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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving South Dakota Newsletter for Sunday March 22, 2020 ( 16 items )  

American Coalition for Ethanol Alerts Trump Administration and Congress Economic Stimulus Will Be Needed Amid COVID-19 Market Fallout
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 19 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S., threatening American lives and adversely impacting the nation's economy, the transportation fuel sector will be especially hard hit. Declines in consumer gasoline use will shrink demand for corn ethanol. In response to the economic turmoil being felt by its members, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings released th  more

Races on Hold But Training Goes on for Sanford Triathlete
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 20 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: With more at stake in the game than most, Sanford Sports Science Institute intern Tony Smoragiewicz has watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold on a world scale with the potential to continually impact his opportunities to fulfill a longtime dream. In addition to working with SSSI, Smoragiewicz, a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering, is a professional triathlete who aspires to make   more

Renewable Fuels Coalition Launches Campaign Calling for EPA Not to Appeal 10th Circuit Decision
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 19 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following news: With the need for a decision only days away, the coalition that successfully won a unanimous court decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continued its call for the agency to not appeal the decision by launching a new social media campaign aimed at encouraging policymakers and the EPA to do the right thing. Click here for a video created by the four associations to drive this   more

Sanford Health: Blood Donations Needed During COVID-19 Pandemic
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 18 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Every week, the Community Blood Bank based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, needs 500 units of blood to meet the demands of hospitals in parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, including many Sanford Health hospitals. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 blood drives have been canceled in the past 10 days. Normally these drives get hosted at businesses, churches or other community spaces. Closures at some of   more

Sanford Health: Canceling Public Events for Public Health
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 17 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: With the well-being of communities the foremost concern, Sanford Health has canceled or postponed many events in recent days. While disappointing in many cases, these measures adhere to those recommended by public health officials. Social distancing and responsible event management help reduce the overall number of infected people, as the United States has learned from other countries with COVID-19 outbreaks. By s  more

Sanford Health: Child Care Cooperative Offered to Health Care Providers
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 21 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Sanford Health, along with the city of Sioux Falls, Avera and several non-profit community partners are collaborating to offer child care options for health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. By calling (605) 338-8061, qualifying parents can schedule child care for children ages 4 weeks to through 13 years through the Child Care Cooperative. The phone line will be answered between 8 a.  more

Sanford Health: COVID-19 FAQs - Are Pregnant Women 'High Risk'?
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 21 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: There are so many unknowns with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, including the potential risk among expectant mothers. The CDC put out interim guidelines March 16 on pregnancy, breastfeeding and potential risks to mom or baby. Doctors and medical researchers are still learning about the effects of this new virus. Dr. Amy Kelley, an OB/GYN with Sanford Women's in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, says there just isn't a l  more

Sanford Health: COVID-19 FAQs - Who Gets Tested?
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 19 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Members of the public are getting the message: Call your doctor or clinic if you think you have novel coronavirus. It's important to call ahead if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You might be told to recover at home so you don't make other people sick. Now Sanford Health clinics are getting calls from people with colds or other upper respiratory illnesses asking for a doctor's note and a negative COVID-19 test bef  more

Sanford Health: COVID-19 FAQs: How Can I Tell If I Have Coronavirus?
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 16 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and a dry cough. A sore throat, a headache and shortness of breath are other common elements. As anyone who has ever suffered through a common cold or a flu can tell you, those ailments share traits with COVID-19. So how can you tell the difference whether you're just getting sick with a cold -- or carrying the virus that is part of a worldwide pandemic? No. 1, acco  more

Sanford Health: COVID-19 Prompts a Call to Help Those Most Affected
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 20 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: A lot of people need help during the coronavirus pandemic, and there are a lot of ways to help them out. On Tuesday, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announced the establishment of the One Sioux Falls Fund to help local residents impacted by COVID-19 in the Sioux Falls area. Set up in conjunction with the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, it was a call to focus on the public health of the community and target  more

Sanford Health: Good Samaritan Focuses on Safety and Well-Being of Residents
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 21 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, officials with The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society have focused nearly all of their attention on COVID-19, since the novel virus targets the elderly. Because there's no cure, preventing exposure becomes crucial in limiting the spread. Safety for residents and workers "Eighty percent of the population has mild to no symptoms, making those individuals re  more

Sanford Health: How the Society Keeps Seniors Active While Keeping Them Safe
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 17 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Social distancing is especially challenging when you've been encouraging older adults to be social. Greg Johnson, M.D., chief medical officer of The Evangelical Good Samaritan Society, says it wasn't easy to decide to restrict residents from their loved ones and limit internal activities and events. Last week, Sanford Health with the Good Samaritan Society set restrictions at nursing homes and long-term care facil  more

Sanford Health: Prevention Helps Keep South Dakota COVID-19 Cases Low
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 18 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the United States and world. Each person is feeling an impact in one way or another. So far, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and state medical experts in South Dakota said the state is "in a good spot." Working together Because the state and health care systems have been proactive in preparing for the novel virus, there is no community spread in South Dakota, Noem s  more

South Dakota Biotech Association: Biotech Industry - We're Coming Together to Fight COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 21 -- The South Dakota Biotech Association issued the following news release: America's biopharmaceutical companies are coming together and leveraging decades-long investments in research and treatments to swiftly fight COVID-19. "Our industry has come together in an unprecedented way to direct all possible resources at this pandemic," said Joni Johnson, executive director of South Dakota Biotech. "We hope that our South Dakota biotech community and our broade  more

South Dakota Biotech Association: SAB Delays Location at USD Discovery District to Focus on COVID-19
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 16 -- The South Dakota Biotech Association issued the following news release: SAB Biotherapeutics, a Sioux Falls immunotherapy company rapidly working to develop a therapeutic specific to COVID-19, announced it is delaying its planned development at the USD Discovery District for at least one year. The company is working on both a test for COVID-19 as well as what could become the first therapeutic developed specifically to treat the disease. "As the result of  more

South Dakota Biotech Association: Sioux Falls Company Developing Potential Treatment for Coronavirus
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, March 16 -- The South Dakota Biotech Association issued the following news release: SAB Biotherapeutics, a Sioux Falls clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that developed a first-of-its-kind therapeutic approach, is rapidly working to develop what its CEO said could be the first treatment specifically designed to target the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. SAB's DiversitAb(TM) platform, which leverages genetically designed   more