Prairie Lakes Healthcare

The Watertown COVID-19 Task Force held their daily press conference Tuesday afternoon at Watertown City Hall.   

K.C. DeBoer is the President and CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare Systems. DeBoer said Prairie Lakes Healthcare is implementing new procedures for  staff, patients and visitors who are arriving at the hospital….

DeBoer says Prairie Lakes Healthcare is well stocked with supplies they need to take care of COVID-19 patients. Deboer says they have enough supplies on on-hand, or are able to get from the state, to handle a surge of patients should that happen…..

DeBoer says that collaboration with other area healthcare providers has been constantly on-going to ensure all of them are on the same page ….

At the media briefing, Lisa Johnson of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation spoke about unemployment insurance. Johnson says that if you have become unemployed because of a temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 virus you might be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Johnson explained the process for filing an unemployment claim……..

Again the website to a claim is WWW.RACLAIMS.SD.GOV

Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron also spoke at the briefing.  Caron said there has been some confusion over the resolution to close businesses that was passed by the city council on Monday afternoon….

The Codington County Commission passed a similar ordinance at their Tuesday morning meeting. That Resolution can be viewed online at

Mayor Caron will be appearing live Wednesday morning at 8:30am on the “From the Desk of the Mayor” program on KXLG. You are invited to ask a question either by calling into the program or by filling out the online form at 

CLick here to submit your question to Mayor Caron.