COVID-19 in South Dakota
We Will Get Through This
With the COVID-19 situation changing rapidly, it's hard to predict what tomorrow may bring. With the help of healthcare providers, schools, leaders, businesses and communities across the state we are taking proactive steps to reduce the spread of the virus. Together, we will get through this.
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Top Questions About COVID-19
The Department of Health will issue a public health notice when an employee or patron of a business is unable to identify persons they were in close contact with (15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less) while able to transmit the virus. Public notices allow individuals who may have been exposed to monitor their symptoms regularly and help them more quickly associate that their symptoms may be due to COVID-19. When a business has a case, even if transmission is identified among employees, the Department of Health does not issue a public notice if all close contacts can be identified.
A person is considered recovered when they have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use medicine that reduces fevers), AND there has been improvement of symptoms (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved), AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is being tested for COVID-19, you should follow the instructions found here. A close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease like COVID-19. Isolation is for people who are already sick. Isolation separates and restricts the movement of the sick individual so they can’t spread the disease. Quarantine is for people who are not sick but may have been exposed. Quarantined individual must stay at home or another location so they don’t unknowingly spread the disease to others. For more information about isolation and quarantine, click here.
Masks have never been required, but South Dakotans are encouraged to continue to consider CDC guidance and use.
There is no way to ensure zero risk of COVID-19 infection for individuals in their day-to-day lives. The risk of an activity depends on many factors, such as level of COVID-19 spread in your community, whether you or people you live with are at greater risk of serious illness because of age or pre-existing health conditions, how many people are involved in the event or activity, and whether physical distancing (at least 6 feet) is possible. For more information on things individuals should consider for social activities during COVID-19, click here