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Posted on: November 19, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: November 19, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 2,167
  • Recovered Individuals: 1,662
  • Active Cases: 491
  • Spread Category: Substantial

COVID-19: Brookings Thresholds

UPDATED: November 15, 2020

  1. Is the epidemic controlled? No. Rt is been increasing over the last week both locally and statewide.
  2. Is the health system able to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that may arise after adapting some measures? Based on current census, Brookings Health System feels they can handle the lowest of the anticipated numbers (n = 12). However, staffing will be challenged, thereby limiting the ability to sustain care for the long-term, with the highest anticipated number (n = 37).
  3. Is the public health surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their contacts, and identify a resurgence of cases in Brookings?
    a. Mitigation Level: No, 3-5 times more testing is needed for Brookings County and 6-7 times more testing is needed for South Dakota.
    b. Suppression Level: No, test positivity is 30%-59%, which is far from the 3% test positivity needed for suppression.
    c. Approximate Time to Receive Test Results: 2 to 5 days


COVID-19: Brookings Epidemiology Weekly Video

UPDATED: November 16, 2020

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COVID-19: Local, Regional, and National Weekly Summary

UPDATED: November 16, 2020

Brookings County:

  • Substantial spread.
  • 2,063 cases:  279 cases this week vs. 239 in the previous week 
  • 550 active cases on Nov 15th (up from 453 last Sunday)
  • 70 ever hospitalized: 12 new admissions this week vs. 11 in the previous week
  • 13 total deaths – 4 new deaths this week vs. 3 deaths in the previous week
  • Test positivity among people tested (40%) and among tests done (21%) continues to be high (WHO recommends < 5%). 

South Dakota: 

  • 65,381 cases: 9,977 cases this week vs. 8,080 in the previous week
  • 19,360 active cases on Nov 15th (up from 15,750 last Sunday)
  • 3,644 ever hospitalized: 460 admissions this week vs. 463 in the previous week
  • 553 individuals hospitalized in SD with COVID on Nov 8th (up from 546 last Sunday)
  • 644 total deaths: 108 deaths this week vs. 99 in the previous week
  • Test positivity among people tested (58%) and among tests done (26%) continues to be high (WHO recommends < 5%). 


  • 11.2 million cases: 1,043,241 new cases this week vs. 780,387 in the previous week
  • 251,256 total deaths: 7,999 deaths this week vs. 7,185 in the previous week


  • 54.3 million cases: 4.06 million cases this week vs. 3.88 million in the previous week
  • 1.25 million deaths: 55,000 deaths this week vs. 45,000 in the previous week

COVID-19: Daily Data

UPDATED: November 19, 2020

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


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