A telephone call earlier this week between South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and mayors of the states’ top ten cities painted a stark picture of the impact the COVID 19 pandemic could potentially have on our state’s medical system.
Yankton Mayor Nathan Johnson says Governor Noem told them that citizens need to be prepared for the possibility that the number of infections throughout the area will not reach its peak until sometime in May.
Johnson says the Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly a third of the state’s citizens could become infected with the coronavirus.
Johnson says with a projected number of hospitalizations at around fifty-three thousand, South Dakota has only about two thousand hospital beds available throughout the entire state.
The Yankton City Commission has ordered a number of local businesses to close to the public throughout the month of April in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.