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State Department of Health officials confirmed Monday 41 cases of COVID-19 in Brown County have come from the DemKota Beef Plant so far.  The beef plant had its first confirmed case of coronavrius about two weeks ago in mid April. As of Monday at 11:30 a.m. Brown County currently has 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 27 recoveries, bringing an active total of 38. 

 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says all those 41 cases are employees of DemKota…

 

 

 

 

The city of Aberdeen took steps last Wednesday to begin opening Aberdeen businesses back up amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Travis Schaunaman posted on his mayoral Facebook page he has been working with DemKota as early as April 11th to try and prevent the spread of the virus at this facility. 

 

Mayor Schaunaman was confident late last week the lessons learned from the Smithfield Foods hotspot in Sioux Falls would help prevent major spread at DemKota…

 

 

 

 

Following its first positive test for COVID-19 DemKota announced plans to mitigate the spread including transitioning to a split shift schedule, offering voluntary leave of absence with protections and continued healthcare benefits for production employees.

 

South Dakota’s peak for COVID infections is June according to Governor Kristi Noem and Brown County has seen an increase in positive COVID tests following the loosening of testing requirements so it is likely numbers will continue to rise. 

 

However, Dr. Clayton says there is no telling if the infection rate has peaked in Brown County yet or not…

 

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