A Message From Mayor Paul TenHaken on COVID-19

Mayor TenHaken

There are a few important things you need to know:

Practice Social Distancing: The latest federal guidelines include avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people at any given time. Even with schools closed this week, students should avoid gatherings in an effort to slow of the spread of COVID-19 in the community

Who to Call: If you have questions related to COVID-19, call the state’s hotline at 1-800-997-2880 for more information. The City also has resources and links at siouxfalls.org/covid-19.

Providing Help: Whether you are requesting assistance or want to volunteer, the Helpline Center is coordinating local efforts. Call 2-1-1 or visit helplinecenter.org.

If You Are Sick: If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Please do not visit a clinic or emergency department without first calling. This helps to keep healthcare workers, other vulnerable patients, and the community healthy.

Be a Good Neighbor and Don’t Hoard Supplies: People should buy only what they need and remember over-purchasing takes products away from others who need them.

Practice Good Hygiene: These critical steps help stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces clean (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

And most importantly, stay calm.

I want you to know that I understand COVID-19 comes with some anxiety and fear of the unknown for many in South Dakota.

Again, everyone in Sioux Falls has the opportunity  to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a community, we have a social responsibility to protect our vulnerable populations from this threat and we can only succeed if we are united.

In the days ahead, please continue to follow the advice of medical professionals and follow the City online or via social media for important updates. I encourage all businesses that have a workforce that can perform remotely to please provide them the flexibility to do so at this time. Smart decisions like this now can help us flatten the curve and protect lives.

Continue to support our local economy. Order takeout. Get food delivered. Use business drive-up/delivery options. Stock up on gift cards. Local businesses are counting on you more than ever.

Lastly, thank you. Sioux Falls is an incredible place with a strong sense of community. In the coming days and weeks, we will successfully overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, but only as a united community with a One Sioux Falls mindset.

Best Regards,

Mayor Paul TenHaken
City of Sioux Falls

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