KELOLAND News Special Report: Answering your COVID-19 questions


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — In the midst of a pandemic comes a lot of uncertainty.

KELOLAND News is holding a special report with doctors, the Secretary of Health and Sioux Falls Mayor to get the answers to some of your questions about the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

While you watch on TV or online, we’ll be updating this story with the questions and answers from our experts.

Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order today outlining guidelines for all South Dakotans, for-profit and not-for-profit employers, enclosed retail businesses that promote public gatherings, local and municipal governments, and healthcare organizations as it relates to COVID-19 in the state of South Dakota.

Sioux Falls Mayor, Paul TenHaken, said he’s still learning what this order means on KELOLAND’s special report.

He says this order answers a lot of questions, but also creates a lot more. This executive order will give the city tools to use at the local level, but he says there are some frustrations among mayors and city commissioners on not having exact directions.

However, TenHaken says this does provide some guidance as far as businesses in each city.

“With business ownership right now, comes a big responsibility… My message to businesses, operate responsibly right now,” TenHaken said.

TenHaken also says he will suggest to the Sioux Falls Board of Health to close businesses.

One of the questions that started KELOLAND’s special report was the following:

The South Dakota Secretary of Health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon, says cases are prioritized, so if you do not have underlying health conditions or do not work in the healthcare industry, your test could be sent out of state or your test may have to wait longer to be run.

Another question was about recovery:

Malsam-Rysdon says six people have recovered, but as far as becoming infected again that is unknown. Both Doctor David Erickson from Avera and Doctor Allison Suttle from Sanford agreed with Malsam-Rysdon. They said it’s best to be cautious if you do recover and take the preventative measures that everyone else is as well.

A question asked was if ibuprofen is dangerous to take with COVID-19. Suttle and Erickson said taking ibuprofen would be safe to take for the aches and pains for COVID-19. Erickson also believes Tylenol would be the safest choice to take with the new coronavirus.

Another question was regarding children:

Erickson says there is a low rate of infection for children. He says we all need to be involved in practicing good social distancing. Suttle says children may get the virus but the symptoms would most likely be mild.

When asked about how long the virus can live on surfaces, Dr. Alison Suttle said the virus could stay on a surface for one or two days. Erickson agrees with Suttle.

To help recover if you are sick witch COVID-19, Erickson suggests getting plenty of rest, exercise and if you smoke he highly suggests to quit.

The South Dakota Secretary of Health encourages businesses to start having employees work from home and use technology to communicate. She says this will help prevent community spread.

If you have further questions you can ask them on KELOLAND’s Facebook page.

You can learn the symptoms, how many cases are in each region of KELOLAND and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our coronavirus page, or click below.

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