Defining the meaning of “community spread” of COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As COVID-19 continues to spread, a key threshold for state and local leaders when it comes to decision making is “community spread.”

So what does that mean?

Recently we learned a man from New York was here on a business trip, not knowing he had the virus.

He spent time at Security First Bank, where several employees would later find out they were exposed.

So, some have asked, if one of the exposed workers were to test positive, would the cause of spread be via travel or community spread?

One doctor from Monument Health gives us a deeper understanding of the difference.

“Travel is defined as when you’re coming from another area that has known cases and you bring it to the community,” Dr. Shankar Kurra, the VP of Medical Affairs at Monument Health in Rapid City said. “Community spread is when you don’t know the source, you know they didn’t travel so you’ve ruled that out and you don’t know the source.”

As of now we have yet to hear of any confirmed cases in the west river area of South Dakota or community spread statewide.

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