Johnson trying to keep updated on virus situation in South Dakota

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (DRG News) – South Dakota U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson made stops at the Sanford Chamberlain Hospital and at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain Monday to discuss the impact of COVID-19.

Johnson says he’s trying to talk with as many health care providers and school administrators as he can to keep updated on the coronavirus situation in the state.

Johnson says testing for COVID-19 still isn’t happening at the levels it should be– in the state or in the United States.

Last week (Nov. 19, 2020), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and instead, spend the day only with people living in the same household.

Johnson hopes South Dakotans comply.

The CDC says hosting families should take added precautions if they include returning college students, military service members or people from outside their household in their holiday gathering. They says that means keeping 6 feet apart, wearing masks, one person serving the food and eating outdoors, if possible.

CDC scientists believe about 40% of infected people don’t have obvious symptoms, but can still spread the virus.