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Posted on: March 16, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: The City of Brookings Continues to Take Measures to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Newsflash update 03-16-2020

Brookings, S.D. – As of right now, there are no positive confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brookings County. The City of Brookings, in collaboration with community partners, continues to take measures to prevent the possible introduction and spread of the virus in the community.

As of March 15th, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a release recommending postponement or cancellation of large events or gatherings consisting of 50 people or more throughout the United States. The City of Brookings asks that members of our community recognize the CDC guidelines, and is urging individuals with underlying health conditions and high-risk populations take extra precautionary measures, including the practice of social distancing and proper hand hygiene.

In response to CDC recommendations, the City has decided to implement the following measures:

  • The Brookings Work Session that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 has now been canceled.
  • All City of Brookings volunteer board, committee, and commission meetings scheduled from March 16th through March 22nd have been canceled. Meetings may be rescheduled at a later date.
  • All Brookings Parks, Recreation, and Forestry events from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 22nd have been canceled. All Park and Rec facilities will also be closed during that time.
  • The Brookings Public Library facilities are closed Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 22nd. All library-sponsored programs, classes, and events are also canceled during that time.
  • Please visit www.swiftelcenter.com for an updated listing of all postponed and canceled Swiftel Center events.
  • All future City of Brookings closings will be evaluated and determined by March 19th.

Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett will be making a statement later today.

The City understands that cancellations and closures affect our community; however, there is a substantial amount of evidence showing that isolating and minimizing social contact can assist in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.

Current recommendations and restrictions are subject to change. Please continue to follow City of Brookings social media platforms as well as www.cityofbrookings.org for Coronavirus updates or download our newest platform Engage Brookings by visiting www.engagebrookings.com

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