As South Dakota Hospitals continue to see a large influx of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized, the CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown is once again asking residents to take steps to protect themselves and others.
K.C. DeBoer says there are currently 12 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown. DeBoer says the number fluctuates daily but the large number of patients is taxing on the medical staff....
DeBoer says the larger healthcare systems in South Dakota are nearing capacity and are beginning to be selective about the patients they accept.....
DeBoer says many hospitals across the state are beginning to curtail elective services so they can redeploy staff to other areas to help treat COVID patients. Prairie Lakes Healthcare has not stopped those elective procedures at this time. DeBoer says they are working hard to try and avoid the need to do that.
DeBoer says the lab at Prairie Lakes Healthcare is testing over 300 patients a week, while other clinics in the city do the same. In the last eight weeks, 22% of the patients who test for COVID are coming back positive.
Those models, DeBoer said, assumes that public behavior stays the same.
DeBoer says now is the time for the community to come together and begin wearing masks in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, Codington County reported two more COVID-19 related deaths. The state reported 19 new deaths bringing the total death count to 403.