Sanford & Avera seeing increase cases of COVID-19

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(WNAX)- Two of the states largest health care groups are seeing increasing numbers of hospitalized patients, both for Covid and non Covid related causes.

Dr Mike Wilde, Sanford Chief Medical Officer, says the numbers continue to creep up.

Wilde says they are taking patients on health care need.

Avera Health vice president Dr David Basel says they have a higher patient load than normal.

Basel says they have room for more Covid related patients.

Both Wilde and Basel urge people to get vaccinated and use other virus mitigation tools.