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. If your business has information that needs to be communicated to the public, email jodi@siouxfalls.business.

Nov. 25 update

Twenty-eight more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 849.

There were 1,283 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 76,142.

The new update includes a total of 19,493 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 307 more than yesterday, and 5,182  cases in Lincoln County, which is 83 more than previously reported.

The state has 15,312 active cases, 1,345 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 59,981 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 2,600 more than yesterday.

There are 570 people hospitalized, which is four fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 262 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 64 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 4,243 people, an increase of 50 from the previous day.

There have been 242,212 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,277.

Nov. 24 update

Two more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 821.

There were 1,011 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 74,859.

The new update includes a total of 19,186 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 248 more than yesterday, and 5,099 cases in Lincoln County, which is 66 more than previously reported.

The state has 16,657 active cases, 693 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 57,381 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 1,702 more than yesterday.

There are 574 people hospitalized, which is eight fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 269 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 64 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 4,193 people, an increase of 86 from the previous day.

There have been 240,935 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,486.

Nov. 23 update

There were 783 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 73,848.

The statewide death toll remains at 819.

The new update includes a total of 18,938 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 199 more than yesterday, and 5,033 cases in Lincoln County, which is 60 more than previously reported.

The state has 17,350 active cases, 453 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 55,679 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 330 more than yesterday.

There are 582 people hospitalized, which is five more than yesterday. According to the report, there are 268 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 62 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 4,107 people, an increase of 13 from the previous day.

There have been 239,449 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,296.

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Nov. 22 update

Forty-two more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 819.

There were 851 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 73,065.

The new update includes a total of 18,739 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 206 more than yesterday, and 4,973 cases in Lincoln County, which is 52 more than previously reported.

The state has 16,897 active cases, 30 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 55,349 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 779 more than yesterday.

There are 577 people hospitalized, which is three fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 265 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 59 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 4,094 people, an increase of 42 from the previous day.

There have been 238,153 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,197.

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Nov. 21 update

Thirty-six more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 777.

There were 1,144 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 72,214.

The new update includes a total of 18,533 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 286 more than yesterday, and 4,921 cases in Lincoln County, which is 87 more than previously reported.

The state has 16,867 active cases, 1,666 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 54,570 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 2,648 more than yesterday.

There are 580 people hospitalized, which is six more than yesterday. According to the report, there are 261 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 55 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 4,052 people, an increase of 59 from the previous day.

There have been 236,956 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,157.

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Nov. 20 update

Thirty-six more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 741.

There were 1,328 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 71,070.

The new update includes a total of 18,247 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 234 more than yesterday, and 4,834 cases in Lincoln County, which is 59 more than previously reported.

The state has 18,407 active cases, 523 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 51,922 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 769 more than yesterday.

There are 574 people hospitalized, which is four fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 259 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 57 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,993 people, an increase of 71 from the previous day.

There have been 235,799 negative tests statewide, an increase of 2,272.

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Nov. 19 update

Thirty-one more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 705.

There were 1,071 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 69,742.

The new update includes a total of 18,013 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 262 more than yesterday, and 4,775 cases in Lincoln County, which is 86 more than previously reported.

The state has 17,884 active cases, 1,356 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 51,153 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 2,396 more than yesterday.

There are 578 people hospitalized, which is 15 fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 259 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 57 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,922 people, an increase of 58 from the previous day.

There have been 233,527 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,225.

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Nov. 18 update

Thirty more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 674.

There were 1,387 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 68,671.

The new update includes a total of 17,751 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 299 more than yesterday, and 4,689 cases in Lincoln County, which is 88 more than previously reported.

The state has 19,240 active cases, 616 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 48,757 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 741 more than yesterday.

There are 593 people hospitalized, which is 11 more than yesterday. According to the report, there are 266 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 57 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,864 people, an increase of 95 from the previous day.

There have been 232,302 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,227.

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Nov. 17 update

There were 1,006 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 67,284.

The statewide death toll remains at 644.

The new update includes a total of 17,452 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 230 more than yesterday, and 4,601 cases in Lincoln County, which is 65 more than previously reported.

The state has 18,624 active cases, 485 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 48,016 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 521 more than yesterday.

There are 582 people hospitalized, which is 22 more than yesterday. According to the report, there are 260 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 57 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,769 people, an increase of 71 from the previous day.

There have been 231,075 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,206.

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Nov. 16 update

There were 897 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 66,278.

The statewide death toll remains at 644.

The new update includes a total of 17,222 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 205 more than yesterday, and 4,536 cases in Lincoln County, which is 70 more than previously reported.

The state has 18,139  active cases, 1,221 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 47,495 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 2,082 more than yesterday.

There are 560 people hospitalized, which is seven more than yesterday. According to the report, there are 265 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 61 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,698 people, an increase of 57 from the previous day.

There have been 229,869 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,136.

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Nov. 15 update

Twenty-three more South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 644.

There were 1,199 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing the total of all cases to 65,381.

The new update includes a total of 17,017 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 247 more than yesterday, and 4,466 cases in Lincoln County, which is 73 more than previously reported.

The state has 19,360 active cases, 613 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 45,377 people who are reported as having recovered, which is 563 more than yesterday.

There are 553 people hospitalized, which is three fewer than yesterday. According to the report, there are 255 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 between Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Of those, 61 are in intensive care.

The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 3,644 people, an increase of 46 from the previous day.

There have been 228,733 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,119.

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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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