Find COVID-19 business, event 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.

June 1 case update

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 41 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 5,034. That includes four new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,349 and no new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 238.

There were no additional deaths reported, so the total remains 62.

The state has 1,069 active cases, a decrease of 25 cases from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,903 people who have recovered, an increase of 66 cases.

There are 87 people hospitalized, which is one more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 435 people, an increase of three from the previous report. There have been 40,627 39,135 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,492.

May 31 case update

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 33 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,993. That includes six new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,355 and one new case in Lincoln County for a total of 238.

There were no additional deaths reported, so the total remains 62.

The state has 1,094 active cases, an increase of one case from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,837 people who have recovered, an increase of 32 cases.

There are 86 people hospitalized, which is seven fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 432 people, an increase of five from the previous report. There have been 39,135 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,238.

May 30 case update

Three more people have died of COVID-19 in South Dakota, bringing the total to 62.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 94 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,960. That includes 15 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,345 and one new case in Lincoln County for a total of 237.

The state has 1,093 active cases, an increase of 30 cases from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,805 people who have recovered, an increase of 61 cases.

There are 93 people hospitalized, which is two fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 427 people, an increase of 9 from the previous report. There have been 37,897 negative tests statewide, an increase of 2,081.

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May 29 case update

Five more people have died of COVID-19 in South Dakota, bringing the total to 59.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 127 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of  4,866. That includes 13 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,330 and one fewer case in Lincoln County for a total of 236.

The state has 1,063 active cases, an increase of 22 cases from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,744 people who have recovered, an increase of 46 cases.

There are 95 people hospitalized, which is 10 fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 418 people, an increase of 13 from the previous report. There have been 35,816 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,583.

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May 28 case update

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 83 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,793. That includes 17 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,317 and one new case in Lincoln County for a total of 237.

The state has 1,041 active cases, an increase of four cases from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,698 people who have recovered, an increase of 79 cases.

The number of deaths remains at 54.

There are 105 people hospitalized, which is four more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 406 people, an increase of 15 from the previous report. There have been 34,233 negative tests statewide, an increase of 937.

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May 27 case update

Four more people in South Dakota have died of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 54 deaths.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 57 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,710. That includes 11 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,300 and three new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 236.

The state has 1,037 active cases, a decrease of 38 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,619 people who have recovered, an increase of 91 cases.

There are 101 people hospitalized, which is five fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 391 people, an increase of 13 from the previous report. There have been 33,296 negative tests statewide, an increase of 911.

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May 26 case update

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 67 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,653. That includes 15 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,289 and three new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 233.

The state has 1075 active cases, a decrease of 46 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,528 people who have recovered, an increase of 113 cases.

There have been no new deaths reported, so the total remains 50.

There are 106 people hospitalized, which is seven more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 378 people, an increase of eight from the previous report. There have been 32,385 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,688.

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May 25 case update

The number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide increased by 23 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 4,586. That includes 15 new cases in Minnehaha County for a total of 3,274 and one new case in Lincoln County for a total of 230.

The state has 1,121 active cases, a decrease of 21 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 3,415 people who have recovered, an increase of 44 cases.

There have been no new deaths reported, so the total remains 50.

There are 99 people hospitalized, which is 14 more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 370 people, an increase of six from the previous report. There have been 30,697 negative tests statewide, an increase of 355.

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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 business, event 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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