Latest update from Sanford health on COVID hospitalizations

Those numbers seem to keep climbing, as we’re up from 211 hospitalized, 48 in the ICU, and 30 on ventilators over last weeks’ numbers, and we had jumped 41 people hospitalized over the week before.

Getting the COVID vaccination is better than the alternative.

53 thoughts on “Latest update from Sanford health on COVID hospitalizations”

    1. Are you saying American hospitals should refuse treatment to unvaccinated people? Maybe my sarcasm meter is off.

    2. Do you believe people who choose not to get the flu shot every year should be denied hospital space?
      Your comment is ignorant at best. Many people, like me are not in favor of mandates. They believe people can make their own decisions. In fact, many people have already had the china flu and have more anti-bodies than the people who have had the jab. You Mandators are dangerous to our society.
      BTW, I suppose next you will believe it is time to deny hospital space to people who smoke. Maybe you want to deny space to people who are obese? How about people who drink and destroy their livers? You are one of the best examples of soft tyranny.

  1. Why is South Dakota not leading the charge for the cure to COVID with a protocol of Ivermectin supported by vitamins? The Ivermectin protocol proved totally successful in Utar Pradesh, an Indian state of 210 million people?

    The current Federal Government protocol is “go home and come back when you are really sick” Then you will be put on a ventilator and fed poison until you die. There is a massive suppression of this available cure because the EUA on which experimental gene therapy is based cannot happen if “there is no other viable alternative to treatment”. That is right out of the FDA rules for conditions that must be met prior to an EUA.

    The experimental gene therapy is proven to progressively destroy the immune system of those receiving it. There is no question about this.

    And because health care providers are allowed to charge 125% of medicare for COVID cases, everything becomes a COVID case. Colin Powel did not die of COVID, he died of old age and cancer. But it was called a death due to complications from COVID. At 84 and with blood cancer the slightest event, a cold for example, can be the last thing that happens to you.

    Not fighting the Federal stance is equivalent to supporting it. Any attempt to force the experimental gene therapy on American Citizens is unconstitutional and illegal.

    South Dakota Senators, Representative and Legislators need to decide whose side they are on and act accordingly.

    The numbers in the latest COVID cases in South Dakota could absolutely be reduced to 1 or 2% with the broad availability of Ivermectin.

    What is being done in the name of the citizens?

    1. Why is South Dakota not leading the charge for the cure to COVID with a protocol of Ivermectin supported by vitamins?

      Probably because South Dakota is not spending all day reading Facebook where people try to claim you can cure COVID with sheep dewormer.

        1. Are you talking about the drug they gave every serviceman and woman that served in Iraq?

          Please prove it hasn’t helped combat covid.

    2. Good comments. I think our so-called representatives have indeed picked which side they’re on and it is not we the people.

    3. I looked into some of the Ivermectin studies. It does prevent or slow the replication of the virus. One study found it was effective if taken within 2 hours of infection. This makes it suitable for post-exposure prophylaxis. The trouble with relying on post-exposure prophylaxis is that Covid is an airborne pathogen and most people don’t know when they are exposed. It’s not like being bitten by a rabid animal, stepping on a tetanus-laced nail, or exposed to the body fluids of someone with HIV.

      With covid, most people don’t know they have been exposed until they are extremely ill, and by then it is too late to take Ivermectin. So the best protection is to get vaccinated.

    1. what difference does it make which hospital they are in? Sanford is just trying to drive home the point about vaccination.
      The State Department of Health has numbers broken down by region, and totals for the state are 200 hospitalized, of which 53 are in Intensive Care and of the ones in ICU, 33 are intubated..

      1. Are you talking about the vaccine that doesn’t stop you from getting covid and spreading it?

        I noticed you didn’t reply to my post about ages.

        Please tell me how you can prove the vaccine reduces your symptoms when you get covid?

        You can’t prove the vaccine reduces symptoms. Every person’s immune system reacts differently to the fauci virus.

        You may call yourself a Republican, but you are certainly not knowledgable in common sense.

        I have researched this “vaccine” thoroughly. I would be happy to discuss the specific science with you.

        1. Simple. Gather samples of individuals who have tested positive for covid and compare symptoms. Ensure the samples are of sufficient size and representative across age groups.

          Phew. That was tough.


          the Minnesota Department of Health has very detailed reports on cases by age and vaccination status. I think it’s safe to assume we have similar demographics here; 16% of their population is of Norwegian ancestry, 14% of ours. They are 83% white, we are 84%,they have more African-Americans, we have more Native Americans. 64% of their population has received at least one dose of vaccine, 59% are considered fully vaccinated, to our 60% and 51%.

