Letter from Iowa health care system may shed light on hospital bed availability in South Dakota

9/25/20 10 p.m. UPDATE: As of 10:00 p.m. Friday, wording of the letter on the Orange City Area Health System’s website changed. The paragraph that once said hospitals in Sioux Falls and Sioux City were at “full capacity” now reads: “Some of the more acute patients who would typically be transferred to larger hospitals (in Sioux Falls and Sioux City) are being cared for locally due to increased demand. Sioux Falls-area hospitals have assured Sioux County health systems that they continue to accept critical COVID-19 patients, and it is well within their ability to do so.Dakota News Now obtained a screenshot of the article before the change was made (see below.)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – As of Friday, current COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota remain at 194.

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting that

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Top North Dakota health official lifts international travel quarantine order | Health

North Dakota’s top health official on Monday lifted the state’s 14-day quarantine order for people returning from international travel. 

Interim State Health Officer Dr. Paul Mariani said the decision follows the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s important for North Dakotans to remember that individual countries may have their own restrictions that impact travel,” he said in a statement. “Check with your destination’s Ministry of Health for the most up-to-date information.”

The travel quarantine order was issued in

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