COVID, Caring, & Conservation

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In The Moment … August 4, 2020 Show 873 Hour 1

COVID-19 Scam

Jul 31, 2020

In The Moment … July 31, 2020 Show 871 Hour 1

Scammers often prey upon citizens after tragedies or during difficult times. The current pandemic has some scammers working overtime.  Caitlin Christensen is the SHIINE Director for the Department of Health and Human Services in South Dakota. SHIINE is Senior Health Information and Insurance Education.  Christensen joins us this morning to warn us about a new scam and what people should do to stay safe.


In The Moment … July 30, 2020 Show 870 Hour 1

Since April, Sioux Falls School District officials have been planning for faculty and students to return to the classroom. Plans include a virtual academy for those that are not comfortable returning just yet. Several precautions are to be implemented. Jane Stavem is the superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District and she joins us today with more.

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

FRONTLINE: "COVID's Hidden Toll"

Jul 20, 2020

In The Moment … July 20, 2020 Show 862 Hour 1

A new FRONTLINE explores how the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers. From award-winning filmmakers Daffodil Altan & Andrés Cediel, the film offers stories from the pandemic's invisible victims, including crucial farm and meat-packing workers who lack protections and have been getting sick. "COVID's Hidden Toll" premieres tomorrow night at 9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain. You can also stream the new FRONTLINE episode at Joining us is filmmaker Daffodil Altan.


COVID-19 Update With Dr. Jawad Nazir

Jul 20, 2020

In The Moment … July 20, 2020 Show 862 Hour 2

Each week we welcome local healthcare professionals to give us an update on COVID-19. What's the latest guidance...what do the numbers tell us...and really, what do we know now that we didn't know last week? Today we welcome Dr. Jawad Nazeer. Dr. Nazir is an infectious disease specialist with Avera Medical Group and joins us today by phone. 

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

Paul TenHaken

Jul 8, 2020

In The Moment … July 8, 2020 Show 854 Hour 2

Cities across the nation are battling surges of COVID-19 as they struggle to reopen, enact more restrictions, and increase hospital capacity. But what's happening here at home? This week we are checking in with South Dakota mayors. Today we welcome Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken. 

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

Jun 8, 2020

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


Paul TenHaken, Mayor Of Sioux Falls

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

Being elected mayor of any city brings challenges but who could have predicted being that mayor during a pandemic followed by large peaceful protests calling for police reform paired with unrest and looting? Paul TenHaken is the mayor of Sioux Falls and is experiencing just that. He joins us today with insight as to how leading South Dakota's largest city given the circumstances has been.

In The Moment … June 1, 2020 Show 828 Hour 2

South Dakota's U.S. Congressman Dusty Johnson joins us next. He's been working to alleviate the challenges COVID-19 has brought to the meat supply chain. Today we start out by discussing the protests across the America.

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You Can’t Get COVID From Mosquitoes

May 27, 2020
SDSU Extension

Mosquito Season is nearly upon us. The good news? You can’t get COVID from Mosquitoes.

“There is currently zero evidence that suggests you can get COVID-19 from a mosquito bite,” says Amanda Bachmann.

Amanda Bachmann is the Pesticide Education and Urban Entomology Field Specialist for SDSU Extension. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, Bachmann says extensive research into other corona viruses, like SARS have researchers saying COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes or other insects.

Art Organizations Struggling During Pandemic

Apr 28, 2020
Black Hills Playhouse

Many art organizations and nonprofits depend on public events and performances to pay the bills. Anything that draws a crowd can’t happen right now. So arts organizers and artists  are searching for  loans and grants to keep their work afloat.

Art organizations spend months, sometimes years planning their seasons. Jennifer Teisinger is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. She remembers when this year’s  plans dissolved. 

“Thursday March 12th is when we really started to see things change.” 

News: Mar 21 - 27

Mar 27, 2020

Nearly an 800% increase in unemployment claims, Governor Noem issues an executive order, schools around South Dakota adjust to online learning, and more in this week's "In the Moment" news podcast. 

SDPB News: March 23

Mar 23, 2020

The SDPB "Statehouse" Podcast is SDPB's daily news podcast. We bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines over the past 24 hours.

Each day SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Enjoy.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken recommends that the city Board of Health shut down some businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

The Board of Health’s actions may depend on an executive order expected from Governor Noem later today.

Mayor TenHaken maintains anything less than statewide action to restrict business activity has limited effects.

“So for instance if we do something in the 80 square miles of Sioux Falls, I don’t govern Tea, I don’t govern Harrisburg, Hartford, Renner, Brandon.”

Avera Health

For many South Dakota businesses, things are far from normal. But despite the coronavirus pandemic, many of the state’s farmers and ranchers are making plans for the upcoming season.

Charles Baron is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer for the Farmers Business Network. He’s had dozens of conversations recently with farmers all over the nation. So far, the virus hasn’t introduced many new factors into the business decisions farmers make.

South Dakota Healthcare, Caring And Cautious

Mar 18, 2020

There has been an increase in the amount of people who have reached out to healthcare professionals in South Dakota. As of lunch hour on Wednesday, more than 900 South Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19. The number of pending tests jumped from 35 on Tuesday to 350 on Wednesday as the state waits for supplies to continue processing results.

Avera Behavioral Health Remaining Open

Mar 17, 2020
Avera Health

The recent COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact worldwide in a variety of ways. One of the aspects being affected by this viral spread is the mental health of everyday citizens.

Malia Holbeck is the Outpatient Services Manager for Avera Behavior Health. She explained that the recent events can definitely make people more anxious or scared.

Adria Botella

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announces a new fund to help those who come under financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The One Sioux Falls fund received $700,000 from local businesses in its first 18 hours. The mayor is also asking city council to allot another $250,000 in general funds.

Mayor TenHaken says the fund is offered through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.  

The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced it’s moving all public university classes online for two weeks. 

Sioux Falls School District

The state’s largest school district is creating a plan in the event schools stay closed beyond this week. The Sioux Falls School District is also continuing to provide meals for students.

Sioux Falls Superintendent Brian Maher says the district’s primary role is the development of students.

“But right now our role has changed from an academic responsibility to a social responsibility,” he says.

Maher says this week’s closure may only be the beginning, and he encourages families to come up with a plan in the event of an extended school absence.

City of Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls Board of Health is considering regulations to bring before the City Council that limit gatherings to 50 people or less in city facilities. This is a drop from last week’s limit to gatherings of 250 people or less to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Jill Franken is the Public Health Director for the City of Sioux Falls. She says this new limit recommendation is based on updated guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control issued on Sunday.

Healthcare professionals are continuing to urge “social distancing” as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19.

It doesn’t mean you have to stay home, but specialists say avoiding crowds can make a big difference in slowing the spread of the virus.

Dr. Jennifer Hsu is an infectious disease physician with Sanford Health. She says COVID-19—like all other respiratory illnesses—is typically spread through large droplets.

With healthcare professionals encourage social distancing as a precaution against coronavirus spread, faith communities are considering adjustments to their practices.

As for the Catholic Church, both the Diocese of Rapid City and the Diocese of Sioux Falls have released differing changes to mass.

The Diocese of Rapid City announced precautionary adjustments to mass on March 6th, before South Dakota had confirmed cases of COVID-19.