The South Dakota Department of Health continues to respond to the novel coronavirus to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.
What can you do to avoid illness?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Individuals at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, such as older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, should take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
- Create a family plan to prepare for COVID-19 and develop a stay at home kit with food, water, medication, and other necessary items.
If you or a family member develop symptoms (Symptoms of Coronavirus)
- Call your health care provider immediately and tell them about any recent travel or exposure.
- Individuals who are concerned that they have COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider via phone before going to a clinic or hospital to prevent spread in healthcare facilities.
- Avoid contact with other people.
- Follow the directions of your provider and public health officials.
- You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility.
Open Enrollment in the Marketplace will begin Sunday, November 1 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020 for health insurance beginning January 2021.
You can still get 2020 health insurance two ways...
- If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a life event like losing other coverage, getting married, or having a baby.
- If you qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
See if you can get insurance for 2021 at: https://www.healthcare.gov/screener/
My Health Finder
Use this easy tool to get personalized health recommendations for yourself or a family member, learn when your childor teen should have well-child visits or immunizations, get helpful tips and resources about parenting, healthy living and keeping children safe, and much more.
Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program
The primary mission of the Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is to treat children ages 0-21. The Dakota Smiles program is designed to assist people who do not have access to care and who do not have a dental home (children who have not seen a dentist for two years or live more than 85 miles from a dentist). No child will be turned away for inability to pay for services. The Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program includes two trucks that are fully equipped dental offices on wheels. Services provided include: diagnostic and preventive procedures, restorative procedures and tooth extractions.
Thanks to the South Dakota families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that completed the survey!
Conclusion: Parents in South Dakota are encountering many access, coverage and payment issues, and expressed frustration with the lack of available assistance based on survey results. Many survey respondents were parents of children with special health care needs, and several reported that they were unable to obtain recommended care due to issues coordinating care and unmanageable out-of-pocket expenses. There are opportunities to make meaningful improvements in the health care of maternal and child health populations in the state.