Important Reminders to Minimize Virus Spread

As we move into the weekend, the City of Sioux Falls is reminding residents and visitors to continue exercising good judgment and do their part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“Every single person in Sioux Falls has a role to play in slowing the spread of this virus, which is our top priority,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Over the weekend, and in the coming days, I urge the public to make smart decisions and to limit their time in public as much as possible. Now is not a time to panic or hoard supplies. Rather, we need to be vigilant and optimistic that our united efforts will save lives.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 are those over the age of 60 and those with underlying chronic health conditions. While all residents should practice social distancing, it is especially important for individuals who meet this criteria or cohabitate with someone in these categories to social distance.

“Our goal is to slow the spread of this disease,” said Jill Franken, City Health Director. “With social distancing, we can minimize spread. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider immediately.”

With the closure of school, parents and guardians are reminded that students also need to practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

If you develop symptoms:

  • Call your health care provider immediately and tell them about any recent travel or exposure.
  • Individuals who are concerned that 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.

A list of symptoms can be found at

Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Health Department would like to remind people to take the same measures that health care providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.

For questions, please call the South Dakota COVID-19 Information line at 1-800-997-2880.

For more information on COVID-19 in South Dakota, please visit

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