Practice Good Health

COVID-19 Resources for South Dakotans

Providing tools and resources for South Dakota patients.

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

The CDC has 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.

Use a Cloth Face Covering to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The SDSMA joins the CDC in calling for all Americans to wear a face covering to prevent COVID-19 spread. A recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. Read more about the benefits of wearing cloth face coverings here and in the links below.

About cloth face coverings
How to wear cloth face coverings
Considerations for wearing cloth face coverings
Making cloth face coverings
Washing cloth face coverings

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.

Reopening Schools

Considerations for Schools
Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
Considerations for K-12 Schools: Readiness and Planning Tool

Per CDC: Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings. Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to staff, students, and students’ families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.