NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the Department of Health’s update from last night. The DOH said in a Twitter post that there was a duplication error in the data. KELOLAND News had asked about duplicate bed numbers for Sanford USD and its Children’s Hospital.
PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — As promised, the South Dakota Department of Health released specific data Tuesday on hospitalization capacity by region and county.
The DOH has divided the state into the hospital capacity regions of the Sioux Empire, Prairie Lakes, Black Hills and South Central Plains.
There were 302 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Oct. 13. The 302 hospitalized is a 52 person increase since Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The DOH website said the staffed patient beds in the Sioux Empire are full as of Oct. 13. Later on Oct. 13, the DOH updated the Sioux Empire region to 18% of staffed hospital beds were available and 41.7% of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds were available.
The new update says 68.7% of staffed beds are filled with non-COVID-19 patients and 12.2% are filled with COVID-19 patients. The ICU beds are mostly filled with non COVID-19 patients (38.7%) and 19.6% are filled with COVID-19 patients. Those numbers are adjusted from Tuesday afternoon.
The new updates by the DOH said the Sioux Empire still has 41.7% of its ICU beds open.
While Sanford and Avera officials said on Oct. 13 afternoon that the first DOH capacity data was accurate, it is only a snapshot in time. Officials from both organizations said they are still accepting patients. Also, the DOH capacity data shows that other regions also have space available in staffed beds and ICU beds.
Avera McKennan has 76 beds filled with COVID-19 patients and 22 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds.
The DOH updated numbers now list Sanford Children’s Hospital with one COVID-19 patient in non ICU beds and no COVID-19 patients in ICU. The updated data has Sanford USD Medical Center with 66 COVID-19 patients in beds and 14 in COVID-19 patients in ICU beds.
Avera and Sanford officials have also stressed in the past several weeks that they plan for surges that include COVID-19 and non COVID patients.
Gov. Kristi Noem said during an Oct. 13 news conference on the Jason Ravnsborg crash, that hospital officials have assured her there is capacity to handle hospitalizations. Officials have said the increase in bed use is in large part caused by non COVID-19 patients, Noem said.
The state is in “good shape” when it comes to hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients, she said.
“All of our efforts have been to focus on hospital capacity,” Noem said of pandemic response in the state.
Noem also added that the National Guard is ready to set up additional capacity bed units if it is needed during the pandemic.
The DOH capacity data shows there are available staffed beds and ICU beds in regions in the state.
In the Black Hills region 56 beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients and 10 ICU beds are. The region has 25.5% of its staffed beds available and 30.2% of the ICU beds available.
In the Glacial Lakes area, 11.1% of all staffed beds are filled with COVID-19 patients and 12.2% of ICU beds are filled by COVID-19 patients.
In the South Central Plains, 5.2% of all staffed beds are filled with COVID-19 patients and 34.6% of all ICU beds are filled with COVID-19 beds. The region has 41.7% of its staffed beds available and 46.2% of its staffed ICU beds available.
Overall, South Dakota has 27.8% of its staffed patient hospital beds available, and 39.% of its ICU beds are available.