Potential COVID-19 exposure at Rapid City business

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Department of Health officials announced Friday that an employee of a Rapid City business has tested positive for COVID-19.

An employee of Blue Lantern Lounge, located at 1200 E. Saint Patrick Street, tested positive for the virus. The employee worked during the below specified times while able to transmit the virus to others.

  • 5 pm, May 27th through 1:30 am, May 28th

Due to the risk of exposure, customers that visited the business during the specified times should self monitor their symptoms for 14 days after the date they visited the business.

A U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention or (CDC) screening tool is available here or you can visit the State’s COVID-19 website. These tools will help to monitor for potential symptoms of COVID-19.

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 their risk of exposure.

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.
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