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Coronavirus News and Announcements

Community Briefings: Watertown Area Task Force

Thursday, May 28, 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.  …

Mindful of Mental Health for Seniors

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
May is Mental Health Month “The Prairie Lakes (CCU) critical care unit not only cares for the critical physical needs within our community, but also the mental and emotional needs experienced by the unbiased age or race of those we serve.   As a critical care staff, it is important to…

Practicing COVID-19 Guidelines

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Businesses are opening but that doesn’t mean that COVID-19 is no longer a threat. The recommendations from the CDC should still be followed by our community. It is important that everyone follows these guidelines so that we are able to keep our businesses open. Everyone Should Wash your hands often…

Antibody Tests at Prairie Lakes

Thursday, May 07, 2020
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) now offers antibody testing for the virus associated with COVID-19 for patients. An order from a patient’s healthcare provider is required.  It is only advised for people at least 10 days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms or 10 days since exposure to individuals with…

Resuming Elective Procedures in Watertown at Prairie Lakes Featured

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
In the very near future Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) will resume elective surgical procedures as part of a closely watched return to business plan aligned with the Governor’s “Back to Normal Plan” announced today. PLHS’s staff members are trained to keep all patients safe and prevent the spread of…

COVID-19 Codington County Hotline

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
 Who is the hotline for?  Individuals who have medical questions or concerns about COVID-19. Those who know or suspect that they have been exposed to the COVID-19 Virus. Those who are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) Those with questions or concerns about contracting or…

Delivery Service Launches for High Risk Individuals

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Volunteers with the Watertown Area Task Force are helping individuals at high risk for a COVID-19 infection stay safe. Definition of high-risk (from the CDC): Over the age of 65 years Chronic Conditions: Lung disease, including asthma Heart conditions Immunosuppressed Diabetes Kidney disease Free Delivery Service for High Risk Individuals…

Homemade Masks

Monday, April 06, 2020
The Watertown Area Task Force is looking for crafty people who want to help during this pandemic by sewing cloth masks.   Gracious community members who are able to make these cloth masks are asked to please use the “Olson Mask Pattern”. The masks can be made from any Cotton…

No Visitor Policy - COVID-19

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Closes Facilities to Visitors A no visitor policy in response to COVID-19 will go into effect at all Prairie Lakes Healthcare System facilities beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020. “For the safety of our patients and staff, we are implementing a no visitor policy for patients receiving…

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…
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