COVID-19 UPDATE 5.22.20-2 More Deaths
Today's COVID-19 numbers include two new deaths bringing the state's total to 50. Both are from Minnehaha County. 106 new positive cases with 122 recoveries. There are currently 83 people hospitalized with the coronavirus.
City bus service is set to resume. Commuters in Sioux Falls will see some public transit services return that had been suspended due to COVID-19. Beginning on Tuesday, Sioux Area Metro will resume a number of services that had been suspended or reduced. All fixed routes will run hourly each weekday. SAM is implementing several health protocols to help fight COVID-19, including extra cleaning and social distancing.
Both Sanford Health and Avera Health are now allowing some visitors at its hospitals and clinics.
The Center for Disease Control reminds travelers if you need to travel within the U.S. this Memorial Day weekend make sure you follow the guidance of local officials in the location you are departing from and the location you are traveling to. For more information about traveling within the US visit.
The Free Food Giveaway in Sioux Falls today will be at the Nordstrom-Johnson Building of the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The first 700 guests over the age of 18 will receive a box of pre-packaged food items in a drive-thru style giveaway beginning at 4:00 PM.
Sanford Health is relaxing policies that restrict visitors at their facilities. Sanford is now allowing one adult visitor with each patient at hospitals and clinics across the health system.
Volunteers have been working on weekly food boxes for those served by the Salvation Army by delivering them to families. Others are serving meals at "Sallie's Table", a local weekend feeding program held at the Salvation Army every Saturday and Sunday.
The Helpline Center, Feeding South Dakota, Faith Temple Food Giveaway, Corona Help Sioux Falls, and the Salvation Army are providing food to hungry families in the Sioux Empire. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 8 PM at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds to help with the giveaway.
The Governor’s South Dakota Back to Normal Plan is available for viewing at covid.sd.gov.
Department of Labor and Regulation reminds unemployment claimants who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 that they must return to work if called back to remain eligible for benefits.
The CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others.
The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program has put together do-it-yourself volunteer projects that are perfect to do at home during this time. Helpline Center invites you to choose projects that are of interest.
During this time when social distancing and washing your hands is so important to remember that taking care of yourself is the most important thing, you can do. Health officials advise staying connected and have a support system. You are not the only one going through this. And you can make a difference in someone else's life. Reach out to them with a phone call or text to see how they are doing and give them encouragement.
You will find daily updates on the coronavirus in an around the Sioux Falls area with the very latest information from city and state leaders plus our health care providers right here on our website. And take us with you with our branded app.