Public Health Emergency to be declared in Minnehaha County

COVID-19 cases tied to a Sioux Falls pork plant near 200

PIERRE, S.D. – A public health emergency is imminent in Sioux Falls after nearly 200 coronavirus cases are tied to a single pork plant.

Governor Kristi Noem said in a Friday morning press conference, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon will declare a public health emergency in Minnehaha County.

The 190 cases, tied to Smithfield Foods, make up a third of all COVID-19 cases in South Dakota. The state is sending resources to Sioux Falls to test people at a higher rate and stressing that having residents follow the CDC recommendations is the priority.

“We’re working with a very diverse workforce there, we’re working with community leaders and specifically working to see what we can do to make sure social distancing is happening outside the workplace,” said Noem. “The Department of Health is working with language specialists to ensure we’re communicating with all these individuals and their families.”

Under the declaration of a public health emergency, the Department of Health is able to work with the judicial system, to ensure people who test positive remain in quarantine.

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