What officials say you should do for COVID-19


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — With cases now in South Dakota, health officials have come together to address what the public should know and do concerning COVID-19. The mayor of Sioux Falls, officials from both Sanford and Avera and the City of Sioux Falls Health Department gave insight at a news conference on Tuesday.

Mayor Paul Tenhaken

  • The City of Sioux Falls has a strong response plan in place
  • Call before going to the doctor
  • Go to COVID.sd.gov
  • Call the 800 number if you have questions

Jill Franken – City of Sioux Falls Director of Health

  • Everyone should be implementing:
    • social distancing
    • good hygiene
    • environmental cleaning
  • South Dakota Department of Health has setup a call center and website
  • Do not panic and focus on common sense measures

Dr. Allison Suttle – Sanford Health Chief Medical Officer

  • Have a personal and family plan on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
    • this helps prevent both you and others from getting the illness
  • Wash your hands
    • soap and water
    • 20 seconds
    • wash them often
  • Consider avoiding large crowds
  • If you have chronic conditions, or are elderly, you are more susceptible to the disease
  • Social distancing –
    • eat in a little more
    • if church is broadcasted watch it from home
    • don’t go to events with large groups of people

David Erickson – Avera Health Chief Medical Officer

  • Wants public to know cases range from very mild to severe
  • Symptoms:
    • fever with a temperature over 100.4
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
  • Not everyone who develops symptoms will need to be hospitalized
    • 80% of people can be treated at home
  • Emphasizes to call your clinic if you think you have COVID-19

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