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Posted on: October 11, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: October 11, 2020

The South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily and has confirmed: 

  • Total Cases: 984
  • Individuals Recovered: 801
  • Active Cases: 181
  • Spread Category: Substantial


COVID-19: Local, Regional & National Data

UPDATED: October 11, 2020

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

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Weekly Summary - Week ending October 05, 2020

Brookings County:

  • Good news first:  No new hospitalizations or deaths this past week, and active cases are down to 98.  
  • Brookings County is still considered to have substantial community spread with 78 new cases reported this past week.  
    NOTE:  In order to get from substantial to moderate community spread there needs to be less than 34 new cases in a week.  
  • Percent test positivity continues to be high and is back up to 26% this week (WHO recommends < 5%). 

What can we do to get this outbreak under control?

  • Socially distance, wear a face covering when in public, wash hands often.  
  • We must get percentage of test positives down.  A high percentage says that not enough testing is being done.
  • We need to identify symptomatic and asymptomatic cases. 
  • Let’s have a goal of getting to moderate spread – with a low percentage test positivity.

South Dakota: 

  • Average of 409 new cases per day this past week, with a percentage test positivity of 25%.
  • COVID cases in the 60+ age group increased from 668 last week to 705 this week.  
  • New hospital admissions decreased from 191 last week to 154 hospitalizations this week, but  
  • there are currently 241 individuals hospitalized with COVID, compared to 209 individuals last Monday - highest number ever of individuals hospitalized with COVID.
  • There were 30 deaths this week compared to 16 last week, with a total of 248 deaths.


  • 7.6 million total cases with average cases per day steady at 45,000 per day.   
  • 215,000 total deaths with average deaths per day decreasing slightly from 760 deaths per day a week ago to 740 deaths per day this week. 


  • 35.4 million total cases with average cases per day fairly steady at 299,000.
  • There are now over 1 million deaths worldwide from COVID with an average of 5,600 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.   In some states these are recommendations, while other states enforce these travel bans with relatively high fines.  As of September 28rd, the following states require travelers from South Dakota to quarantine ( [website updated daily]):  

  • Alaska 
  • Connecticut 
  • Washington D.C.
  • Hawaii 
  • Illinois (Chicago)
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire 
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Emerging Information:
Journal of American Medical Association Articles

Review of aerosol generation, transport, and control in the context of COVID-19:

The coronavirus pandemic and aerosols: Does COVID-19 transmit via expiratory particles?

CDC website:  COVID-19 – How it Spreads

Symptom duration and risk factors for delayed return to usual health among outpatients with COVID-19 in a multistate health care systems network – United States, March-June 2020 (Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report):

Daily Data | COVID-19 | Updated - October 11, 2020

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