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City and hospital healthcare officials will give an update Thursday morning about the latest impacts of COVID-19 in Sioux Falls.
Public Health Director Jill Franken, Avera McKennan Chief Medical Officer Mike Elliott, and Sanford Vice President Medical Officer Mike Wilde are expected to speak with media at 10:30 a.m., followed by the daily police briefing at the Sioux Falls Police Department.
As South Dakota nears its predicted peak time for the virus, state officials have said they remain confident that hospitals have enough beds as cases start to surge toward that point.
The state is “far below” the projections, and “that should be encouraging to everybody,” Gov. Kristi Noem said earlier this week.
Sanford Health announced Wednesday it would open its doors to allow patients to have one adult visitor at a time during the ongoing pandemic.
As of Wednesday, South Dakota has had 4,177 COVID-19 cases, according to the state health department. That doesn’t include people who show symptoms or are asymptomatic but are not tested.
Deaths tied to the coronavirus remain at 46.
Minnehaha County continues to see the highest number of cases, with more than 3,000 confirmed, though the rate of increase has slowed in recent days compared to other counties like Beadle and Brown. Of the overall total of cases confirmed statewide so far, 3,023 have recovered.
Numbers are updated by the state health department daily.
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