SD Department of Health urging protesters to be cautious during COVID-19 pandemic
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As protesters convene in Rapid City and across the country, South Dakota Department of Health officials are urging them to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of the virus. Spread happens most frequently when people are within six feet from each other.
With protests planned in Rapid City and across the state, the health department is asking people to do their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Wherever individuals congregate, there is the risk for transmission of COVID-19 from an infected person who is susceptible and that individual should take appropriate precaution,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, the South Dakota Epidemiologist.
Dr. Clayton says to wear a mask and maintain the six-foot social distance if near crowds.