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Posted on: November 24, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: November 24, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 2,292
  • Recovered Individuals: 1,841
  • Active Cases: 435
  • 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


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UPDATED: November 23, 2020

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

UPDATED: November 23, 2020

Brookings County:

  • Substantial spread
  • 2,254 cases:  199 cases this week vs. 279 in the previous week  
  • 446 active cases on Nov 22nd (down from 550 last Sunday)
  • 74 ever hospitalized: 4 new admissions this week vs. 12 in the previous week
  • 16 total deaths – 3 new deaths this week vs. 4 deaths in the previous week
  • Test positivity among people tested (28%) & among tests done (13%) continues to be high but decreased from 40% & 21% in the previous week

South Dakota: 

  • 73,065 cases: 7,684 cases this week vs. 9,977 in the previous week 
  • 16,897 active cases on Nov 22nd (down from 19,360 last Sunday)
  • 4,094 ever hospitalized: 450 admissions this week vs. 460 in the previous week
  • 577 people hospitalized in SD with COVID on Nov 22nd (up from 553 last Sunday)
  • 819 total deaths (394 in Nov): 175 deaths this week vs. 108 in the previous week 
  • Test positivity among people tested (45%) & among tests done (18%) continues to be high but decreased from 58% & 26% in the previous week


  • 12.45 million cases: 1,224,448 new cases this week vs. 1,043,241 in the previous week.
  • 261,790 total deaths: 10,534 deaths this week vs. 7,999 in the previous week.


  • 58.48 million cases: 4.17 million cases this week vs. 4.06 million in the previous week
  • 1.38 million deaths: 68,364 deaths this week vs. 55,894 in the previous week

COVID-19: Daily Data

UPDATED: November 24, 2020

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


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