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 minimal spread of COVID-19, meaning we have less than 10 cases per 100,000 or a minimum of 1 case. In addition, variants of concern have been detected in Brookings County. 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
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.
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COVID-19 Health Information
COVID-19 News from Brookings Health
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.
On April 5, South Dakota officially entered phase 2 of the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, defined as a large number of vaccine doses available in the state. In the seven weeks since entering phase 2, less than 3,500 additional Brookings County residents have chosen to receive the vaccine. In comparison, nearly 5,800 Brookings County residents chose vaccination in the month of March alone, a time in which supply was limited and demand was high.
Following the recent emergency use authorization (EUA) expansion by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) will hold a free, COVID-19 community vaccination center for adolescents ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, May 20. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings.