Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jul 6, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … July 6, 2020 Show 852 Hour 1

For the past 15 weeks or so we have been immersed in a pandemic and each day that goes by we seem to learn something new about Covid-19. Nationally it looks like the numbers are on the rise and depending on who you ask, perhaps locally too. On Monday's we bring local medical professionals on to help us better understand what this is and what's changing. Today we welcome back Dr. Shankar Kurra, he is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.

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In The Moment ... June 30, 2020 Show 849 Hour 1

The Faith Temple Food Giveaway in Sioux Falls is seeing a sharp increase in the number of people who are in need of food. They recently announced their Coronavirus Hunger Initiative.

Jeff Hayes, Director of the Faith Temple Food Giveaway, shares details of this popular service which helps to fill the needs of people in the Sioux Falls area.

Dr. Jason Knutsen Bring Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 29, 2020
Avera

In The Moment … June 29, 2020 Show 848 Hour 1

South Dakota has recorded our first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. Research scientists are learning more about the tentacles of Sars-CoV-2, and cities across the nation are grappling with opening up, surges in cases, and locking back down.  It's time for our weekly check-in on what we know about COVID-19 here in South Dakota. Joining us this week is Dr. Jason Knutson, a Family Medicine Physician with Avera. Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City 

South Dakota Department of Health

The first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome is confirmed in a South Dakota COVID-19 patient. The syndrome appears to impact children with coronavirus.

State Department of Health officials say the case is in a child under the age of 18 in eastern South Dakota. They would not release the specific county of residence, citing confidentiality concerns.

State epidemiologist Josh Clayton says the inflammatory syndrome impacts multiple organ systems.  

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Hoffman

Jun 22, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

Three months into this pandemic, our medical professionals are learning more and more every day. Each week, we have invited various doctors onto the show to fill us in on the latest. Today we welcome Dr. Wendell Hoffman back.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Masks Do Work & Other Lessons Learned

Jun 22, 2020
NPR

When a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, what do you do? SDPBs Lura Roti finds out by visiting with a Sioux Falls mother who recently cared for her college-age daughter.

What do you do when your 20-year-old daughter calls crying to let you know she tested positive for COVID-19? If you’re Pam Cole, you pack up your home office and drive to Vermillion.

News: Jun 13 - 19

Jun 19, 2020
SDPB

In this weeks podcast we get a COVID-19 update, hear about the issues with having a newborn during the pandemic, and a couple Political Junkies breakdown the top headlines from the week.

Summer Travel During The Pandemic

Jun 16, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … June 16, 2020 Show 839 Hour 2

As with everything these days, it seems we have to find ways of doing things more safely. Traveling this summer is no exception and if you should choose to do so, there are steps you can take to make that journey safer. Dr. Leah Prestbo is an internal medicine physician with Avera and she joins us to discuss those steps.

FRONTLINE: "The Virus, What Went Wrong"

Jun 16, 2020
FRONTLINE

In The Moment … June 16, 2020 Show 839 Hour 1

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Kurra

Jun 15, 2020

In The Moment … June 15, 2020 Show 838 Hour 2

Each week we have asked various medical professionals to join us to provide the most current information available regarding COVID-19. Each of these segments has been informative as these said professionals learn new stuff every day. Joining us today is Dr. Shankaar Kurra, he's the vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health.

City of Sturgis

City leaders in Sturgis are considering a compromise plan for this year’s annual motorcycle rally. 

Some residents say canceling the rally would devastate the local economy. Others say allowing the rally would expose residents to an outbreak of COVID-19. 

Avera's Dr. Basel Brings Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 8, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … June 8, 2020 Show 833 Hour 1

Each week we turn to local healthcare leaders to discuss the latest information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Today we hear from Dr. David Bazzle. He's the Vice President for Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group. he's also a pediatrician and internal medicine physician. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

 

Avera Pharmacy Talks Shortages

May 27, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … May 27, 2020 Show 825 Hour 1

The spread of Sars-CoV-2 has caused shortages of some medications, which has many wondering about the supply chain for pharmaceuticals. Tom Johnson, Pharm.D., is assistant vice president of hospital pharmacy for Avera Health. He joins us with an update on those shortages and on the availability of medications like Remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine. Those two medications are being studied for their potential to ease the symptoms of the most severe COVID-19 cases. 

