UPDATE: Public not taking COVID-19 seriously, Rapid City mayor says

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — “We were a week late,” for taking action to limit the spread of COVID-19, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said during a media briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Allender said there is clear evidence this is the time to take action on a personal, organizational and governmental level.  

He pointed out the one new positive COVID-19 case in Meade County reported on Wednesday, while saying we didn’t get detailed stories on the new cases across the state

He says ambulances are doing screenings on potential COVID-19 patients and there are additional efforts to keep first responders health underway. 

Allender says it seems the public is just not taking this seriously enough as people are defying social distancing recommendations.  

He says the most responsible thing you can do is keep six feet of space between yourself and others. 

The Rapid City Council will hold a special session on Friday for a second reading of an ordinance designed to keep crowds from gathering.  


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