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Posted on: December 2, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: December 2, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 2,483
  • Recovered Individuals: 2,071
  • Active Cases: 396
  • 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 30, 2020

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

UPDATED: November 30, 2020

Brookings County:

  • Substantial spread
  • 2,429 cases:  175 cases this week vs. 191 in the previous week 
  • 466 active cases on Nov 29th (n=446 last Sunday)
  • 79 ever hospitalized: 5 new admissions this week vs. 4 in the previous week
  • 16 total deaths – no new deaths this week vs. 3 deaths in the previous week
  • Test positivity among people tested (17%) & among tests done (9%) continues to be high but decreased from 28% & 13% in the previous week

South Dakota: 

  • 79,900 cases: 6,835 cases this week vs. 7,684 in the previous week
  • 16,930 active cases on Nov 29th (n=16,897 last Sunday)
  • 4,468 ever hospitalized: 374 admissions this week vs. 450 in the previous week
  • 544 people hospitalized in SD with COVID on Nov 29th (down from 577 last Sunday)
  • 943 total deaths (518 in November): 124 deaths this week vs. 175 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


  • 13.6 million cases: 1.15 million new cases this week vs. 1.22 million in the previous week
  • 272,254 total deaths: 10,464 deaths this week vs. 10,534 in the previous week


  • 62.5 million cases: 4.07 million cases this week vs. 4.17 million in the previous week
  • 1.45 million deaths: 71,769 deaths this week vs. 68,364 in the previous week

Travel Restrictions for South Dakota residents:

As of November 25th, the following states recommend or require travelers from South Dakota to quarantine (



New Mexico



New York




Washington D.C.





Rhode Island

Illinois (Chicago)

New Hampshire



New Jersey



COVID-19: Daily Data

UPDATED: December 2, 2020

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


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