Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Two Walmart Locations in Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced Monday, April 13, that two separate employees at two different Walmart locations in Sioux Falls have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals reported working while able to transmit the virus to others.

An employee in the electronics department at Walmart #3237 on Arrowhead Parkway in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 through April 7 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-5 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 – 4 pm-10 pm
  • Monday, April 6 – 5 pm-10 pm
  • Tuesday, April 7 – 5 pm-10 pm

A separate individual and employee who works as a cashier at Walmart #2443 on S. Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 and April 5 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 – 10 am-7 pm

Due to the risk of exposure, customers who visited these Walmart locations during the specified dates should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the date they visited. A CDC screening tool is available at COVID.SD.GOV, which can help recommend when to call your medical provider if you develop symptoms.

State Health officials remind all South Dakotans to:

·        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.

·        Refrain 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 develop symptoms:

·        Call your health care provider immediately.

·        Individuals who are concerned 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.

For more information and updates related to COVID-19 visit the COVID.SD.GOV or CDC.gov or call 1-800-997-2880.

Press release from the South Dakota Department of Health

Sabrina Halvorson

Sabrina is the anchor and reporter for the Dakota News Network, as well as digital director and farm broadcaster for American Ag Radio Network. She travels a lot for the network and enjoys sharing stories and photos from the road - and sometimes the road of life.

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