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Posted on: October 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update | October 26, 2020

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COVID-19: Brookings County

UPDATED: October 26, 2020

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

  • Total Cases: 1,390
  • Recovered Individuals: 1,000
  • Active Cases: 386
  • Spread Category: Substantial

COVID-19: Brookings Thresholds

UPDATED: Week Ending October 23, 2020

  1. Is the epidemic controlled? No
  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 = 28).
  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 to 4times more testing is needed
    b. Suppression Level: No, test positivity is 30%-39%, which is far from the 3% test positivity needed for suppression
    c. Approximate Time to Receive Test Results: 2 to 3 days


COVID-19: Brookings Epidemiology Weekly Video

UPDATED: Week Ending October 19, 2020

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

UPDATED: Week Ending October 23, 2020

Brookings County:

  • 1,380 cases:  181 cases this week vs. 215 in previous week  
  • 382 active cases (record high on 10/25)
  • 40 ever hospitalized: 10 new admissions this week vs. 11 in previous week
  • 4 total deaths – 2 deaths this week
  • Substantial community spread
  • Test positivity among people tested continues to be high at 29% (WHO recommends < 5%)

South Dakota: 

  • 39,203 cases: 5,934 cases this week vs. 4,705 in previous week*  
  • As of 10/25, 10,745 active cases* 
  • 2,436 ever hospitalized: 317 admissions this week vs. 253 in previous week*
  • As of 10/25, 366 individuals were hospitalized with COVID*
  • 375 total deaths: 52 deaths this week vs. 37 in previous week*
  • among people tested continues to be high at 40% (WHO recommends < 5%)*

*Record high numbers or 7-day average


  • 8.83 million cases: 485,267 new cases this week vs. 395,801 in previous week
  • Record high for 7-day average number of cases per day
  • 230,068 total deaths: 5,786 deaths this week vs. 5,000 in previous week


  • 42.92 million cases: 2.98 million cases this week vs. 2.48 million in previous week
  • 1.15 million deaths: 40,116 deaths this week vs. 36,906 in previous week

Travel Restrictions:
If you are planning to travel, research current travel restrictions. Many states and countries are requiring anyone who has been in South Dakota to quarantine for two weeks or present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. In some states these are recommendations, while other states enforce with fines. The New York Times COVID-19 Travel Restrictions page is updated daily and as of October 21, 2020, the following states require travelers from South Dakota to quarantine:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington D.C.

COVID-19: Daily Data

UPDATED: October 26, 2020

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


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