‘Non-emergent’ procedures ‘temporarily rescheduled’ at Sanford Health; Surgeries continuing at Avera

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sanford Health is slowing down elective surgeries and procedures to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients. 

In a statement to KELOLAND News, Sanford Vice President of Operations Andy Munce said the health system in “temporarily rescheduling non-emergent inpatient procedures.”

“Given the high volume of patients at the medical center, we are temporarily rescheduling non-emergent inpatient procedures. This is a standard part of our surge plan to ensure we can maintain staffing and bed capacity for the patients who need it. We continue to closely monitor the situation and have flexibility to make changes based on fluctuating patient volumes. Our focus remains on providing exceptional care to the communities we serve,” Munce said in an emailed statement.

Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls is continuing with surgeries at this point.

Due to the amount of delayed care we saw during the early part of the pandemic, Avera McKennan is still continuing surgical cases. We are being creative, when needed, with post-operative care when people need overnight stays and some are being cared for at the Avera Specialty Hospital. We continue to assess the situation.

We will let the public know if anything changes.

Michelle Pellman, Avera public relations

Monday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health listed 402 people currently hospitalized in South Dakota with COVID-19. In the Sioux Empire region, the DOH says staffed ICU beds are 26.2% occupied and there’s 31.2% “available” staffed hospital beds.

There have been 438 deaths due to COVID-19 in South Dakota, 214 deaths were reported in October.

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