As area health officials brace for a potential new COVID-19 wave fueled by the Delta variant, they must also keep an eye on the human resources that would be mobilized again to deal with the issue.

This was pointed out during a media briefing by Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (ASHH) officials Monday as they discussed preparations for the next possible surge, which seems to be building throughout the region. (South Dakota saw more than 1,000 new cases Tuesday, the biggest jump since last December.) They acknowledged what their health-care workers have dealt with, particularly during the surge that hit hard late last year.

“Our staff has experience now and is prepared for this, but they’re also still really impacted by what they saw the first time around,” said Nathan Johnson, Communications & Public Relations Partner at ASHH. “There was an amount of tragedy and, honestly, death (that) nurses saw in that short time period that many nurses haven’t seen in their whole career. We’re very cognizant of that and the concern that employees have going into this again, so we’re trying to provide all of the resources we can to make sure our staff stays healthy and strong.”

The past several months, we’ve heard many stories about what doctors, nurses and first responders had to deal with during the 2020 COVID surge. It was a constant battle not only against the virus but also with the enormous stresses of dealing with sickness and death while also worrying about their own health and loved ones in the face of a global pandemic.

A study released by the University of Utah last January indicated that more than 50% of doctors, nurses and other emergency personnel involved in COVID-19 care may be at risk for mental health problems such as acute traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol use and insomnia.

It’s important to keep this in mind now should another wave of COVID come, as it currently appears.

One plus this time around is that the workers and health officials likely have a better idea of what to expect. It may be hard to think of that as a positive, but health officials would seem to be in a better position to help personnel deal with issues that may arise. The road is not so new this time.

We cannot say enough about the job these health professionals have done during the pandemic, especially in the far more uncertain days before the arrival of vaccines. And we cannot thank them enough for what they faced amid the sickness, death, fear and isolation. They were as much on the front line as a soldier in any war, and they were fighting for us.

These caregivers deserve the best care possible if their mental health becomes a casualty of the demands of the pandemic. Here’s hoping health organizations are prepared to help them, just as those professionals are prepared to help us.


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Oh, Kelly, I adore you, but you just won’t go the whole way will you? Our health officials are at risk. No question.

But the main problem is that so many folks won’t take the vaccine. Isn’t it?

Everything else is peripheral.

Until we take this seriously many people will die unnecessarily. And the pandemic will be victorious over a divided America.

Can’t you write about this?


“Across the United States, hospitals have been transformed into murder factories where people are falsely “diagnosed” with covid via a fraudulent PCR test, then put on miscalibrated, made-in-China ventilators that blow out their lungs and kill them.

Safe and effective medical interventions that actually save lives among covid victims — such as ivermectin — are strictly prohibited in nearly every hospital in the country, obviously as part of a malicious medical scheme to exterminate as many patients as possible to drive up the “pandemic” death numbers.”

Dr. Tenpenny

Tin Foil Fred



Ivermectin is the active ingredient in my dog’s heart worm pill. It is not going to save you from Covid.


Hey Bucko, Once again we see a poorly developed "vaccine" causing the jabbed to increase the severity of the illness AND create more mutations. Herd immunity would have been the best thing for everyone fighting an illness with .06% mortality rate, but no... you idiots who took the bait are actually the ones putting everyone at risk. Wow.

Dont you tire of getting owned yet?


Stop with the hand-holding. We have a Delta variant because people have been duped into thinking the vaccine is going to get them. Now people don't want to wear masks and socially distance. TIred of being told what to do? Go live in a cabin in the woods and survive as an individual. Want to live as part of a functioning society? Then do your part.


Yeah... our loving government agencies would never do anything to cause us harm. (ahem)

Tin Foil Fred


Gimmy A. Breake

Smart folks ignore Abe - his madness is boring.

His demented haranguing sets them to snoring.

But I always listen, time after time.

His singular pathos inspires each rhyme.


Please get back to me after you view this.


Once again your sources are all BS.

The video about COVID being a bio-weapon blah blah blah is given by Dr Michael McDowell. Dr. McDowell has an “Earned” Doctorate in Theology (Th.D.) 2001; A Master’s Degree in Theology (M.Th.) 1999.

