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Posted on: November 23, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: November 23, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 2,271
  • Recovered Individuals: 1,801
  • Active Cases: 454
  • Spread Category: Substantial

COVID-19: Brookings Thresholds

UPDATED: November 20, 2020

  1. Is the epidemic controlled? No, although Rt is been decreasing 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 = 10). However, staffing will be challenged, thereby limiting the ability to sustain care for the long-term, with the highest anticipated number (n = 34).
  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, about 3 times more testing is needed for Brookings County and 5 times more testing is needed for South Dakota.
    b. Suppression Level: No, test positivity is 18%-32%, which is ab0ve the 3% test positivity needed for suppression.
    c. Approximate Time to Receive Test Results: 1 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 23, 2020

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


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