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Walgreens confirms positive COVID-19 case at Mount Rushmore Road store
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Walgreens confirms positive COVID-19 case at Mount Rushmore Road store

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A Walgreens on Mount Rushmore Road and a rehab facility said Monday that employees had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Walgreens confirmed in an email to the Journal that an employee at the 1902 Mount Rushmore Road store in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19.

State epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said Monday that he couldn't confirm or deny that there is a case there and there was no need for a public notice for the store at the time.

Alexandra Brown, manager of corporate media relations for Walgreens, said when the store was first notified of a confirmed or presumptive positive COVID-19 case, "we take actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from CDC, OSHA, public health officials."

In the second case, an employee at Clarkson Health Care Facility on Mountain View Road tested positive Monday for the coronavirus, according to its CEO.

In an email sent to the Journal, Daryl Reinicke said the facility that is owned by Westhills Village is now in the process of “informing all employees, residents and responsible party/family member and are working closely with the South Dakota Department of Health and our medical director on the follow-up.”

Reinicke also said all employees and residents will be tested this week for the coronavirus.

According to its website, Clarkson Health Care focuses on rehabilitation and residents are there for short- and long-term stays.

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