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Sept. 23 case update

South Dakota has reported a record 445 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 19,634.

The statewide death toll remains at 202.

The new update includes a total of 6,383 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 110 more than yesterday, and 1,251 cases in Lincoln County, which is 28 more than previously reported.

The state has 3,108 active cases, 291 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 16,324 people who have recovered, which is 154 more than yesterday.

There are 192 people hospitalized, which is 14 more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,367 people, an increase of 44. There have been 160,498 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,341.

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Sept. 22 case update

South Dakota has reported 320 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 19,189.

The statewide death toll remains at 202.

The new update includes a total of 6,293 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 62 more than yesterday, and 1,223 cases in Lincoln County, which is 11 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,817 active cases, 73 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 16,170 people who have recovered, which is 393 more than yesterday.

There are 178 people hospitalized, which is 17 more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,323 people, an increase of 26. There have been 159,157 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,003.

Sept. 21 case update

South Dakota has reported 173 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 18,869.

The statewide death toll remains at 202.

The new update includes a total of 6,231 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 15 more than yesterday, and 1,212 cases in Lincoln County, which is eight more than previously reported.

The state has 2,890 active cases, 47 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 15,777 people who have recovered, which is 126 more than yesterday.

There are 161 people hospitalized, which is nine fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,297 people, an increase of nine. There have been 158,154 negative tests statewide, an increase of 497.

Sept. 20 case update

Two more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 202.

The state has reported 252 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 18,696.

The new update includes a total of 6,216 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 46 more than yesterday, and 1,204 cases in Lincoln County, which is 14 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,843 active cases, 103 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 15,651 people who have recovered, which is 353 more than yesterday.

There are 170 people hospitalized, which is 17 more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,288 people, an increase of 20. There have been 157,657 negative tests statewide, an increase of 880.

Sept. 19 case update

South Dakota has reached 200 COVID-19 deaths, with two deaths reported today.

Here’s a look at how they break down by age.

The state has reported 369 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 18,444.

The new update includes a total of 6,170 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 65 more than yesterday, and 1,190 cases in Lincoln County, which is 21 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,946 active cases, 137 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 15,298 people who have recovered, which is 230 more than yesterday.

There are 153 people hospitalized, which is nine more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,268 people, an increase of 22. There have been 156,777 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,148.

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Sanford accepting handmade masks

Sanford Health is now accepting homemade cloth face masks in addition to N95 masks,.

Acceptable cloth face masks must be made from quilting cotton, T-shirts, denim, duck cloth, canvas or twill.  The CDC has published step-by-step instructions to make a face covering.

In Sioux Falls, donations can be made by contacting Nona Bixler, director of volunteer services, by calling 605-333-5273 or emailing her at Nona.Bixler@SanfordHealth.org

“There is a true outpouring of generosity across our communities during these very difficult times,” said Stacy Wrightsman, executive director of community relations for Sanford Health. “We are so thankful for the help our communities are offering as Sanford’s staff works around the clock to offer the best care for all of our patients.”

These alternative face masks will be made available to Sanford and Good Samaritan Society employees who do not perform direct care to patients and residents. Patients such as new moms and visitors also can use the masks.

Unemployment reminder

If you are unemployed and claiming benefits, you need to put in that request every week.

The Department of Labor and Regulation is reminding insurance claimants to request a weekly payment by calling 605-626-3212 after 6 p.m. or by filing online at RAclaims.sd.gov anytime.

Benefits are not automatically paid out, even though the work search requirement is currently waived.

“The claim week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday at midnight,” department Secretary Marcia Hultman said. “Your weekly request for payment will be filed for the previous week, and you cannot file for the week until it is over.”

Video tutorials have been created on the weekly request process and on other quick links and options available to a claimant when logged in, such as updating addresses or changing payment methods. Visit https://bit.ly/UIpayment for these videos and more.

To ensure benefits are not denied, be sure to file a weekly request for payment in a timely manner. Claimants have seven days from the end of the week to file for the previous week. All weekly requests for payment are recorded in central time.

If a claimant does not file a weekly request for payment within that one-week filing time, call customer service at 605-626-2452. To cancel a claim, email your name and last four digits of your Social Security number to CancelRA@state.sd.us.

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The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is now accepting bulk unemployment claims related to COVID-19 from any employer laying off more than 50 workers. The employer can file on behalf of the individuals. This means individuals do not file an initial claim but must complete the weekly request for payment.

Bulk claim services will eliminate the need for an employer to complete a Request for Separation Notice for each employee individually. Visit dlr.sd.gov/bulkclaims for filing instructions and forms.

“Our department continues to spend long hours brainstorming innovative solutions as this pandemic continues to produce new challenges,” Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman said. “Accepting claims in bulk will save businesses and workers valuable time.”

Businesses will be required to submit a list of employees affected by a layoff or shutdown as a result of COVID-19 to the Reemployment Assistance Division. The list should include:

  • Employee’s full name (first, last and middle initial)
  • Social Security number
  • Last day worked (day/month/year)
  • Gross weekly wage
  • All gross monies paid to the employee at the time of separation (severance, vacation, etc.)
  • Year-to-date earnings
  • Return-to-work date (day/month/year), if applicable

“We will review all information submitted in order to establish and process an unemployment claim for each employee,” Hultman said. “We will contact the designated contact person if additional information is needed.”

Businesses also can call 605-626-2452 to speak to a customer service representative to answer any questions or concerns about bulk claims. To learn more, visit RAClaims.sd.gov.

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Find COVID-19 case numbers, other updates here

The rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic is having a broad impact on Sioux Falls-area businesses and events. This page will be updated frequently, so check back often for the latest developments.

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