Dr. Josh Clayton

South Dakota Department of Health

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed two cases of mumps in southeastern South Dakota. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 30 cases in bordering parts of the state. Many of those Nebraska cases were traced to people attending a wedding. 

Avera Health Communications Coordinator Nathan Johnson says at least one of the mumps cases is in Yankton County, but Avera has not seen any cases at their hospital.

Josh Clayton

Aug 28, 2019

In The Moment ... August 28, 2019 Show 647 Hour 2

South Dakota parents, educators and health officials are facing a four-year gap in data about risky youth behaviors related to drinking and drug use, sexual activity, and eating habits. The lack of information about what young people are actually doing can impair efforts at the state and local levels to prevent dangerous or unhealthy behavoirs.

Dr. Joshua Clayton is the South Dakota State Epidemiologist. He joins In The Moment to explain the problem.

First Case of Rare Paralyzing Illness Confirmed in South Dakota

Dec 20, 2018
South Dakota Department of Health

Health officials have confirmed the first case of a rare paralyzing illness in South Dakota. Acute flaccid myelitis can cause weakness in the arms and legs, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech and other symptoms. More than 150 cases of the disease have been reported around the country this year.

State epidemiologist Josh Clayton says the case in eastern South Dakota was first reported in early November. The confirmation comes after multiple tests and collaboration with the CDC.

South Dakota Breaks Record for Suicide Deaths in 2017

Jul 24, 2018
South Dakota Department of Health

In 2017, South Dakota saw the highest number of suicides in state history. This is the second time the state has broken its own suicide record in less than five years.

The state Department of Health reports 192 South Dakotans died by suicide in 2017. State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says the last time the state broke this record was in 2015 with 173 suicide deaths.

“In 2017 we did see about 80% of the suicides from male individuals," he says. "The highest rate of suicides did come among the population of 20 to 24 year-olds.”

In The Moment ... April 3, 2018 Show 307 Hour 1

Today we welcome South Dakota's epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton. Influenza A may be behind us but there may be more on the horizon.

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota has the third highest suicide rate for young people in the country, and overall suicide rates in the state are on the rise.

One woman from Presho has seen the impact of suicide on small communities first hand. As a student at the University of South Dakota, Chesney Garnos researched suicide and bullying. Now, she speaks to students in schools around the state. 

At the beginning of her presentation, Chesney Garnos asks students to imagine this scenario:

In The Moment ... February 5, 2018 Show 270 Hour 2

South Dakota state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton provides the current influenza update, and we discuss why South Dakotans resist calling in sick to work.

In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

Dr. Josh Clayton is the state's new epidemiologist. He joins us for an overview of his role, an update on the current flu season, and thoughts on South Dakota's infant mortality rate and opioid use statistics.