State still has plenty of hospital beds available to care for COVID patients

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – Information from the Department of Health shows the number of active infections in South Dakota is 3,828, including 209 who are being treated in hospitals.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says hospitals in the state still have plenty of beds available to care for COVID-19 patients.

The Department of Health’s website shows 45% of the staffed hospital beds in the state are available to care for all patients while 28% of the staffed Intensive Care Unit beds are available, as of Monday. Since the pandemic began in March, 1,488 South Dakotans have had to be hospitalized because of coronavirus.