COVID-19 Updates & Information

MARCH 31, 2020

A special City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM regarding COVID-19 Emergency Ordinances.

A.     Discussion and possible second reading of Emergency Ordinance No. 1 regarding the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 public             health crisis.

B.     Discussion and possible second reading of Emergency Ordinance No. 2 regarding the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 public             health crisis.

To view both of these emergency ordinances, please click the link below.

COVID-19 Emergency Ordinances

MARCH 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 Press Release:  CITY HALL AND OTHER CITY SERVICE BUILDINGS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, BUT SERVICES ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Aberdeen is committed to maintaining  business operations and essential services while making efforts to protect the health of City employees and slow the spread of COVID-19. City employees will continue to work during this time while exercising Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing and cleaning.  The following City facilities will be temporarily closed to the public effective immediately.  The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 exposure and reassess our dates if needed.  The City of Aberdeen echoes Governor Kristi Noem’s approach to all of us “Joining hands, working together, and taking care of each other.”

City Hall & Other City Service Buildings Are Temporarily Closed To The Public

March 27, 2020 Press Release:  Food Assistance Information for Brown County Residents

The Salvation Army and Journey Home would like to assure all residents of Brown County that those affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic will be offered food assistance. Please use the contact information listed below for details about these services. For additional services available to residents, please visit the 2-1-1 helpline. All services will be offered without discrimination.  

The Salvation Army can be reached at 605-225-7410 during regular office hours. Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. or via email at aberdeen.caseworker@usc.salvationarmy.org.

The Journey Home can be reached at 605-725-7031 during regular office hours. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. or via email at journeyhomesd@gmail.com.

March 27, 2020 Press Release:  YOUR OVERALL WELL-BEING DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES

During uncertain times, we need to be mindful of our mental health needs and overall well-being. Please follow the link below for information on how to manage stress and anxiety for you and your family. The 2-1-1 helpline can connect you with a list of mental healthcare providers in Brown County. Financial assistance is available through participating mental healthcare providers. The 2-1-1 helpline offers information for other resources such as housing, food assistance, and abuse. 2-1-1 also provides 24/7 free, confidential suicide and crisis support helplines.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

For more information about the 2-1-1 helpline visit 2-1-1 Helpline.

MARCH 26, 2020

March 26, 2020 Press Release:  At a special City Council meeting on March 25, 2020, the Aberdeen City Council adopted COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance No. 20-03-02 at First Reading.  Possible second reading and final adoption of this Ordinance will be on April 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance No. 20-03-02

MARCH 25, 2020

March 25, 2020 Press Release: Governor Kristi Noem announced on March 24, 2020 that schools in South Dakota will remain closed through May 1, 2020.  In light of this announcement, the City of Aberdeen has also decided to extend our closure dates.

The City is taking precautions to protect our community and our precautionary measures include:

Ride Line will continue service.  All Ride Line passengers who are symptomatic will be required to wear a medical mask.  These masks will be provided by Ride Line.

Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will temporarily suspend activities as an effort to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in Brown County.  The moratorium on activities began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16th and will continue through Sunday, May 3, 2020 .  The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 exposure and reassess our dates if needed.

Senior Center will also temporarily suspend activities from March 16 through May 3, 2020.  Senior nutrition programs and Meals-on-Wheels will continue as essential services.

The City Library will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, May 3, 2020.

The City has also suspended all large group activities scheduled from March 16 through May 3, 2020 in the Aberdeen Civic Arena and the Aberdeen Civic Theatre.

All other cities services will continue to provide services during our regularly scheduled times.

It may be necessary for the city to further adjust services depending upon circumstances.

The City Utility Department encourages the utilization of the available online payment options available on the city website at Municipal Online Payments or the city hall parking lot drop box versus paying in person.  You also have the option to pay over the phone or sign up for ACH automatic payment withdrawal at 605-626-7026.

Permit and Planning services provided by the City of Aberdeen are available by phone at 605-626-7017.

We encourage you to visit the website of Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfor more information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This site includes information on what every American and Community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus.

General questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Helpline:  800-997-2880

Individuals who are having symptoms of COVID-19 infection (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should call their medical provider.

Travis Schaunaman, Aberdeen Mayor

Lynn Lander, City Manager

 

MARCH 23, 2020

Governor Kristi Noem Issued an Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 Guidelines on March 23, 2020.

Governor Kristi Noem’s Executive Order

MARCH 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 Press Release from Aberdeen School District Services

FREE GRAB-&-GO MEALS

 All students enrolled in the Aberdeen School District will be provided, at no charge, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on each of these days.

