Coronavirus Disease 2019
Brookings Health System continues to take the necessary safety measures and precautions to ensure our services are delivered as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also remain ready to cease non-essential care in the event a COVID-19 surge develops in our community.
Please remember: this is an evolving situation. Brookings Health System is staying up-to-date on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Dakota Department of Health guidelines and implementing changes immediately as needed.
Stay Strong, Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Health is still reporting COVID-19 cases throughout the state. Currently, Brookings County is listed as having high spread of COVID-19, meaning we have 100+ cases per 100,000 people. We must use all of the tools available to us to end the pandemic, including vaccinations, social distancing, masks, hand hygiene and frequent cleaning.
Watch & Learn
Dr. Matt Bien explains what parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and children. Darren Benike shares his experience being hospitalized both in inpatient care with us and the intensive care unit in Sioux Falls with COVID-19 in the two videos below. Ambrose Warborg and Chris Edmonds share their experiences being hospitalized with COVID-19. Learn about the ways our team members have been going above and beyond for patients during the pandemic and listen to a thank you message for both our staff and our community.
COVID-19 Medical Surge Capacity
Medical surge capacity is a medical organization's ability to evaluate and care for a marked increase volume of patients that challenges or exceeds normal operating capacity. If Brookings Health System exceeds our normal medical infrastructure due to COVID-19 at any point during the pandemic, we have the capability to care for up to 80 patients at our facility.
Our Bed Management Plan for COVID-19 Medical Surge Capacity details how we will safely accommodate and care for COVID-19 patients and at what point we must exceed Brookings Hospital's 49-bed licensure in accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ emergency declaration.
This graphic notates Brookings Hospital's range of COVID-19 patient occupied hospital beds according to the Bed Management Plan for COVID-19 Medical Surge Capacity. It does not reflect the total number of patients hospitalized throughout the pandemic.
Please Note: Brookings Hospital's range of COVID-19 patient occupied hospital beds is not a direct correlation to the number of COVID-19 positive cases or patient hospitalizations from Brookings County.
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COVID-19 Health Information
COVID-19 News from Brookings Health
Brookings Health System reminds the community to continue to stay vigilant against COVID-19, practicing the necessary safety precautions and getting vaccinated, especially considering the Delta variant.
Brookings Health System has been awarded a grant through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) will hold a free, walk-in COVID-19 community vaccination center, also referred to as a point of dispensing (POD), on Wednesday, June 9. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings.