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Dealing with Substantial Community Spread

For over seven weeks now the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) has classified Brookings County as having substantial community spread of COVID-19, meaning the county has greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. As the number of positive cases in the region rises, so do the number of hospitalizations and deaths.

Brookings Health Encourages Community Members to Receive Annual Flu Shot

To help reduce the potential burden on local healthcare providers, Brookings Health System encourages community members to receive the annual influenza vaccine.

Brookings Health Restarts Baby Café and Basic Life Support Classes

Brookings Health System recently restarted two in-person events, New Beginnings Baby Café and American Heart Association Basic Life Support classes.

Brookings Health to Offer Safe@Home Course to Prepare Kids to Stay Home Alone

Brookings Health System will offer Safe@Home by SafeSitter®, a program designed for students in grades 4 to 6 to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. The class will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. inside the Ambulance Station and Education Center.

Where are the Hospitalizations?

On Aug. 31 Brookings County entered a new classification: substantial spread for COVID-19, meaning the county has greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. To date, the county has had 538 positive cases and currently has 140 active cases. But, according to the publically reported data, what hasn’t increased much is the number of hospitalizations among county residents.

Stauffacher Promoted to Director of Surgical Services

Terri Stauffacher, RN, was recently promoted to director of surgical services at Brookings Health System. She served as interim director over the summer upon the retirement of Candace Johnson, RN.

Brookings Health Asks for Public’s Help to Stop Recent Virus Wave

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to rise in Brookings County and the surrounding area, Brookings Health System asks the public to help stop virus transmission and reduce community spread to the minimal or none category.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle Raises Over $18K for COVID-19 Response Fund

More than 30 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s eleventh annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

New Neurologist to See Patients at Outreach Clinic

Neurologist Dr. Carol Nelson of Avera Medical Group Neurology will begin seeing patients at Brookings Health System’s outreach specialty clinic. Her first clinic date in Brookings is Sept. 1.

New Maternal Fetal Monitoring System Increases Safety for Mothers & Babies at Brookings Health

Brookings Health System recently implemented a new maternal fetal monitoring system that further increases safety for both mothers and babies during childbirth at New Beginnings Birth Center.