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Dear Community Members,

Clay County has reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual, a female between the ages of 20-30, is currently self-quarantining at home.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the USD residence halls.

According to Tim Tracy, CEO of Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, the individual reported mild symptoms and was tested through Sanford’s curbside testing site. They did not enter the Sanford Vermillion Medical Center facility and results were delivered in fewer than 24 hours. The case is suspected to be a result of travel, not community spread.

The South Dakota Department of Health is following up with the individual to determine the level of exposure to other community members. The individual continues to be monitored by the South Dakota Department of Health and Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.

As of 3/28, approximately 20 tests have been conducted in Vermillion with one positive case and three pending cases. South Dakota currently has 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

If community members suspect they may have COVID-19, they should call Sanford Vermillion Medical Center at 605-677-3700 instead of visiting the clinic.

USD community members are urged to continue practicing social distancing by remaining at least six feet away from each other and eliminating any unnecessary gatherings or travel. Social distancing helps stop or slow down the spread of disease and allows for the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.

For a full list of temporary closures in the Vermillion community and to learn how you can help your community, please visit the Vermillion Chamber & Development Corporation website.

Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at

- COVID-19 Task Force