Dr. Shankar Kurra

Dr. Shankar Kurra | COVID-19 Update

Feb 22, 2021
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February 22, 2021 Show 993 Hour 2.

Should patients plan their mammograms around their COVID vaccination schedule? What about plans for other vaccines, such as the one for Shingles? Plus, the state of South Dakota reaches a vaccine milestone.  Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health.

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In The Moment … January 27th, 2021 Show 979 Hour 2

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jan 25, 2021

In The Moment … January 25, 2021 Show 977 Hour 1

More than 58 thousand South Dakotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But as variants of the virus emerge, getting shots into the arms of more people is a crucial part of slowing the spread of the disease. Is the supply of vaccine doses keeping up with the demand? Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra with Monument Health.  

 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

  

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jan 4, 2021
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In The Moment … January 4th, 2021 Show 966 Hour 2

It took only 11 months to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. The 2 approved vaccines from Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna are being distributed across South Dakota. Some hesitate to get the shot for various reasons, but healthcare professionals encourage those over 18 to get it regardless of prior infection.

Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Dec 14, 2020
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In The Moment … December 14, 2020 Show 960 Hour 2

A vaccine for the Coronavirus is soon to be rolled out. What does that look like for South Dakota?

Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

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Communicating Our Health & Feelings During COVID

Dec 4, 2020
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In this In the Moment podcast, we reevaluate how we think and communicate about our mortality, our loneliness, and our holiday gatherings. In the conversations, we offer knowledge, validation, curiosity, creativity. We’ve got guests who might make you feel a little less alone and tips for navigating this month together: 

Dr. Sabina Kupershmidt - chair of the Interprofessional Health Education Center at USD.

Jill Tyler, Ph.D. - associate professor and chair of communication studies at USD.

COVID-19 Update with Dr. Shankar Kurra

Nov 30, 2020
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In The Moment … November 30, 2020 Show 950 Hour 2

This weekend members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force took to the national airwaves to encourage, and sometimes plead, with Americans to vigilantly monitor their behavior in the coming days to prevent a new, disastrous surge of COVID-19 cases. Confirmed cases in South Dakota had been trending down every so slightly heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. What happens next, now that so many people have traveled and gathered?

Dr. Shankar Kurra is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.

Dr. Shankar Kurra: Covid-19 Update

Nov 23, 2020
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In The Moment … November 23, 2020 Show 947 Hour 2

As we draw nearer to the approval of the first vaccine for the coronavirus, COVID-19 infection rates climb each day across the nation and here at home. More than 800 South Dakotans have now died from the disease. Our healthcare professionals continue to be taxed with Covid 19 cases, even as they learn more every day about the virus. Dr. Shankar Kurra is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health and joins us today.

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Covid-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Nov 9, 2020
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In The Moment … November 9, 2020 Show 938 Hour 2

This morning Pfizer announced its trial coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective. This latest update comes as South Dakota prepares to distribute an eventual vaccine...and continues to face record-breaking active cases...hospitalizations...and deaths.  Here to join us for our weekly COVID-19 Update is Dr. Shankar Kurra, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health. 

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Some local healthcare experts say South Dakota isn’t testing enough people for COVID-19. But the state Department of Health does not have plans to increase its official monthly testing goal. 

Dr. Shankar Kurra is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health. He says healthcare systems use models to anticipate the level of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the coming months, which can help them anticipate staffing needs and other concerns.  

“If we have the right amount of testing, the numbers tend to be more accurate,” he says. 

COVID 19 Update with Dr. Shankar Kurra

Oct 19, 2020
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In The Moment … October 19, 2020 Show 923 Hour 2

U.S. cases of COVID-19 have increased by nearly 30 percent from two weeks ago. The rate of new infections in South Dakota continues to eclipse that in other states. Now, as the weather cools and we prepare to spend more time indoors, public health officials are warning we may be entering the "darkest days" of the pandemic yet.  Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health and joins us today with the latest.

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Covid 19 Update: Dr. Shankar Kurra

Sep 28, 2020
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In The Moment … September 28, 2020 Show 911 Hour 1

 Active cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state. Hospitalizations rose as well, and with that, social media rumors have also taken new flight. Since the first cases of the contagion were confirmed in South Dakota, SDPB has brought you weekly, and often daily, updates on what we know about the virus and how to keep yourself and your family safe.  Dr. Shankar Kurra, M.D. is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health. He joins us today to share the science behind the pandemic. 

Dr. Shankar Kurra: Covid-19 Update

Sep 8, 2020
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In The Moment … September 8, 2020 Show 897 Hour 1

South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa are three of the highest risk states per capita of COVID-19 spread. Are we all at more risk now because of the size of our outbreak? What kind of treatments are available here at home?  Dr. Shankar Kurra is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health and joins us today with the latest.

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COVID 19 Update with Dr. Shankar Kurra

Aug 17, 2020
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In The Moment … August 17, 2020 Show 882 Hour 1

As students and teachers prepare to head back to the classroom, the pandemic lingers. A vaccine is being worked on and physicians and scientists continue to study Sars-CoV-2. They learn more and more each day. Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health and joins us today with the latest.

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COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jul 27, 2020

In The Moment … July 27, 2020 Show 867 Hour 2

More than 8,400 South Dakotans have now tested positive for Sars Co-V2. Thousands (7404 to be exact) have also recovered. Since the first confirmed case in the state, doctors from the state's three major health care systems have been taking turns joining us on air for a weekly COVID-19 update. Today we welcome back Dr. Shankar Kurra with Monument Health.  Shankar Kurra, M.D. is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health 

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

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jul 6, 2020
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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.

An Update With Monument Health

Apr 13, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 2

Are the measures we are taking flattening the curve? What can we tell at this point and what needs to happen in the days ahead? What do we know about this virus that we didn't know last week? How is the surge capacity planning going? Dr. Shankar Kurra, M.D. is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.