DATES & MENUS:

Monday, March 23, 2020 (lunch Monday, breakfast Tuesday, lunch Tuesday, breakfast Wednesday)

Lunch #1 *Chicken Drummies, fresh vegetables, apple slices, grapes, fresh baked cookie, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #1 Cereal, pop tart, fruit juice, fresh fruit, & milk

Lunch #2 Make your own sandwich (bun, meat, & cheese) chips, fresh veg., juice, fresh fruit, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #2 Cereal, muffin, fruit juice, fruit cup, & milk

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (lunch Wednesday, breakfast Thursday, lunch Thursday, breakfast Friday)

Lunch #1 *Chicken sandwich, chips, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #1 Yogurt, mini donuts, fruit juice, fresh fruit, & milk

Lunch #2 Dinner roll, crackers, meat, cheese, fresh vegetables, clementine, fruit snack, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #2 Cereal, bread item, fruit juice, fruit cup, & milk

Friday, March 27, 2020 (lunch Friday, breakfast Saturday, lunch Saturday, breakfast Sunday)

 Lunch #1 *Mini corn dogs, chips, salsa, fresh vegetables, fruit cup, apple, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #1 Cereal, bread item, fruit juice, fresh fruit, & milk

Lunch #2 Make your own sandwich (Bun, meat, & cheese) chips, fresh veg., juice, fresh fruit, & chocolate milk 

Breakfast #2 Cereal, bread item, fruit juice, fruit cup, & milk

*Main entrees cooked, wrapped, & ready to eat!!

LOCATIONS: Elementary Schools will serve from 11:30-1:00

  • C.C. Lee Elementary, 1900 North State Street, Front Entrance
  • Lincoln Elementary, 414 South 10th, Front Entrance
  • May Overby Elementary, 612 14th Ave SE, Front Entrance
  • Mike Miller Elementary, 3010 Milwaukee Ave. NE, Front Entrance
  • O.M. Tiffany Elementary, 819 8th Ave NE, East Entrance
  • Simmons Elementary, 1500 South 3rd Street, South Side of School

Adults and non-enrolled children are not eligible for meals. Students should be present to receive the free meals.

Please direct any related questions to Susan.Nash@k12.sd.us or 605 725-7105.

MARCH 18, 2020

March 18, 2020 pm Press Release:  Effective March 19, 2020 the Brown County Emergency Operation Center will begin to scale back operation levels as they have completed several key objectives. The Emergency Operation Center in conjunction with local City and County officials, the school district, and local healthcare providers, will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 situation and provide updates. The Emergency Operation Center is prepared to return all staff members to full capacity as needed.

We encourage you all to continue following the recommendations of the CDC. If you have questions:

Updates will be provided through your regular information outlets; you may also subscribe to 2-1-1 for text alerts.

March 18, 2020 8:35 am Press Release: Governor Kristi Noem announced yesterday afternoon that schools in South Dakota will remain closed through March 27, 2020. In light of this announcement, the City of Aberdeen has also decided to extend our closure dates.

Although there have not been presumptive or positive cases of COVID-19 in Aberdeen, the City is taking precautions to protect our community from possible exposure.

The City’s precautionary measures include:

Ride Line will continue service.  All Ride Line passengers who are symptomatic will be required to wear a medical mask.  These masks will be provided by Ride Line.

Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will temporarily suspend activities as an effort to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in Brown County.  The moratorium on activities began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16th and will continue through Sunday, March 29th.  The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 exposure and reassess our dates if needed.

Senior Center will also temporarily suspend activities from March 16th through March 29th.  Senior nutrition programs and Meals-on-Wheels will continue as essential services.

The City Library will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th.

The City has also suspended all large group activities scheduled from March 16th through March 29th in the Aberdeen Civic Arena and the Aberdeen Civic Theatre.

All other cities services will continue to provide services during our regularly scheduled times.

It may be necessary for the city to further adjust services depending upon circumstances.

The City Utility Department encourages the utilization of the available online payment options available on the city website at City of Aberdeen Online Payments or the city hall parking lot drop box versus paying in person.  You also have the option to pay over the phone at 605-626-7026.

Permit and Planning services provided by the City of Aberdeen are available by phone at 605-626-7017.

We encourage you to visit the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This site includes information on what every American and Community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus.

General questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Helpline:  800-997-2880

Individuals who are having symptoms of COVID-19 infection (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should call their medical provider.

Travis Schaunaman, Aberdeen Mayor

Lynn Lander, City Manager

MARCH 17, 2020

March 17, 2020 pm Press Release:  As we continue to monitor COVID-19 within Brown County and throughout the State, the best method for personal protection remains social distancing and increased personal hygiene. Stockpiling personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies only prevents someone else from being able to care for themselves and their families.

