Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Yankton

PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced today that an employee at the Yankton Walmart Pharmacy has tested positive COVID-19. The employee reported working two days, March 25 and March 30, while able to transmit the virus to others.

Due to the risk of exposure, customers of the pharmacy on March 25 who visited between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm should monitor themselves for symptoms through April 8. In addition, customers who visited the pharmacy on March 30 between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm should monitor themselves for symptoms through April 13. 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.