Randy Bury & The Good Samaritan Society

May 21, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 1

FRONTLINE: "Inside Italy's COVID War"

May 19, 2020
Sasha Achilli/FRONTLINE (PBS)

In The Moment … May 19, 2020 Show 820 Hour 2

South Dakota Department of Health

The South Dakota Department of Health is organizing mass COVID-19 testing of all nursing home and assisted-living residents and employees. Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says that’s the first of several vulnerable populations the state is targeting over the next several weeks. 

Malsam-Rysdon says the mass testing will start next week with nursing homes and attached assisted living facilities in communities with significant spread of COVID-19. She admits it’s a tall order.

The state public health lab is organizing mass COVID-19 testing in nursing homes over the next month—starting in communities with substantial spread of the virus.

Long-term care facilities in the state face two overwhelming challenges. Their residents are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In fact, more than half of the state’s COVID fatalities are older patients.   The pandemic is also exacerbating existing financial challenges.      

Walworth County Care Center

Nursing homes in the state have had to turn away visitors for more than two months as a precaution against spreading coronavirus. It’s an emotional strain on residents, but staff are finding creative ways to keep spirits up during the pandemic.

One home in Selby is using music and social media to encourage residents and their families.

Dr. Wendell Hoffman With A COVID-19 Update

May 11, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment … May 11, 2020 Show 814 Hour 2

City of Sioux Falls

The state’s largest city joins others loosening pandemic-related business restrictions. Beginning Friday, Sioux Falls will replace a 10-customer limit with new guidelines. 

The new ordinance allows theaters and other entertainment venues to admit 50% of their legal occupancy inside at a time. Smaller audiences are designed to allow space for social distancing. Bars and restaurants can open at full capacity, but with limitations. No more than six adults in each group, and each group must be six feet apart.

Kevin Woster: Gov Noem & The Press

May 7, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … May 7, 2020 Show 812 Hour 1

Lifelong Learning During The Pandemic

May 6, 2020

In The Moment … May 6, 2020 Show 811 Hour 2

Older adults are at high risk of serious complications from COVID-19, so many are staying at home during the pandemic. But staying at home doesn't need to mean stagnating.  Thea Miller Ryan, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USD, joins us for a look at lifelong learning during complicated times. 

State of South Dakota

All the money has been loaned out from a state fund that was created to help businesses get through the pandemic, and Gov. Kristi Noem said the state probably can’t replenish the fund. 

Nonprofits Struggle During Pandemic

May 5, 2020
NPR

In The Moment … May 5, 2020 Show 810 Hour 2

The Coronavirus has brought lots of changes for nonprofits in the region. Some organizations are seeing an increased need for their services, while others are temporarily closing their doors. Many nonprofits have had to delay or modify major fundraising events in order to maintain the safety of volunteers and participants. SDPB's Jackelyn Severin has more on how nonprofits are adapting. 

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Some employees of the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls are back at work. A COVID-19 outbreak shut the plant down in mid-April. More than a thousand cases are connected to the plant. At one point it had the largest cluster of cases in the nation. 

Governor Kristi Noem says President Trump’s executive order to keep meatpacking plants open puts federal departments in charge of overseeing Smithfield’s operations. 

NPR

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 1

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, north of 30,000 South Dakotans have filed for unemployment benefits. How does one go about transitioning to a new way of getting health coverage? John Snyder is president of the Sanford Health Plan.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

City of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls joins a growing list of cities considering relaxed restrictions on businesses. The city council will consider replacing the ten-patron limit on certain businesses at a special meeting Friday.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken says the council will consider an ordinance allowing restaurants and bars to open at full capacity as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

SDPB

In The Moment ... April 30, 2020 Show 807 Hour 2

Tonight at 8 Central 7 Mountain, South Dakota Focus will take a closer look at the nursing home and long term care facilities in the state in relation to COVID 19. SDPB's Stephanie Rissler is the host of the show and joins us today with a preview.

We are also joined by SDPB's Jackie Hendry who will be featured on the program.

 

In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 806 Hour 1

We haven't seen a pandemic such as a coronavirus since 1918. It for sure has impacted the way we work, parent, and with the way we do life. We have checked in with some of In The Moment's frequent guests to see how they are and the effect this has had on their lives. Deb Soholt is a South Dakota state senator who represents District 14 which is Minnehaha County.

 

Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Preparedness Plan

Apr 29, 2020
Rosebud Sioux Tribe

In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 806 Hour 1

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