During his Monday morning briefing on the COVID-19 crisis, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said, “This is crunch time." While flattening the curve TenHaken said hospitals are up against the ceiling with patient capacity.

The Mayor's plan to move our city into stay-at-home status was pulled back and now will concentrate on working with the largest numbers of people who are gathering. The Sioux Falls City Council will meet Tuesday for more discussion.

After additional information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the weekend, TenHaken says the city will make recommendations for businesses on how to visually screen shoppers in business and do that in a nondiscriminatory fashion.

While the hospitalization rate remains low the latest numbers show 50 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Health officials say 43 of those were in Minnehaha County and five in Lincoln County.

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