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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.

Sept. 18 case update

Five additional South Dakotans have have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 198.

The state has reported 389 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 18,075.

The new update includes a total of 6,105cases in Minnehaha County, which is 72 more than yesterday, and 1,169 cases in Lincoln County, which is 19 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,809 active cases, 194 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 15,068 people who have recovered, which is 190 more than yesterday.

There are 144 people hospitalized, which is six more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,246 people, an increase of 15. There have been 155,629 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,792.

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Sept. 17 case update

The state has reported 395 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 17,686.

One additional South Dakotan has have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 193.

The new update includes a total of 6,033 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 41 more than yesterday, and 1,150 cases in Lincoln County, which is eight more than previously reported.

The state has 2,615 active cases, 173 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 14,878 people who have recovered, which is 221 more than yesterday.

There are 138 people hospitalized, which is one fewer than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,231 people, an increase of 20. There have been 153,837 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,473.

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Sept. 16 case update

Eight South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 192.

The state has reported 297 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 17,291.

The new update includes a total of 5,992 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 54 more than yesterday, and 1,142 cases in Lincoln County, which is 34 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,442 active cases, 56 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 14,657 people who have recovered, which is 233 more than yesterday.

There are 139 people hospitalized, which is six more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,211 people, an increase of 16. There have been 152,364 negative tests statewide, an increase of 3,262.

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Sept. 15 case update

The state has reported 195 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 16,994.

The statewide death toll remains at 184.

The new update includes a total of 5,938 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 40 more than yesterday, and 1,108 cases in Lincoln County, which is 21 more than previously reported.

The state has 2,386 active cases, 113 fewer than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 14,424 people who have recovered, which is 306 more than yesterday.

There are 133 people hospitalized, which is 23 more than yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,195 people, an increase of 24. There have been 149,102 negative tests statewide, an increase of 764.

Sept. 14 case update

The state has reported 163 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 16,801.

The statewide death toll remains at 184.

The new update includes a total of 5,898 cases in Minnehaha County, which is 24 more than yesterday, and 1,087 cases in Lincoln County, which is eight more than previously reported.

The state has 2,499 active cases, 38 more than yesterday’s report. The state total includes 14,118 people who have recovered, which is 125 more than yesterday.

There are 110 people hospitalized, which is the same as yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 1,171 people, an increase of six. There have been 148,338 negative tests statewide, an increase of 1,020.

Editor’s note: The number of recovered South Dakotans has been corrected.

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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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