daily Data | COVID-19 | Updated - September 22, 2020

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