PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota hospital housing the largest number of the state's COVID-19 patients said Tuesday, Nov. 3, it was temporarily postponing nonemergency surgeries due to capacity concerns, the same day state health officials reported a new high in the number of people hospitalized due to the virus.
Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., home to about 150 of the state's COVID-19 patients according to the state Department of Health, announced Tuesday it was suspending nonemergency surgeries due to the "high volume of patients."
"This is a standard part of our surge plan to ensure we can maintain staffing and bed capacity for the patients who need it," Andy Munch, vice president of operations, said in a statement. "We continue to closely monitor the situation and have flexibility to make changes based on fluctuating patient volumes."
The number of South Dakotans who are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 reached 480 on Tuesday, setting a new single-day record high, according to a Forum News Service analysis. Of the hospitalizations, 81 people are being cared for in an intensive care unit bed.
COVID-19 current hospitalizations in South Dakota regional hospitals:
South Central Plains: 44
Glacial Lakes: 68
Black Hills: 105
Sioux Empire: 263
The state’s death toll increased by six on Tuesday and now stands at 446. Four deaths were in Minnehaha County, one in Brookings County, one in Dewey County, one in Lawrence County and one in Lincoln County.
Age ranges of South Dakotans whose death was caused by or contributed to COVID-19:
80 and over: 243
There are 13,386 people living in the state who have tested positive for COVID-19 and can transmit the virus from one person to another can transmit COVID-19 and are considered "active cases."
Since the state announced the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in March, 48,854 cases have been reported in to state health officials.
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Marvel covers South Dakota government and politics news. She can be followed on Twitter at @shannmarvel and reached at email@example.com or 605-350-8355.