Potential COVID-19 exposure at two Sioux Falls businesses

PIERRE, S.D. — Two Sioux Falls businesses may be the root of possible COVID-19 exposures. The South Dakota Department of Health says two separate employees worked while able to transmit the virus.

An employee at the Get-n-Go #20 at W. 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, reported working April 4 through April 6 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Saturday, April 4 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5 – 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6 – 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

A separate individual employed at Lewis Drug at 37th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls reported working April 5 through April 6 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Sunday, April 5 – 10 am-6 pm
  • Monday, April 6 – 9 am-6:30 pm

Due to the risk of being exposed to the virus, the customers who visited the locations during the aforementioned times should monitor their symptoms for 14 days after they visited.

The state Department of Health says they continue to monitor the spike of COVID-19 cases in Minnehaha County. Governor Kristi Noem said Friday, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon will declare a public health emergency in Minnehaha County.

A CDC screening tool is located here.

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.

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