SD COVID Timeline

Health care professionals are watching COVID-19 infection rates decrease with caution. On Wednesday, the South Dakota Department of Health announced there were 4,762 active cases in the state. The last time South Dakota had fewer than 5,000 cases was back in October of last year.   

In an interview with KXLG News on November 17th, Prairie Lakes CEO KC DeBoer said his staff was “beyond busy” dealing the influx of COVID-19 and regular patients.  At that time they had 22 patients hospitalized with COVID.  According to the South Dakota Department of Health website, as of Wednesday afternoon Prairie Lakes Healthcare had 3 COVID-19 patients. 

Jennifer Bender of Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown, says the community has taken precautions and that has helped reduce the number of cases, allowing healthcare workers to assist in other needed areas, such as the vaccine clinic…….

During the Department of Health press conference Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said the state is making significant progress on the vaccine distribution…..

Malsam-Rysdon said the state has received information that the federal government will be releasing additional doses of the vaccine that have been reserved as a second dose. She says when that happens, the state will be ready…..

It is anticipated that South Dakota will be receiving 11,100 doses of the vaccine next week and will begin vaccinating the 1D category.  That category includes persons 65 years of age or older. Malsom-Rydon says they will start with those 80 years of age along with those who are at a higher health risk…….

There have been questions about how those in the 1D Category would be notified when it was their turn to receive the vaccine.  Malsam-Rysdon says there will be direct outreach for many, however, she says, the best option is to visit the Department of Health website…..

Again, you can visit the Department of Health website at for more information regarding the distribution plan.