This doctor has managed to put all Covid conspiracy into less than 30 minutes presentation. Do you ever have ANYTHING credible to add or more of just crazy conspiracy theories?????

Jolly Roger

In his usually understated modesty, Abe forgot to mention that Dr. Tenpenny was among the first to reveal how vaccines make us magnetic and are connected to 5G, the next-generation cellular technology at the heart of this dastardly coronavirus conspiracy.

This is what Abe finds when he “Does the Research.”

As the name of this esteemed osteopath suggests, “You get what you pay for.”

And - as always - we get great entertainment from the Press & Dakotan’s court jester.


You really think it's funny, dont you? I must insert my tagline here: You just wait. You'll be sorry.

Jolly Roger

I’m already sorry, Abe.

The misinformation and conspiracies that you and many others traffic in so readily are resulting in the death of many thousands of Americans.

Yet all you can say is, “Just you wait.”

And wait we will. Until enough of you anti-vaxxers die. Or see the light. Whichever comes first.

In the meantime the rest of us have to hope that our scientists can develop vaccines to deal with the covid mutations that your willful ignorance allows.


Once again, Abe “Has Done the Research.”

According the Anti-Defamation League. “Under the guise of anti-censorship and free speech, video-hosting service BitChute has become a hotbed for violent, conspiratorial and hate-filled video propaganda, and a recruiting ground for extremists.”



Would you please comment on the content? I know it's hard for you to handle facts, but just give it a try. It's only 20 minutes of your time.

BTW, its equally as simple to refute much of what you claim, too, but at least I examine the content.

Friedrich Farmer

Abe, why would Ms. Truth Fairy spend her time on the content of any of your thoroughly discredited sources?

And you take them seriously because they're the only alternative you have to the government, the science community, the medical establishment and all the other sources YOU think are thoroughly discredited.

It’s a “Mexican standoff” - a confrontation in which neither party has a strategy with a way to achieve victory.

And because of this, hundreds of thousands of Americans are dying


Still nothing. I guess the truth is finally getting through the propaganda tube.


That's the equivalent of saying that everything on Google is fake because the Fact Checkers get it wrong too often.

Have you watched the video yet? I'll assume you have since you've not been able to refute the information. Please, come out and play!


"It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance."


Abe, you know you can find sources that will make convincing arguments disproving everything in every link you post. Same is true for anything I might post.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they're wrong, but some 35% of America opposes and disbelieves everything that another 35% of America believes and vice versa. And maybe the rest are waiting to be convinced or don’t give a sh*t.

So the internet is there to reinforce everything everybody believes and rack up as many clicks as possible.

You know all the controversies, but I don’t care about them. I’m just trying to stay alive while everyone gaslights each other.

That’s why I care about the body counts,

The important numbers to me are that US death statistics show at least 572,000 more people died in 2020 than 2019.

So the Pandemic is not a hoax.

And now our hospitals are being overwhelmed by unvaccinated people.

To me everything else is just background noise that will have to get sorted out by the historians.


At the end of the day, those who took the jab are not much better off than the rest of us. They can still get covid, spread covid and suffer from covid - but it's much easier to endure.

On the other hand, those who avoid taking an experimental dose of the gene-editing bioweapon may get covid, may spread covid, may suffer covid, etc. However, we share no risk of death from the jab, making it much easier to endure.


FDA and CDC confess: they had no virus when they concocted the test for the virus; they “contrived” a model by pretending to find what they wanted to find; it’s called a self-fulfilling prophecy

This is the con and the crime that drove millions of lives, and economies, into ruin.

And now, even with all of these lies being exposed, the pro vax crowd continues to swallow it hook, line and sinker. I'll never understand your levels of gullibility.

Gimmy A. Breake

Hospitals (or “murder factories”) as Abe often claims

are a “malicious scheme” with nefarious aims

to “exterminate as many” as time allows

So take “Ivermectin” along with your 🐄 cows.🐄

Old Hugh

Abe, I’d love to see a response to Truth Fairy’s central question.

This to me - since you have no answer - is the reason everything you say seems untethered to America’s deadly reality.

She says, “US death statistics show at least 572,000 more people died in 2020 than 2019. So the Pandemic is not a hoax.

And now our hospitals are being overwhelmed by unvaccinated people.”

How can you deny this?

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