Personal hygiene includes:

  • Washing hands, especially after touching any frequently used items or surfaces. 
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Disinfect high-touch areas and frequently used items as often as possible.
  • Contain sneezing or coughs into a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • For recommendations regarding social distancing, please refer to the guidelines set forth by the CDC.

In accordance with the latest reports from the CDC, if you are sick you should wear a facemask when around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (e.g., because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs or sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).

Facemask supplies are limited both locally and nationally and need to be reserved for caregivers and healthcare workers.

For additional information about any of these topics, please visit cdc.gov or covid.sd.gov

March 17, 2020 am Press Release:  As our local health care organizations continue to monitor and prepare for any potential needs related to the COVID-19 situation, they ask that you do your part to help to the community at large and take the following steps when seeking healthcare.

Individuals who utilize Avera facilities for their health care and feel they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are displaying symptoms are asked to call:

  • 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372) or their primary healthcare providers office 

Individuals who utilize Sanford facilities for their health care and feel they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are displaying symptoms are asked to:

  • Call your local clinic or log into MyChart to utilize Sanford’s e-visit option

For the safety of all patients and staff, local facilities will be allowing only one designated visitor per patient for their entire stay or visit hospital or clinics. Additional visitors will be asked to return to their vehicle and not wait in the waiting room. Anyone with obvious symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing, will not be allowed to visit. For individuals who are in hospice or end-of-life care, please visit with the individual facility.

Again, COVID-19 symptoms may include fever over 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath. If you have questions about COVID-19 you may also contact the SD Department of Health at

  • 1-800-997-2880 or online at covid.sd.gov

MARCH 16, 2020

March 16, 2020 pm Press Release:  The Salvation Army would like to remind everyone that they are providing meal assistance while schools have been dismissed as a precautionary measure for COVID-19. They will still offer the meal share program at regular times. Both meal offerings are being packaged ‘to-go’ in accordance with social distancing recommendations made by the CDC. Other recommendations for preventive health measures can be found at COVID.sd.gov

Pick up times and locations for lunches are as follows:

                16th St Park                         11:30-11:45 a.m.

                Frontier Park                      11:45 a.m.

                Aldrich Park                        11:55 a.m.

                Manor Park                         12:00 p.m.

                Dakota Square                  12:20-12:30 p.m.

                Melgaard Park                   12:45 p.m.

                Roosevelt Park                  1:00 -1:15 p.m.

                Central Park                       1:20-1:30 p.m.

                MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE LUNCH!!

During this time of increased need for our community, we would like to remind everyone that the Salvation Army is still accepting all donations including freezable goods and meats, nonperishable food items, and as always, monetary gifts are greatly appreciated. Donation procedures may be subject to change.

March 16, 2020 am Press Release:  Today, the emergency operations center was activated in Brown County. As communities begin preparations for the COVID -19 virus, our primary objective at this time is to provide a centralized and unified point for releasing current and valid information. Again, the activation of the emergency operations center is strictly a proactive and precautionary measure at this time. As of 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening, there has not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brown County. We will continue to work with federal, state, and local health care providers to monitor testing and provide new information as it becomes available. Currently, our primary focus is the health and safety of the citizens in Brown County. Over the next few days, we will continue to provide verified information about COVID-19. If you have more questions regarding COVID-19, please refer to South Dakota Department of Health for additional information and safety precautions. Regular updates will also be posted to the Brown County Emergency Management Facebook page and also on the Aberdeen City website found at City of Aberdeen.

Chad Nilson, Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer

MARCH 14, 2020

Although there have not been presumptive or positive cases of COVID-19 in Aberdeen, the City is taking precautions to protect our community from possible exposure.

As precautionary measures:

Ride Line will continue service.  All Ride Line passengers will be required to wear a medical mask.

Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will temporarily suspend activities as an effort to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in Brown County.  The moratorium on activities will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 22nd.  The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 exposure and reassess our dates if needed.

Senior Center will also temporarily suspend activities from March 16th through March 22nd.  Senior nutrition programs and Meals-on-Wheels will continue as essential services.

The City Library will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16th to Sunday, March 22nd.

The City is suspending all large group activities scheduled for the period of March 16th to March 27th in the Aberdeen Civic Arena and Aberdeen Civic Theatre.

All other cities services will continue to provide services during regular scheduled times.

It may be necessary for the city to further adjust services depending upon circumstances.

We encourage you to visit the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This site includes information on what every American and Community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus.

Travis Schaunaman, Aberdeen Mayor

Lynn Lander, City Manager

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

WHO CAN I CALL IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

  • General questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Helpline:  800-997-2880
  • Epidemiology questions can be directed to the SD-DOH Office of Disease Prevention:  605-773-3737
  • Individuals who are having symptoms of COVID-19 infection (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should call their medical provider.