          The point is, they are a lot like us, both in demographics and vaccination status.

          It’s pretty obvious from the statistics that being vaccinated is protecting people from severe disease and death.

          I’m sure you will find some other reason to discount these statistics but it would be better if you would just learn to deal with them. They are what they are.

      2. Anne Beal, thank you for making my point for me. You can’t assume all 22 facilities are in South Dakota, yet you only choose to quote numbers from there.

    2. Nearly all Sanford’s beds are in a swath 100 miles each side of I 90 from Sioux City to Fargo with the vast majority in Sioux Falls or Fargo. Look at a website and see the facilities for yourself.

      1. Your answer does nothing to address my comment. Without knowing where they are located, it is impossible to put the numbers in any context. I’m intimately familiar with where the facilities are located, thank you very much.

        1. Kidding? You have a homogenous population located in a close geographic area. If you’re familiar with the locations, then you should likewise be familiar with census data and demographics of their footprint. Likewise, your argument is utterly specious in a system built on small, critical care access facilities that refer critical patients to their larger rural referral center facilities, ie: Sioux Falls, Fargo, Aberdeen, etc.

          1. apparently some people think it proves something that all the critically ill patients are located in hospitals with intensive care units, and nobody is hospitalized in any of the outpatient clinics.

            Obviously there is a conspiracy out there.

  2. Losing trump supporters left and right by their own stupidity. They weren’t kidding about making America great again.

    1. What are you talking about?

      You do know the majority of the covid unvaccinated are either black or have PhD’s right?

      Please try to keep your ignorance to yourself.

      1. ehhhh Wrong again!

        “Of Americans surveyed from Sept. 13-22, 72% of adults 18 and older had been vaccinated, including 71% of white Americans, 70% of Black Americans, and 73% of Hispanics. Contrast these converging figures with disparities based on politics: 90% of Democrats had been vaccinated, compared with 68% of Independents and just 58% of Republicans.

        A Gallup survey released on Sept. 29 confirmed the KFF findings. As of mid-September, 75% of adult Americans have been vaccinated, including 73% of non-Hispanic white adults and 78% of non-whites. Along party lines, however, the breakdown was 92% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans.

        There is no reason to believe that these gaps in vaccination rates will disappear anytime soon. According to Gallup, 40% of Republicans “don’t plan” to get vaccinated, versus 26% of Independents and just 3% of Democrats. In response to a more sharply worded KFF question, 23% of Republicans report that they will “definitely not” get vaccinated, compared to 11% of Independents and just 4% of Democrats.

        These national divergences are reflected at the state and county level as well, per data from Johns Hopkins University. Of the 21 states with vaccination rates above the national average, Joe Biden carried 20 last November. Of the 29 states below the national average, Donald Trump carried 24. At the county level, the vaccination-rate gap between the counties Biden and Trump won has increased nearly six-fold from 2.2% in April to 12.9% in mid-September, according to KFF.”

        1. Do you have reading comprehension issues?

          I was talking about the majority of the unvaccinated.

          I’m going to assume you are a democrat and not very smart.

          1. Yes.
            Another question that bothers me. Why do so many medical professionals choose not to have the jab?
            About your assumption, probably true, although it could be an establishment Republican.

  3. (snip) “VAERS our vaccine adverse effect reporting system, showed at the beginning of this week 16,000 deaths, 23,000 disabilities, 10,000 MI/myocarditis, 87,000 urgent care visits, 75,000 hospital stays, and 775,000 total adverse events. The VAERS system is widely known to under-report events, with an estimated 90 to 99% of events going unreported there.”


    1. Disclaimer
      VAERS accepts reports of adverse events and reactions that occur following vaccination. Healthcare providers, vaccine manufacturers, and the public can submit reports to the system. While very important in monitoring vaccine safety, VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness. The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. In large part, reports to VAERS are voluntary, which means they are subject to biases. This creates specific limitations on how the data can be used scientifically. Data from VAERS reports should always be interpreted with these limitations in mind.

      1. I will sum it up for you. You didn’t disprove anything I posted.

        Your post reminds me of posting covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths without the ages or other health issues they have.

  4. Over Halloween 2020, I had covid. The only reason I knew I had it was because I lost taste and smell. There was one night I woke up around 3:00 am and had a mild fever. Took some Tylenol and felt fine in the morning. As a first responder, I was able to get the vaccine fairly early this last Spring. Around a month ago, I tested positive again. Except this time, it wasn’t a fun two week quarantine where I was able to hunt nearly every day. Hands down the worst I have ever felt. High fever, body aches, cold sweats, unbelievable sinus pressure, shortness of breath, all of it.

