Coronavirus News and Announcements

Community Briefings: Watertown Area Task Force

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Representatives from vital city and county organizations have unified to provide the community coronavirus updates. The current state changes rapidly, and this task force encourages our community to stay updated with reputable information through updates like the briefings below and education from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  …

Prairie Lakes Begins Screening for COVID-19 at Entrances

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
WATERTOWN, S.D. March 24, 2020 – To further decrease the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) will start screening staff, patients, and visitors entering the facilities starting Wednesday, March 25. Staff will screen those entering the hospital at the east (emergency room…

Positive Case and Testing Information

Monday, March 23, 2020
Vital organizations in Codington County are unified to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the Watertown Area Task Force. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The South Dakota Department of Health announced today that one person tested positive for COVID-19 in Codington County. The task…

Event Changes & Cancellations

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Upcoming events managed and hosted by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System were changed due to the CDC recommendation to limit group gatherings to help the slow the spread of COVID-19.  Current changes: Advanced Directives Talk the scheduled event for March 25th has been cancelled. Pathway Through Grief support group meetings scheduled…

Non-Essential Elective Procedures Postponed

Friday, March 20, 2020
To further decrease the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is postponing non-essential elective procedures. Patients whose procedures are postponed are being contacted. Watertown physicians are taking proactive steps to protect the most vulnerable community members. This decision aligns with a recommendation…

Codington County Initiates Unified Measures

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Vital organizations in Codington County met to unify procedures in preparation for community members to test positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Codington County.  COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People with COVID-19 experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough…

"Local health care facilities prepare..." - Special Interview

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dr. Senne, Pulmonologist, K.C. DeBoer, President & CEO, and Shannon Britt, Infection Control Nurse sat down with The Watertown Public Opinion reporter Laura Butterbrodt yesterday. Article "Local health care facilities prepare for COVID-19 to hit Watertown" Note: The information in this article is current as of the afternoon of March 13. Updates…

Message from Mayor Caron

Friday, March 13, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Watertown is part of the incident command team formed to communicate and address issues related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic currently developing throughout our nation. This team provides continuous connection between government leaders and public health officials across Codington County to ensure we are…

New Visitor Policy - COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020
“For the safety of our patients and staff, we are implementing a policy of allowing only one visitor at a time to visit patients in the hospital, as well as accompanying patients receiving care at all our facilities,” said K.C. DeBoer, President and CEO. “This policy will be effective tomorrow,…

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