Healthcare provider and lab guidance and information on COVID-19 symptoms, testing, vaccination, data collection, and more.

General COVID-19 Guidance

Medical providers are recommended to test individuals with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

CDC has updated its guidance for COVID-19 vaccination, including:

  • Recommendations for use of the 2023–­2024 formulations of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:
    • Everyone ages 5 years and older is recommended to receive 1 dose of updated (2023–­2024 Formula) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
    • Children ages 6 months–4 years
      • Initial vaccination: should receive either 2 doses of updated (2023­–2024 Formula) Moderna or 3 doses of updated (2023–­2024 Formula) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
      • Received previous mRNA doses: need 1 or 2 doses of updated (2023–­2024 Formula) Moderna or updated (2023­–­2024 Formula) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of prior doses
    • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
      • Initial vaccination: should receive a 3-dose series of updated (2023–­2024 Formula) Moderna or updated (2023–­2024 Formula) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
      • Received previous mRNA doses: need 1 or 2 doses of updated (2023­–2024 Formula) Moderna or updated (2023–­2024 Formula) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of prior doses
      • May receive 1 or more additional updated (2023–­­2024 Formula) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses
    • Bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer recommended in the United States
  • Updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccination and myocarditis or pericarditis
  • Updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccination and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS) in children (MIS-C) and in adults (MIS-A)
  • Reorganization and consolidation of sections on contraindications and precautions, including allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines

To view all updates, please visit CDC’s Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.

South Dakota Specific Information

The SD DOH transitioned to a new immunization information system (IIS) vendor platform and is no longer creating user accounts in our legacy system. All users need to complete training to gain access to the new system. If your facility already uses SDIIS, please see this memo with instructions to complete training for our new system.

View Instructional Memo

Need Assistance?

If you have questions or need assistance navigating the STC LMS, such as changing your job role, please contact STC staff at stc_trainingservices@stchome.com. If your facility is NOT using SDIIS, please get in touch with Brett Oakland at brett.oakland@state.sd.us to inquire about enrolling your facility in SDIIS.

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

Registry

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

COVID-19 Positive Patient Registry

The SD DOH maintains a strategic stockpile of supplies readily available for emergency response. Requests received outside of a public health emergency must be evaluated by the state’s public health preparedness and response team.

Medical Material (PPE/Equipment) Request Fulfillment Policy

COVID-19 test kits are available through the South Dakota Public Health Laboratory. If you need kits, please use the online order form.

Medical Supplies Order Form

The Department of Health maintains a variety of LISTSERVs that provide information on current guidance and scheduled calls.