Hospitals in South Dakota still close to capacity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (WNAX) — While new Covid-19 infection numbers in South Dakota are slowing down, hospitals are still close to capacity.

Doctor Michael Elliott, Medical Director at Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, says their numbers are very high

Elliot says many of the Covid patients need long term care

Elliot says they are taking pressure off the hospital by treating a number of Covid positive patients remotely

Elliott says they are preparing for Covid vaccinations with cold storage and facilities for mass immunizations.