South Dakota hospital system warns of surge in virus cases

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Monument Health leaders have told physicians and caregivers to prepare for a surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. The Rapid City Journal reports the warning came from system-wide email after a total of 60 physicians and caregivers tested positive for COVID-19 in August, including 44 in the past week. Another 167 caregivers are being monitored following COVID-19 exposures either at work or in the community.

Brad Archer, chief medical officer, said in the email that the staff should be “extra diligent” to protect their health.