After spike in illness, Rapid City Mayor recommends public limit trips to City facilities

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is recommending that the public limit their visits to City buildings after a spike in COVID and seasonal illness cases.

“We are seeing a fast increase in both the number of cases of COVID-19, influenza, and other illnesses in the area, as well as illnesses and absences among City employees,” said Mayor Allender. “At this point, we want to issue an advisory to the public to consider limiting visits to City facilities and exposure to employees.”

Allender says that positive cases within City departments have gone from “a few individuals to a few dozen.”

In addition to wearing face masks and social distancing, the City recommends the following precautions:

  • Utility bills can be paid online or by using the night depository on the west side of the City Hall facility;
  • Utilize drive-through and online services at the Rapid City Public Library;
  • File applications or register for activities online;
  • Call or e-mail City departments to have questions or issues addressed;
  • Call and set up appointments with City staff to pick up permits or drop off building plans;
  • Purchase tickets for events online;
  • Continue to observe COVID restrictions at Rapid City Regional Airport.

Pennington County has seen an average daily increase in COVID cases over the last two weeks. Since early January, average daily cases reported have jumped from just under 100 cases in the county, to just over 300.

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