Potential COVID-19 Exposures

The South Dakota Department of Health this weekend announced several cases of possible public exposure to COVID19 in the state.  First, in Rapid City, a transit driver has tested positive for the virus. The driver worked two days while contagious, including Saturday May 9th on the Rapid Ride Jefferson Route and Monday May 11 on the Rapid Ride Washington Route. Another one at a motel in Rapid City – the Super 8 on Tower Road. That individual worked April 29th and 30th, as well as May 2nd 3rd and 4th. The third case is from Aberdeen – a bar patron who visited two bars while contagious Saturday, May 9th. Those are the Lager Bar and the Zoo Bar.  Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to the virus is asked to self monitor for symptoms for two weeks, and to call their health care provider if they think they do have symptoms. Details below are from the South Dakota Department of Health.

State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a patron of Lager’s Inn and the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual visited the establishments while able to transmit the virus to others on the evening of Saturday, May 9th during the following times:

  • Lager’s Inn Bar
    • 7:30 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
  • The Zoo Bar
    • 10:50 p.m.- 2 a.m.

 State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a Rapid Ride Transit driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual worked while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates:

  • Saturday, May 9th; 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
    • Rapid Ride Jefferson Route
  • Monday, May 11th; 1:20 p.m. -5:50 p.m.
    • Rapid Ride Washington Route

State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that an employee at Super 8 on 2520 Tower Road in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual worked while able to transmit the virus to others during these dates and times:

•  Wednesday, April 29th – 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

•  Thursday, April 30th – 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

•  Saturday, May 2nd – 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.

•  Sunday, May 3rd  – 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. and 11 p.m- midnight

•  Monday, May 4th – 12 a.m.- 7 a.m.

Due to the risk of exposure, customers who visited this location 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 COVID.SD.GOV or CDC.gov or call 1-800-997-2880.

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