RAPID CITY, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, COVID numbers are on the rise all through the state with Pennington County main the approach with 249 newly confirmed circumstances in the final week.
Statewide as of June 29 there are 3,101 lively circumstances, up from final week’s report of two,780 circumstances, which is at its highest stage since March. That complete doesn’t embody at-home optimistic check outcomes, which are not required to be reported to the state. Of the state’s 66 counties, 56 are listed as having “excessive” or “substantial” group unfold. The state’s complete case depend is now at 244,523, up from final week’s 243,269.
“We are having an outbreak proper now, and the numbers point out that we have to take the proper precautions. Go get vaccinated to save lots of lives, South Dakota,” mentioned Dr. Shankar Kurra, Monument Health Vice President of Medical Affairs. “We are nonetheless in the pandemic. What we have to do is proceed to have individuals perceive the significance of vaccinating, significance of sporting masks in shut, crowded areas.”
“The present Omicron wave is enjoying out identical to it did in South Africa. We even have two separate waves. The first one is the BA.1, the authentic Omicron. What we’re seeing now throughout the nation and this area as effectively is BA.4, BA.5. So these two sub-variants that are at the identical time rising and that’s the rationalization for the elevated circumstances,” mentioned Dr. Kurra.
There have been 1,720 Delta variant circumstances detected in South Dakota by means of sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 circumstances of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 4 circumstances of P.1. (Gamma variant), and a couple of circumstances of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).
Dr. Kurra mentioned that the new variants are superb at infecting the lungs versus simply the higher nostril and throat.
“If you’re having signs, please get the dwelling check. And our recommendation can be to check if in case you have signs, and isolate in the event you’re optimistic in the dwelling check. You don’t have to verify that with one other check until you’re having growing signs. Then you’ll want to come to the hospital however undoubtedly dwelling check in the event you’re having signs and in the event you flip optimistic, please take that as just about a powerful affirmation of COVID-19,” he mentioned.
Monument Health advises containment measures to stop new variants and to cease these sub-variants from persevering with to unfold – masking in crowds and in poorly ventilated areas, getting vaccinated or boostered, and in the event you check optimistic isolate for ten days.
The South Dakota Department of Health studies that 74 % of the inhabitants ages 5 and older have been vaccinated. Monument Health is now providing vaccines for youngsters below the age of 5.
“So the FDA is cleared and authorised. So has the CDC for ages six months to 4 years. So in different phrases, your toddlers and newborns, your preschoolers can get the COVID vaccines,” mentioned Dr. Kurra. “It’s essential to guard these susceptible toddlers, preschoolers from getting COVID-19.”
You can schedule a vaccine or a check on-line on the Monument Health website.