Four more people have died of COVID-19 as the state’s total is now 54 deaths. The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting 57 new positive cases with 101 people currently hospitalized.

Sioux Falls Department of Health director Jill Franken says the 14-day trend shows cases continuing to decline in Minnehaha County. Hospitals have plenty of capacity, which led the city to lift restrictions on businesses.

Testing at nursing homes continues as almost 1,900 residents have been tested.

The Sioux Falls City Council has pulled back the regulations aimed at businesses due to COVID-19. At Tuesday's meeting the council voted unanimously to repeal the so-called "no mingling" ordinance which will take effect on Friday.

Food service will require patrons to stay six feet apart and total number of customers to be under 50 percent of their posted maximum occupancy.

Even though the Sioux Falls swimming pools and aquatic centers will stay closed for the summer Mayor Paul TenHaken says plans are in the works to reopen the Midco Aquatic Center soon. Along with that city community centers and libraries will also be part of that phase.

WE’RE OPEN BUSINESS ADJUST TO COVID-19

Feeding South Dakota continues to partner with local agencies to host centralized food distributions twice a week at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The food giveaways are every Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 8 PM, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers have been working on weekly food boxes for those served by the Salvation Army by delivering them to families. Others are serving meals at "Sallie's Table", a local weekend feeding program held at the Salvation Army every Saturday and Sunday.

The Governor’s South Dakota Back to Normal Plan is available for viewing at covid.sd.gov.

Department of Labor and Regulation reminds unemployment claimants who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 that they must return to work if called back to remain eligible for benefits.

The CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others.

The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program has put together do-it-yourself volunteer projects that are perfect to do at home during this time. Helpline Center invites you to choose projects that are of interest.

COVID in South Dakota

During this time when social distancing and washing your hands is so important to remember that taking care of yourself is the most important thing, you can do. Health officials advise staying connected and have a support system. You are not the only one going through this. And you can make a difference in someone else's life. Reach out to them with a phone call or text to see how they are doing and give them encouragement.

You will find daily updates on the coronavirus in an around the Sioux Falls area with the very latest information from city and state leaders plus our health care providers right here on our website. And take us with you with our branded app.

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