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

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An emergency shelter in the Rapid City Civic Center is up and running for sick homeless people.

It’s designed to handle a potential COVID-19 outbreak among the homeless population and offer care during the pandemic.

The Civic Center’s Rushmore Hall is transformed into a three-tiered emergency shelter.  Jeremy Walla with the Pennington County Emergency Operations Center gives a tour. The facility is complete with beds and laundry service.  

Dr. Kevin Post: COVID-19 Update

May 8, 2020

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As Americans reach for a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, scientists and medical professionals search for the kind of insight and solutions that could create breakthroughs large and small in the fight against the novel coronavirus.  Kevin Post is chief medical officer with the Avera Medical Group. He joins us with an update on research and clinical trials. 

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.

Romantic Relationships During A Pandemic

May 7, 2020
Black Hills Psychology

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How has the coronavirus affected your current relationship at home? Perhaps both are working from home and are spending more time under one roof together than before. We are now forced to connect with loved ones in ways that we certainly aren't used to. Michele Clodfelder is a licensed professional counselor with Mental Health for Black Hills psychology. She joins us today with a therapeutic look at love inside a pandemic.


Sioux Falls AFL-CIO

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Kevin Woster: Gov Noem & The Press

May 7, 2020

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Lifelong Learning During The Pandemic

May 6, 2020

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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. 

Lura Roti: Community & Social Distancing

May 6, 2020

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Jokes chalked on sidewalks, teddy bears in windows, nightly noise, and front porch concerts, Sioux Falls' neighbors are doing their part to maintain community in a time of social distancing. SDPB's Lura Roti has this snapshot.


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. 


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. 

Dr. Shankaar Kurra With A COVID-19 update

May 4, 2020

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In March the coronavirus pandemic began and as each minute passes by, our health professionals are learning more and more. For the past several weeks we have invited medical professionals to the show to tell us what we know now that we didn’t know let’s say last week. Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health, he joins us with an update.

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.

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As people across the state are self-isolating to prevent the spread of Sars-CoV-2, some facilities face unique challenges. Over the past few week's we've talked about colleges with cleared dormitories, nursing homes with locked down residents and staff, and today we begin a conversation about jails and prisons. Mike Milstead is the sheriff of Minnehaha County, the county with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of South Dakota. 


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

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City of Rapid City

From hair salons in Yankton to casinos in Deadwood, city leaders across the state are talking about easing pandemic-related regulations.   

One of those cities is Deadwood, which is dependent on gambling and tourism. Those industries, like so many others, are closed for business.   

South Dakota Tourism

The National Park Service plans to hold a fireworks show on July 3 at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, despite environmental concerns and fears about the spread of COVID-19.  

Deadwood Gaming Association

Bets at Deadwood casinos were down 20 percent in March compared to the same time last year. 

The new numbers show Deadwood casinos handled about $69 million last month. That’s about $17 million less than the casinos handled the previous March. 

Mike Rodman is executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association. He said the numbers reflect the citywide shutdown of casinos on March 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dusty Johnson Talks "Payroll Protection Program"

Apr 27, 2020

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Testing Without COVID-19 Symptoms a Matter of Supplies

Apr 24, 2020

State health officials say up to a quarter of people who test positive for COVID-19 will show NO symptoms. Some organizations are doing widespread testing to prevent those people from spreading the virus. But the state Department of Health will only test people with symptoms. 

The difference comes down to a matter of supplies.

News: Apr 18 - 24

Apr 24, 2020

In this week's In the Moment news, Senator Rounds joins us, Chuck Parkinson & Frontline's Miles O'Brien talk the Government's response, Avera answers questions about at home care, and more.



The CDC has released its report on how the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls can limit spread of the coronavirus. The plant remains closed after becoming one of the country’s largest cluster of COVID-19 cases.

The fifteen-page memo outlines observations from a CDC inspection. It includes things Smithfield was already doing - like screening employee temperatures when they got to work and adding plexiglass barriers between employees. 

NSU Adds Online Option for Freshman Orientation

Apr 23, 2020

Northern State University in Aberdeen will take some of its freshman orientation program online. Virtual events will begin in May to prepare new students for college life. 

NSU usually holds five or six orientation days – or HOWL Days, which stands for Helping Our Wolves Learn. Justin Fraase is director of communications and marketing for the school. He says each one attracts up to 80 incoming freshman students. Typically they visit campus, register for classes and get acclimated. 

Fraase says there are still a few in-person HOWL days scheduled for later this summer.

Josh Haiar / SDPB

It’s taking several weeks for some South Dakotans to obtain unemployment benefits. 

The state Department of Labor and Regulation reports about 75 percent of the people who file for unemployment get their benefits in a matter of days. 

But Department Secretary Marcia Hultman said it takes the other 25 percent of people four weeks or more. 

On Call with the Prairie Doc®

Apr 23, 2020
On Call with the Prairie Doc®

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On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 central 6 mountain. Tonight's episode is on the science of treating COVID-19. This show aims to help you better understand vaccine development for COVID-19 along with the drugs that are being studied. Prairie Doc® physician Kelly Evans-Hullinger is an internal medicine doctor with Avera Medical group and she is the host of this evening's show and joins us by phone with a preview.



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The South Dakota Supreme Court declared a judicial state of emergency on March 13. Jails across the state have taken measures to reduce the daily population count in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in high-risk environments. And, in the midst of the pandemic, on April 17, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson celebrated 25 years as Chief Justice. 



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