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Coronavirus - What You Need to Know

Last modified on May 21, 2020 @ 11:23 am
Coronavirus - What You Need to Know

Community members  have helped flatten the curve in our region by following social distancing guidelines. Thank you! This has helped Prairie Lakes and other healthcare entities prepare for the pandemic's peak in our region - we are working as a team for you. Continue doing your part by following guidelines published by the Watertown Area Task Force through  daily (Monday - Friday)  Community Briefings and by the CDC (listed below).

What if I have symptoms?

Watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Please stay home and contact a healthcare provider to see if you should be tested. Download the symptom check tool.

COVID-19 Triage Hotline in Codington County

  • To use if you have medical questions or concerns about the COVID-19 Virus.

  • Hours: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday - Friday, Saturdays 9:00  am - 1:00 pm,  and Sundays 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

  • Call: 605-753-1408,   or be referred to this number by calling the 211 Helpline.

    •  A volunteer medical professional will answer a call during their scheduled shift.

    • If all lines are busy, callers will hear a message stating COVID-19 Hotline hours, and should call plan to call back after a few minutes.

    • This line is for information and recommendations...

    • If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, please call 9-1-1.

Appointments, Visits, and Testing

What to expect: appointments at Prairie Lakes During COVID-19 Pandemic

Watertown Testing Facilities

Healthcare Facility

Normal hours of operation

Phone Number

Brown Clinic

7:30 am – 5:00 pm (M - F)


Garcia Family Clinic

By Appointment (M – F)


Sanford Clinic

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (M – F)


Quick Care

7 am – 7 pm (M – F) and 9 am – 5 pm on Sat and Sun.


Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

24/7 Emergency Services



Quick Care and Sanford Clinic offer curbside testing and after hours acute care. After hours for acute care:

  • Sanford: 4:30 – 8:30 pm (M – F), 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (Sat.), & 1 – 5 pm (Sun.)
  • Quick Care: 7 am – 7 pm (M – F) and 9 am – 5 pm on Sat and Sun.

For emergent needs, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s emergency services are available 24/7. Please remember to call a healthcare provider first before entering their facility.  All facilities are asking patients questions and taking their temperature upon entering their facility.

More about our unified approach

All listed facilities are unified under the Watertown Area Task Force in response to the pandemic. Representatives from county, city, school,  business industry, and healthcare organizations are a part of the Watertown Area Task Force; furthermore, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is actively working with the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other entities.

A collaborated effort improves safety preparedness. “We’re prepared to deliver safe care,” said Shannon Britt, Infection Control Nurse. Britt manages Prairie Lakes Healthcare System’s infection control program which focuses on methods to safeguard patients and team members alike from contracting infectious diseases.

Unified Facebook Page: "2020 Watertown COVID-19"

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