SD Department of Health helps prepare schools for opening in the fall

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As schools continue to assess their plans for the fall, the state department of health says its continuing to work with districts to get them open for in-person classes.

While its still awaiting further guidance from the CDC, the health department is continuing to work with educators, and child care providers, to ensure the best practices in group settings.

Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said “Because we’re also looking at child care facilities and also what the recommendations are for those facilities. We are currently hosting this week three different webinars with different groups to just kind of understand what their questions are, help them understand what the current guidance is.”

Malsam-Rysdon also announced efforts to keep up with testing and avoid supply chain issues. Monument Health in Rapid City will receive a new machine capable of processing hundreds of tests per day.

The state also receiving a number of additional Abbott ID machines to keep up with demand, following large scale events this summer.

“Which we will deploy mostly in Western South Dakota to help with rally related needs, and then redeploy to universities to help them if they look to reopen. And the supply chain for those is definitely adequate.” said Malsam-Rysdon.

Malsam-Rysdon says most of the testing supply shortages are occurring in smaller clinics.

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