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Posted on: March 13, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: City of Brookings Prepares for Coronavirus

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Brookings, S.D. – The City of Brookings is taking immediate steps to combat the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19.

As of right now, there have been no cases of the Coronavirus confirmed in Brookings County, but the Brookings community is being urged to take precautions to limit any potential exposure and spread.

The city is urging residents to take a proactive approach by following preventative disease spreading measures. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that individuals take the following steps to protect themselves and others:

  • Clean/Wash your hands often and stop handshaking
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you have a sick family member
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick to prevent the spread of the virus (If you are not sick, do not wear a face mask unless you are caring for an infected individual.)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing. Consider postponing large meetings and gatherings. Utilize videoconferencing for when possible
  • Prepare a plan and talk with people who need to be included in your plan. This may include your place of business, household members, relatives, and friends. Discuss what you will do if the virus reaches your community, household, or place of work. The CDC has put together an informational webpage that can help to guide you in your planning session - what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community (
  • Avoid non-essential travel

The CDC has identified a group of individuals who are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. They include:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    - Heart disease
    - Diabetes
    - Lung disease

Within the City of Brookings, the leadership team has been continuously communicating a plan of action, which ensures City officials and departments will be able to provide critical services to community members in the event that the virus reaches Brookings County. City Manager Paul Briseno says, “As an organization there are services we provide that are critical to the community, especially during defining times.”

The City of Brookings is a key partner that provides resources and local operations to assist the Brookings County Emergency Management Office in the event of a public emergency. The city has been working collaboratively with the Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) to ensure responsiveness measures are in place. Including the possible implementation of the Brookings Pandemic Influenza and infectious Diseases Response Plan. The County committee which oversees emergency response includes critical personnel from Brookings Health System, Brookings County Emergency Management, the City of Brookings, the Brookings County Chapter of the Red Cross, 3M, South Dakota State University, and faith-based/community organizations working with public health agencies.

Please visit and, or call the South Dakota Covid-19 Information line at 1-800-997-2880 for updates, resources, and information related to Novel Coronavirus Covid-19.

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