Your Health Matters: COVID-19 Resources for South Dakotans


Providing tools and resources for South Dakota patients.

COVID-19 Precautions: Guidelines for Gatherings and Events

As events and gatherings occur during these summer months, the SDSMA is reminding South Dakotans that 6 feet is the distance that should be kept between people interacting within their community. For example, whenever possible, hold activities outdoors and spread out, arrange seating to accommodate physical distancing, make hand sanitizer available, and if you are planning an activity, communicate to potential guests so they know precautions will be taken in order to mitigate risk. Whenever distancing is more difficult, or if you are gathering indoors, wear a mask.

Face coverings
Fact sheet: protecting yourself and others
Stop the spread
Reopening guidance

Earlier this month, the CDC released new guidelines on gatherings and events. The SDSMA is urging anyone planning activities to follow the guidelines. Those who are gathering should understand what actions they should take to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Getting Care

As we continue to navigate the pandemic moving forward, it is increasingly important that we all practice good health for our physical and emotional well-being. While COVID-19 care is certainly vital, so is continuing to proactively manage chronic conditions, vaccinations, preventive care and seeing a physician when needed. When we do this, we keep South Dakotans healthy.

Don't delay care! Your physician will see you now.

Data is showing emergency department visits and vaccination rates have significantly decreased in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Clinics are open and providing a safe care environment in which patients feeling comfortable is a top priority. Many clinics are taking the following measures to ensure a safe visit:

  • Controlling patient and staff flow, and waiting room set-up to allow for proper social distancing

  • Complying with CDC recommendations, and continuing to adjust policies as needed.

As the pandemic continues, the SDSMA encourages patients to seek care when needed.