SD Dept. of Health statistics point to hardest hit by COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – As of Wednesday morning, 460 South Dakotans have died from COVID-19-related complications. South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton breaks down the statistics pointing to some of the hardest hit groups of people by the pandemic.
Using data from the beginning of the pandemic through Nov. 3, of the 446 people who have died:
- 54% of the deaths occur in those 80 years of age or older
- 94% of the deaths had one or more underlying medical condition
- 59% of deaths occurred among nursing home or assisted living residents
Clayton encourages people to run through a check list before heading out the door every day to ensure they have what they need to contain COVID-19. Along with monitoring yourself for symptoms, he suggests having hand sanitizer if there will not be adequate access to a hand washing station, have a mask if social distancing at the destination cannot be maintained, and have tissues to reduce the spread of germs when coughing or sneezing.
In the past month, 212 South Dakotans have died due to complications related to the virus – nearly half of all the state’s deaths since the first death was reported in March.