South Dakota Department of Health Releases Weekly Updates on Influenza and COVID-19 Cases
Poh Diaries strives to keep its readers informed about the latest health updates, and today we bring you the most recent data released by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) regarding the spread of influenza and COVID-19 in the state during the late fall and winter months.
According to the latest update from the DOH on October 25, there have been 25 confirmed cases of flu so far, with one reported hospitalization. However, the numbers for COVID-19 cases are significantly higher. The DOH has reported a total of 1,429 cases of COVID-19, along with 77 hospitalizations and one unfortunate death.
The reported death from COVID-19 was a woman in the 65+ age range. This tragic loss serves as a reminder of the seriousness of the virus and the importance of taking necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
For those interested in tracking the progress of influenza and COVID-19 in South Dakota, the DOH provides easy access to their data through dashboards available on their website. These dashboards are regularly updated on Wednesdays, ensuring that the public has access to the most current information.
Comparing the current numbers to the previous flu season (2022-2023), we can see a noticeable difference. Last year, there were 16,025 cases of influenza reported in South Dakota, with 727 hospitalizations and 39 deaths. These figures demonstrate that the current flu season is off to a relatively mild start compared to the previous year.
Similarly, when comparing the COVID-19 data from the previous season (2022-2023), the discrepancy is even more striking. Last year, there were a total of 25,606 COVID-19 cases, 1,236 hospitalizations, and a heartbreaking 192 deaths in South Dakota.
As the flu and COVID-19 continue to pose health threats, it is crucial for individuals to stay informed and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their communities. Regularly washing hands, wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated are some of the important steps that can help mitigate the spread of both illnesses.
Poh Diaries will continue to monitor updates from the South Dakota Department of Health and keep our readers up to date with the latest information on influenza and COVID-19. Stay safe and stay tuned for more updates!
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