SD Dept. of Health: No hot spot, no additional cases connected to Rapid City Walmart
PIERRE, S.D. – Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Pennington County Tuesday morning, bringing the county’s total over 30. Pennington has seen a recent spike in cases over the last several days but officials say there are no hot spots that have been identified in the county.
Since Monday, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board confirmed 16 positive COVID-19 test results in the last week. Seven were confirmed on Saturday alone.
One positive result was identified as an employee of the Lacrosse Street Walmart in Rapid City. According to the state Department of Health, there have been no known cases of someone testing positive in connection to the employee.
Public concerns of exposure in Rapid City have been circulating on social media, but officials say public notices would be issued for any instance where all potential exposures cannot be identified.
“During the course of our disease investigations, those who are identified as close contacts of a positive case are notified,” said Communications Director for the South Dakota Department of Health, Derrick Haskins. “At this time, there is no need for a public notice in the Rapid City area.”
Pennington County cases sit at 32 as of Tuesday morning. One week ago, Pennington County reported 16 coronavirus cases. Though the number of cases in the county have doubled in a week, state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says there are no hot spots identified in the county.
The state has only identified hot spots in the eastern portion of South Dakota.