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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.

July 5 case update

The number of positive cases statewide increased by 35 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 7,063. That includes four new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 3,663 and no new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 365.

The statewide death toll remains at 97.

The state has 903 active cases, an increase of 34 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 6,063 people who have recovered, an increase of one case.

There are 59 people hospitalized, an increase of five from yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 691 people, an increase of two from the previous report. There have been 76,940 negative tests statewide, an increase of 138.

July 4 case update

The number of positive cases statewide increased by 50 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 7,028. That includes four new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 3,659 and eight new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 365.

The statewide death toll remains at 97.

The state has 869 active cases, an increase of 37 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 6,062 people who have recovered, an increase of 13 cases.

There are 54 people hospitalized, a decrease of four from yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 689 people, an increase of two from the previous report. There have been 76,802 negative tests statewide, an increase of 787.

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July 3 case update

The number of positive cases statewide increased by 85 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 6,978. That includes 17 new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 3,655 and five new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 357.

The statewide death toll remains at 97.

The state has 832 active cases, an increase of 18 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 6,049 people who have recovered, an increase of 67 cases.

There are 58 people hospitalized, a decrease of six from yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 687 people, an increase of four from the previous report. There have been 76,015 negative tests statewide, an increase of 967.

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July 2 case update

Four more South Dakotans have died of COVID-19, bringing the total to 97.

The number of positive cases statewide increased by 67 confirmed cases from yesterday’s report for a total of 6,893. That includes 11 new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 3,638 and five new cases in Lincoln County for a total of 352.

The state has 814 active cases, an increase of 14 from yesterday’s report. The state total includes 5,982 people who have recovered, an increase of 49 cases.

There are 64 people hospitalized, a decrease of one from yesterday. The total number that are or have been hospitalized is 683 people, an increase of nine from the previous report. There have been 75,048 negative tests statewide, an increase of 931.

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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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