Rapid Ride Transit driver tests positive for COVID-19


RAPID CITY, S.D. — Mayor Steve Allender has issued a statement on the Rapid Ride driver positive COVID-19 case.

In a statement, Mayor Allender said, “We were notified by the State Department of Health at 9 a.m. this morning that a driver within our Rapid Transit System (RTS) had tested positive for COVID-19.  City officials have been working with State Health officials on this specific case and have determined the time lines for which the driver may have been able to transmit the virus to others.  RTS Manager Megan Gould indicates the driver was wearing a face mask and followed established social distancing and hygiene protocols during his drive times.”

Allender also said, “City officials will continue to work with the State Department of Health on this matter.  The State Department of Health has shared the possible exposure time lines as well as reiterated the COVID-19 risk factors, symptoms and the protocols that should be followed by the public.”

Allender capped off his release saying, “Rapid Transit System officials indicate the public transportation system will continue to operate its RapidRide and Dial-a-Ride bus systems with no suspensions in service planned.  All RTS employees are continuing to follow social distancing and hygiene protocols.”

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health has issued a potential exposure warning for Rapid Transit riders who may have used the bus service last Saturday, May 9, and Monday, May 11.

A Rapid Ride driver who worked those days has since tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The individual worked while being able to transmit the virus to others on the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 9th; 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
    • Rapid Ride Jefferson Route
  • Monday, May 11th; 1:20 p.m. -5:50 p.m.
    • Rapid Ride Washington Route

Due to the risk of exposure, customers who used public transportation or visited the business during these dates should monitor their symptoms for the next 14 days. If they start to exhibit symptoms, they should contact their medical provider.

A CDC screening tool is available here. You can also visit South Dakota’s COVID-19 website.

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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