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COVID-19 - Hospital Capacity

COVID-19 - Hospital Capacity

Some South Dakota hospitals starting to report limited beds due to COVID-19


The Associated Press & Gary Matthews - October 13, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota has reported a jump in the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized, bringing the number to an all-time high during the pandemic.

The Department of Health released a more detailed picture of hospital capacity across the state, breaking the state into four regions and providing COVID-19 patient numbers by facility.

The new numbers revealed that hospitals in the southeastern part of the state, which contains the two largest medical facilities, currently have no open general-care hospital beds.

The hospitals do have about 41% of their Intensive Care Units available.

In the Black Hills region, where Monument Health is located, 14.2-percent of beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. With over 60-percent of beds being used for other illnesses, Monument reports 25-percent available bed space.

As for I.C.U. beds, 15.9-percent of those are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Only 5-percent of the ventilators are being used by COVID-19 patients.

Black Hills area health officials report they have plenty of ventilators on hand and the available I.C.U. space is at 30.2-percent.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 302 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, including 61 in Intensive Care Units.



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