South Dakota hospital system warns of surge in virus cases

August 29, 2020 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Monument Health leaders have told physicians and caregivers to prepare for a surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks.

The Rapid City Journal reports the warning came from system-wide email after a total of 60 physicians and caregivers tested positive for COVID-19 in August, including 44 in the past week.

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Another 167 caregivers are being monitored following COVID-19 exposures either at work or in the community, the email said.

Brad Archer, chief medical officer, said in the email that the staff should be “extra diligent to protect your personal health.”

The Rapid City-based health care system serves 20 communities in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. The company’s website said it has more than 4,500 physicians and caregivers at five hospitals, eight specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.