Rapid City to consider “emergency regulation action” amid COVID-19 concerns

RAPID CITY, S.D. – City officials are considering potential preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota.

According to the Governor’s office, the state’s Public Health Laboratory continues to run high-priority tests on Friday. The South Dakota Department of Health’s website will reflect updated COVID-19 case numbers by 11 a.m. MT on Saturday.

The latest numbers, released Thursday afternoon, show 14 positive and 663 negative results. 270 tests still are pending. The three newest cases are tied to Beadle County but only two patients report recent travel. State officials say they are still investigating to determine if the third case is due to travel or community spread.

While the state fears community spread, local officials continue to consider building closures and limits on social gatherings.

On Friday, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said, “It seems more likely that the state or local level in South Dakota will fall in line and take some of the more drastic precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Allender says on Friday afternoon, city attorneys from across the state will be discussing possible “emergency regulation action” on a local level. In a Thursday update, Allender said city officials were “waiting for evidence of community spread” before making any decisions on placing limits on bars, restaurants, or gatherings exceeding 10 people.

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