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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information

Updates | COVID-19 in South Dakota | Trend Data
Precautions to Avoid Illness | If You Develop Symptoms
Community Guidance | Resources in Multiple Languages
For Medical Providers | SD Healthcare Provider Guidance
Hydroxychloroquine Distribution | PEPCOH
SD Registries & Data Collection
CDC Healthcare Provider Guidance
| CDC Website


The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.South Dakota COVID-19 Information Line.
Questions about COVID-19? We're here to help.
Please Call: 1-800-997-2880

Updates

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COVID-19 in South Dakota

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Trend Data

Statewide 14-day testing trend data

NOTE: Trend data is presented by date of test result, not by date reported on the DOH data dashboard.

Minnehaha County 14-day testing trend data

NOTE: Trend data is presented by date of test result, not by date reported on the DOH data dashboard.

South Dakota ILINet Weekly Surveillance Percentage, 2015/16 to 2019/20 Influenza Seasons

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Precautions to avoid illness

Clean hands often.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact.
	Avoid close contact with people.
Stay at home as much as possible, except to run essential errands or to seek medical attention.
Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Wear a cloth face cover.	Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
	The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
	Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
	Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.cover coughs & Sneezes.
	If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
	Throw used tissues in the trash.
	Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
clean and disinfect.
	Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
	If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

What can you do?

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations:

South Dakota Travelers Returning Home: What You Should Know?

South Dakota’s healthcare system is prepared to identify and treat cases of COVID-19.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS

COVID-19 Screening Tool. This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVD-19. Click to Start Your Screening. Developed by CDC, White House, and FEMA.
If you develop symptoms:

Self-Quarantine, Self-Isolation, and Self-Monitoring:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Visit the CDC website for more information.

Find Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Dakota - community-based primary care services in underserved areas providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay.

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Community Guidance & Resources

Do you speak English as a second language? CLICK HERE for Translated Resources.Guidance from the CDC is available for:

NEW! Reopening Guidance from the CDC:

Behavioral Health

Communities

Retirement and Independent Living Facilities

Schools, Daycares & Youth Programs

Workplaces

Food Safety

Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds

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information for Medical Providers

Medical providers who are concerned a patient may be infected with COVID-19 should:

  • Mask the patient
  • Isolate the Patient in a private room or separate area, and
  • Contact with SD-DOH (800-592-1861) immediately for consultation and guidance

General Testing Recommendations

Medical providers should consider testing individuals, using a viral test, with the following signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough or
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Testing at the South Dakota Public Health Laboratory

The following groups of individuals will be prioritized for testing:

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Healthcare workers, first responders, and active military, with symptoms
  • Individuals living or working in institutional settings, such as long-term care facilities, with symptoms
  • Underinsured or uninsured individuals, with symptoms
  • Low-income individuals or those unable to pay for testing, with symptoms
  • Homeless individuals with symptoms

Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other infectious causes of respiratory illness, such as influenza and RSV. Note: Asymptomatic patients are not eligible for testing at the SD Public Health Laboratory.

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SD Guidance for Healthcare Providers

  • SD-DOH would like to remind medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories that cases of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are considered immediately reportable in South Dakota (under Coronavirus Respiratory syndromes).

  • COVID-19: Healthcare Responder Stress Guidance - During the COVID-19 outbreak in South Dakota, you may experience far greater than average stress. This document will help you learn ways to recognize your stress reactions and practice stress management.

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

On March 23, 2020, Governor Noem issued Executive Order 2020-07 which recognizes the licenses of medical professionals licensed in another state in accordance with the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The following professions licensed in other states have the authority to practice in SD based on an active license in another state. They do not need to gain another license in SD. It is recommended that if you are utilizing the services of one of the professionals licensed in other states that you verify the licensure status of that individual. Please contact the board office with any questions that you have during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

Important LISTSERVs for Healthcare Providers

The Department of Health maintains a variety of LISTSERVs that provide useful information on COVID-19, including current guidance and scheduled calls.

ATTENTION RETIRED OR INACTIVE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS:

Governor Noem is reaching out to our state’s licensed medical professionals (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) who are willing to volunteer their services during this COVID-19 pandemic through the Department of Health’s Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers in South Dakota (SERV SD). SERV SD coordinates the pre-registration of medical and health care professionals who may be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency.

Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join SERV SD. SERV SD will create a database of medical and health care volunteers who can be mobilized immediately in response to an emergency. Participation in a deployment opportunity is optional. You may decide at the time a call is made to volunteer if you are willing and able to respond.

Registering with SERV SD is easy. Go to https://volunteers.sd.gov/.

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Hydroxychloroquine Distribution Information

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for COVID-19 with Hydroxychloroquine (PEPCOH)

South Dakota has launched a statewide clinical trial (research study) to investigate the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and understand its role in potentially preventing COVID-19 in certain groups. For more information click the links below:

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South Dakota Registries and Data Collection for COVID-19

South Dakota and its health systems have banded together to combat the SARS CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease. Developing and using registries to collect, analyze, and share data about the virus and its impact on patients, physicians, and other caregivers will help develop the knowledge to successfully prevent and treat COVID-19. South Dakota clinicians and facilities have access to three data collection tools to aid in the gathering of evidence. Learn more below:

Hydroxychloroquine EUA Data Collection

The state of South Dakota received a supply of hydroxychloroquine from the national stockpile. SD Hydroxychloroquine Facility and Clinician FAQ (LINK THIS) describes the process for use of the national stockpile. The Department of Health and Human Services is collecting data on the prescribing of Hydroxychloroquine and prescribing providers must complete the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) upon prescription.

Registries

Randomized clinical trials provide the most reliable information to test treatments, but are not always practical or possible, especially during a pandemic. Structured data collection is the pragmatic answer to collecting data outside of a clinical trial. The purpose of the registries is to learn more about the natural history of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the effects of treatments, possible mechanisms of disease, and to inform the development of diagnostics and therapeutics. 

The HCQ Prescriber Registry focuses solely on COVID-19 positive patients who have been prescribed hydroxychloroquine. The patients can be outpatient or inpatient, and the registry attempts to collect information on the symptoms and pre-existing conditions of these patients. No follow-up is required.

The COVID-19 Positive Patient Registry is more inclusive, creating a database of all COVID-19 positive patients, regardless of their treatment. This registry will provide for the collection of onset symptoms, pre-existing conditions but then also provide for the collection of treatments and outcomes initially and on an ongoing basis until the patient is recovered. 

Consolidation of the various sources of data will be structured as the registry volumes mature, anticipated development of the integrated Registry database is fall, 2020. The consolidated registry will be governed with data use agreements and an oversight body to protect the privacy of patients and clinicians, but encourage access by physicians and researchers to answer COVID-19 related questions.

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CDC Guidance for Healthcare Providers

CDC issued guidance to healthcare facilities in the event that illness is identified.

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