A number of Speedy Transit drivers check optimistic for COVID-19, system to close down for 2 weeks

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Speedy Metropolis Mayor Steve Allender held a information briefing Wednesday afternoon to deal with town’s response to the neighborhood unfold of COVID-19.

Allender mentioned the instances have gone up by 100-percent previously week within the space. He mentioned it seems there may be neighborhood unfold of COVID-19, and the virus appears to be hitting the Native American inhabitants onerous.

He says the instances in Pennington County have doubled previously week, so looking forward to the longer term is hard with COVID-19.

The state beforehand reported two Speedy Transit drivers who examined optimistic for COVID-19. Allender says a 3rd driver has examined optimistic. He says drivers who’ve examined optimistic haven’t had contact with one another.

The mayor mentioned the Speedy Transit System will probably be shut down on Saturday, Might 30, for 2 weeks. Allender says it will enable for deep cleansing of buses and gear. He says drivers will probably be monitoring themselves for signs.

Individuals who depend on Speedy Transit System and want rides through the subsequent two weeks are suggested to name 211 for an inventory of different choices.

Buses will return to service on June 15. Allender says drivers can have higher private safety gear (PPE) when the service returns.

Speedy Transit System is at present making workers sanitize buses, put on masks and clear different gear. The system is wanting to herald one other firm to do a extra thorough cleansing through the shutdown.

The drivers who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 are mentioned to be doing nicely. At this level, no riders have reported coming down with the virus. The state Division of Well being is doing the contact tracing of the bus drivers.

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Allender says individuals must take private duty to maintain themselves wholesome.

“You concentrate on defending your self,” Allender mentioned.

The mayor says it’s time to house out and observe social distancing. He reminded the general public to not shake fingers with anybody and canopy your faces whereas coughing or sneezing.

Allender says Speedy Metropolis will begin doing a little localized monitoring of instances.

He says he has requested the South Dakota Division of Well being for assist in find out how to deal with vacationers who check optimistic whereas visiting the Black Hills space.

Allender says vacationers are going to return to South Dakota this summer time. He doesn’t consider they pose any better risk than anybody else.

“We’re a spot individuals love to go to,” Mayor Allender mentioned.

Allender says there may be an emergency shelter that’s housing lower than a dozen individuals proper now. A few of these individuals have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and people persons are remoted. He says the numbers of individuals needing to remain there goes up and down by a couple of every day; there’s no actual sample.

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