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Posted on: November 30, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: November 30, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 2,448
  • Recovered Individuals: 1,961
  • Active Cases: 471
  • Spread Category: Substantial

COVID-19: Brookings Thresholds

UPDATED: November 28, 2020

  1. Is the epidemic controlled? No, although Rt has been less than 1.0 in Brookings and South Dakota for the last 8 days.
  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 = 8). However, staffing will be challenged, thereby limiting the ability to sustain care for the long-term, with the highest anticipated number (n = 29).
  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, almost twice as much testing is needed for Brookings County and about 5 times more testing is needed for South Dakota.
    b. Suppression Level: No, test positivity is 14%-16%, which is above the 3% test positivity needed for suppression.
    c. Approximate Time to Receive Test Results: 1 to 3 days


COVID-19: Brookings Epidemiology Weekly Video

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 30, 2020

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


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