South Dakota State Epidemiologist

State health officials are reluctant to address questions about the projected death rates for COVID-19. They say infection rates, mitigation efforts, and other factors make it difficult to predict, but they outlined the formula they are using. 

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says the department’s projections focus on predicting hospital capacity needs, but she notes previous estimates of death rates from COVID-19.

“That ranges from 0.5 to 3 percent of positive cases.”

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.