Elizabeth Racz

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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. 

Into the Numbers with Elizabeth Racz

Oct 20, 2020

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Yesterday the state Department of Health reported 567 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Watching a daily count of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths can numb the mind. But every number tells a story, and the story of the pandemic in South Dakota is not an encouraging one.  Elizabeth Racz Ph.D., is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology who teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus. She returns to In the Moment today to help us further understand those numbers. 

Navigating The Modeling & Predictions

Apr 7, 2020
NPR

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Elizabeth Racz is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology who teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus. She's been helping us navigate the modeling and predictions of the pandemic. She joins us with an update and to answer your questions about the progression of coronavirus in South Dakota.   

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

An Expert's Take On The Numbers

Mar 24, 2020
SDPB

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SDPB

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The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced all public universities will move to online learning for at least the next two weeks in light of public health concerns regarding coronavirus.  Professor Elizabeth Racz, Ph.D., MPH, is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology. She teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus.   

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