COVID-19: Rapid City Mayor provides update regarding city action.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender provided another update, Saturday, regarding the situation of COVID-19 within the community.
“Today, we are weighing any benefit of a government-ordered closure, at the local level, for Rapid City specifically, given the fact that other communities are not doing the same,” Allender said.
Rapid City officials continue to assess the situation surrounding COVID-19 in South Dakota and say large scale closures will not happen until there is evidence of community spread.
“The government’s role in this issue is under constant question and scrutiny,” he says. “Whether too much or too little action is thought to occur and the right decision to some is certainly the wrong decision for others.”
According to the South Dakota Department of Health, the 14 cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota have been linked to travel outside of the state.
Allender says social distancing is ‘vital’ to stopping the spread in the community. He recommends not going to areas where a six-foot barrier of space isn’t an option or where hundreds of people could congregate in a given day. But Allender says that one of the most important aspect is to keep calm.
“I hope you don’t see or believe that a delayed response to take action, government action, is a symptom of indecisiveness on our part,” he said. “There are many factors to consider here and we’re taking a deliberative approach with pros and cons and getting advice from a number of professionals in the field to determine what our actions at this point should be, if anything.”
Rapid City has moved all information surrounding COVID-19 to one place on their website. Public access to City Hall will close Monday, March 23.