Monument Health

Roughly 100 high-risk cancer patients and 12 healthcare providers may have been exposed to COVID-19 in Rapid City.

A Monument Health caregiver tested positive for the disease after recently traveling outside of the state. 

The Meade County resident’s test result came back positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Monument Health President and CEO Paulette Davidson says the health system immediately enacted protocol to protect their employees and patients.  

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The big health systems on either side of South Dakota are taking opposite approaches to the public visibility of drive-through sampling for COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

In western South Dakota, Monument Health has publicly announced the location of a drive-through sampling site.  

Monument Health & COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020

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We continue our coverage of coronavirus prevention, testing, and treatment across the state of South Dakota. Dr. Shankar Kurra, M.D., is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health.

South Dakota’s three largest healthcare systems are announcing new visitor policies and other precautions against the spread of coronavirus. All new procedures take effect within the next week. 

Monument Health, Sanford and Avera released statements on their responses to COVID-19 on Thursday.