Potential COVID-19 exposure at Two Walmart locations in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. — Two Walmart employees in separate locations in Sioux Falls may have exposed customers to COVID-19.
South Dakota Department of Health officials announced Monday, April 13, that two Walmart employees from separate stores have tested positive for the coronavirus. The individuals reported working while able to transmit the virus to others.
An employee in the electronics department at Walmart #3237 on Arrowhead Parkway in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 through April 7 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:
- Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-5 pm
- Sunday, April 5 – 4 pm-10 pm
- Monday, April 6 – 5 pm-10 pm
- Tuesday, April 7 – 5 pm-10 pm
A separate individual and employee who works as a cashier at Walmart #2443 on S. Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 and April 5 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:
- Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-7 pm
- Sunday, April 5 – 10 am-7 pm
A CDC screening tool is available 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.