COVID-19 UPDATE 5.26.20
Department of Health officials have reported 230 new cases of the coronavirus over the Memorial Day weekend bringing the total number to 4,586. South Dakota has 1,121 active cases with 3,415 recovered. In this last three day span there have been no new deaths due to COVID-19. 99 people are currently hospitalized.
Residents will begin to see more and more city buses traveling the streets of Sioux Falls as many Sioux Area Metro routes continue normal operations today. Several health protocols like social distancing and increased cleaning procedures to help combat the spread of COVID-19 will be in place.
Both Sanford Health and Avera Health are now allowing some visitors at its hospitals and clinics.
Feeding South Dakota continues to partner with local agencies to host centralized food distributions twice a week at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The food giveaways are every Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 8 PM, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Volunteers have been working on weekly food boxes for those served by the Salvation Army by delivering them to families. Others are serving meals at "Sallie's Table", a local weekend feeding program held at the Salvation Army every Saturday and Sunday.
The Governor’s South Dakota Back to Normal Plan is available for viewing at covid.sd.gov.
Department of Labor and Regulation reminds unemployment claimants who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 that they must return to work if called back to remain eligible for benefits.
The CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others.
The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program has put together do-it-yourself volunteer projects that are perfect to do at home during this time. Helpline Center invites you to choose projects that are of interest.
During this time when social distancing and washing your hands is so important to remember that taking care of yourself is the most important thing, you can do. Health officials advise staying connected and have a support system. You are not the only one going through this. And you can make a difference in someone else's life. Reach out to them with a phone call or text to see how they are doing and give them encouragement.
You will find daily updates on the coronavirus in an around the Sioux Falls area with the very latest information from city and state leaders plus our health care providers right here on our website. And take us with you with our branded app.