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Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Two Walmart Locations in Sioux Falls





NEWS RELEASE

April 13, 2020

Contact: Derrick Haskins; DOH Communications Director

 

Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Two Walmart Locations in Sioux Falls

 

PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced Monday, April 13, that two separate employees at two different Walmart locations in Sioux Falls have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals reported working while able to transmit the virus to others.

 

An employee in the electronics department at Walmart #3237 on Arrowhead Parkway in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 through April 7 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-5 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 – 4 pm-10 pm
  • Monday, April 6 – 5 pm-10 pm
  • Tuesday, April 7 – 5 pm-10 pm


A separate individual and employee who works as a cashier at Walmart #2443 on S. Minnesota Ave in Sioux Falls reported working April 4 and April 5 while able to transmit the virus. The employee worked during these times:

  • Saturday, April 4 – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sunday, April 5 – 10 am-7 pm

 

Due to the risk of exposure, customers who visited these Walmart locations during the specified dates should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the date they visited. A CDC screening tool is available at COVID.SD.GOV, which can help recommend when to call your medical provider if you develop symptoms.

 

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.

 

For more information and updates related to COVID-19 visit the COVID.SD.GOV or CDC.gov or call 1-800-997-2880.

 

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