Coronavirus has impact on local area

The COVID-19 coronavirus has already had an impact on our community even though no cases have yet been reported. Schools are closed this week per Governor Noem’s orders, Silver Threads and Avera Rosebud Country Care Center are not allowing any visitors, the hospital is only allowing one visitor per patient at a time, and local residents have cleared the shelves all over town of hand sanitizer.

COVID-19 is only one of several corona viruses (COrona VIrus Disease-2019). Other corona viruses that have made headlines include MERS-Co-V, which causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), SARS-CoV, which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and SARS-Co-V-2, also known as COVID-19.

Area businesses are taking precautions, wiping door handles, pens, and other surfaces that people frequently touch with disinfectant wipes. Dollar General and Buche Foods are working to keep shelves stocked, especially as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes fly off the shelves. Kristi Drey, manager of Dollar General, asks for understanding from customers. She has had employees pull carts of product from the back room to insure that all of the highdemand products make it out into the store, but some products are temporarily out of stock.


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