    On my worst day, I had a 103.7 fever. Took the max dose of Tylenol and ibuprofen at the same time (per doc recommendation) and my fever still stayed at 103.5 for an hour and a half after that. I had a timer on my phone and was 15 min away from calling an ambulance if my fever didn’t start coming down. I took a cold bath, which was by far the worst experience of my life, and it finally started coming down. But it stayed at 102. Which was still terrible. I drank 1.5 gallons of water that day and went to the bathroom once. One time. I was also blowing blood out of my sinuses every time I blew my nose for 4 days. And not just a little. Fun stuff.

    I’m 35, regularly exercise, eat healthy, and have zero health issues. It scares me to think what it would have been like if any of those were different. There are two ways to look at this. Either the vaccine did nothing, or it possibly saved my life. But I can confidently say that I would rather have gotten the vaccine and be able to ask that question than to not have gotten it and have two young kids watch their father be buried. No one can, nor should they, force you to get vaccinated. But if you decide not to, and covid kills you, your pain is temporary. The pain the loved ones you leave behind will last much, much longer.

    1. How many other people do you know that have had covid more than once?

      I have not heard any stories in the news about a lot of people getting covid more than once.

      I’m not saying you are lying. I am saying that people getting covid twice is so rare that the MSM is not reporting it.

      Did you have an antibody test after the first infection?

      1. I am 100% positive I had it twice. No, I did not do the antibody test because it wasn’t necessary. I tested positive. I should have stated that the only reason I decided to get tested was because I lost taste and smell. I also was in close contact with someone who tested positive the day after I was with them. Yes, it is rare to get it twice, but not even close to unheard of. A quick google search will confirm that. I have a friend who has also had it twice and the second time was also much worse. However, they did not get the vaccine. There is no doubt that I am the exception to the rule, especially after being vaccinated. Valid and legitimate research shows that the vaccine lessens the severity of symptoms. Of course covid can still kill you even if your vaccinated. But you can also still die in a car accident if you’re wearing your seatbelt. Does that mean you shouldn’t wear your seatbelt?

        1. It’s only black and white with these people, they can’t think in terms of percentage of risk apparently.

  5. The vast majority of people who have died from the china flu most likely would have died anyway. Most of the people died “with” china flu, not “from”. Most likely people who have died from the china flu and only the china flu is close to 10%, the rest dying “with”. Overall, under 2% of the people who actually catch the virus die. The whole issue is blown out of proportion. Instead we have had an economy destroyed.

    1. duggersd writes: “The vast majority of people who have died from the china flu most likely would have died anyway.”

      No. ALL of them would have died anyway… eventually. All of us will. But that is just the beginning of your errors.

      Most patients weren’t hospitalized because they were old. Or had cancer or a heart condition. Some had no pre-existing conditions. They were hospitalized because they exhibited Covid symptoms and tested positive for Covid. Then their symptoms worsened and they were placed in ICU because of… you guessed it… Covid.

      Then they died… of Covid.

      duggersd pretending to be a coroner is just plain childish.

      1. Well, elk, obviously we all know everyone would have died eventually. The fact of the matter is you are playing word games and are not very good at it. You also are wrong. Most of the people who have died with Covid did not die from Covid but from something else with Covid. I don’t have to play coroner, nor do I play one on TV. I have done the research. Of the people who have been claimed to have died “from” Covid, less than 10% actually died from Covid. They died from something else. Your ignorance is loud and clear. But go ahead and keep spreading your ignorance.

        1. 10 percent died from Covid, you say?

          I guess I will stick with the real doctors, nurses and coroners for my estimates.

          You are just making stuff up.

    2. With that logic, barely anyone actually dies from cancer. They usually die “with” cancer. It’s all the secondary stuff, or a non-cancer related infection that kills them. If there was a vaccine for cancer, you wouldn’t get it, right?

      1. Actually, I have had the vaccination because I chose to get it. Nobody forced me to. But on the other hand it is really none of your business. It is ludicrous to force people to do something that has a less than 2% chance of killing you and even less when you consider most of the people who die wind up dying of something else. Don’t you find it interesting the number of people who usually die from the flu each year is between 25,000-65,000 and in the 2020-2021 year the number was less than 1,000?

        1. Maybe the covid virus killed the flu virus, not really. You are correct, everything is lumped under covid. I know of two people who died from motorcycle crashes, one in SD and another in FL. Since both tested positive for covid when brought to the hospitals, covid was listed as cause of death.

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