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Turner County has three cases of COVID-19
The daily update from the state shows a total of 187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota, up 22 from yesterday. That’s includes another case in Turner County – a total of three. Hutchinson and McCook counties remain at two cases. McCook, Turner and Yankton counties are all identified as having community spread. A third of the cases in the state are in Minnehaha County at 68. These details come from https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#map.
Food Pantry open April 3
The Freeman Food Pantry at Bethany Church has announced it will be open today, Friday, April 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. As a COVID-19 precaution, use the west lot on Cedar Street and remain in your vehicle. Volunteers will provide further directions for you. Food items will be boxed in advance; requests for frozen items can be made from your vehicle.Thursday state report
According to South Dakota’s website, Turner County now has two confirmed cases of COVID-19. Updated Thursday morning, April 2, it shows 165 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed statewide. Hutchinson and McCook counties remain stable with two cases each. The update shows 87 of cases are women and 78 are men. The split by age is pretty even between those 50 and older and 50 and younger. You can find the complete listing of confirmed cases, listed by county, at https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#map
Freeman, Menno postpone April 14 elections to June
South Dakota lawmakers passed several emergency bills Monday night, March 30, including allowing local governments to delay their elections. Many were scheduled for April 14; that includes Freeman and Menno. The plan for Freeman is to move the joint city/school election to the June 2 primary. Both the city council and the school board will have to approve a new joint resolution. The Menno School Board Election plans to move its election June but a date has not yet been set.
Community help needed for F.A.C.E. Mask Project
Freeman Regional Health Services and Salem Mennonite Home, along with other healthcare providers throughout the nation, will likely face a shortage of facemasks in the coming weeks. We are doing our best to conserve our supply of disposable face masks, but we realize that additional face masks will be needed by our nurses, providers, and other caregivers.
In order to address this pressing need, we are reaching out to our community to encourage them to join the Faith And Community Engage (F.A.C.E.) Mask project. We are asking for everyone to keep the faith and to show our sense of community with the call to action to address this urgent need for donations of hand-sewn face masks.
There are several patterns for cloth face masks being shared on social media and the web, however we are requesting mask donations with the Avera F.A.C.E. Mask project’s Olson Mask design. Those who are interested in creating cloth masks, should visit the project website at https://www.avera.org/balance/wellness-and-preventive-care/how-can-i-help-sew-masks-for-health-care-workers/ for the pattern and guidelines. Please contact Amanda Mettler with questions and to receive donation drop-off information or the pattern/guidelines at Amanda.Mettler@freemanregional.com.
Monday state report
According to South Dakota’s website, updated Monday morning, March 30, 101 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed statewide. Locally, there is no change: Hutchinson County 2, McCook County 2, Turner County 1. Yankton County has 4 cases. The state site shows 52 males and 49 females have the virus. You can find the complete listing of confirmed cases, listed by county, at https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#map
Sunday state report adds Turner County to list of confirmed COVID-19 cases
According to the state of South Dakota’s website, updated Sunday morning, March 29, a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Turner County, helping bring the state total of cases to 90. Saturday morning, March 28, the site confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Hutchinson County. It also shows two cases in neighboring McCook County. Those numbers were unchanged Sunday. Freeman Mayor Sam Sorensen told the Courier Saturday morning the city council will discuss this development when it meets in special session Tuesday noon, March 31. You can find the complete listing of confirmed cases, listed by county, at https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx#map
City of Freeman passes emergency resolution
The city of Freeman has passed a resolution that orders all city restaurants and bars closed to on-site consumption starting Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. The resolution also orders the closure of all public recreational facilities in the city of Freeman. It does not prohibit those businesses from providing take-out and delivery or curbside and drive-thru service.
“Any business continuing to operate in order to provide off-site service should implement procedures to ensure social distancing and operate in compliance with federal and state health guidance in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the resolution reads.
The order does not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores or “any emergency facilities necessary for the response to the current public health emergency or any other community emergency disaster.”
The action came in special session via teleconference Thursday night, March 26.
City of Menno passes emergency resolution
The city of Menno has ordered that all city restaurants, bars and casinos be closed to the public for on-site consumption beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. That does not apply to food that is ordered for pick-up or off-sale alcoholic beverages from businesses that choose to serve their customers in that way.
The resolution also closes recreational facilities, public pools, health clubs, athletic facilities and music or entertainment venues.
Grocery stores, convivence stores and other businesses not identified in the resolution are not impacted by this, although the public is to be mindful of CDC guidelines like gatherings of no more than 10 people and at least six feet of separation.
The action came at a special emergency meeting of the Menno City Council at the Menno Fire Hall Thursday evening, March 26, when the council unanimously passed “an emergency resolution to address a public health crisis by implementing certain measures which have been deemed necessary to slow the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).”
The resolution stands for 60 days and will automatically expire unless the council takes action to extend it. The resolution may also be abandoned by action of the city council prior to 60 days.
No confirmed case of COVID-19 at Vermeer Freeman
Contrary to rumors that were circulating on Thursday, March 26, there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Vermeer Manufacturing, according to general manager Scott Eberts. And new numbers released by the state show that there is no confirmed case in all of Hutchinson County. Please continue to check here for the latest verified and accurate information; those with something to share may do so by calling or texting 605-351-6097 or emailing email@example.com.
As part of its joint press release last week, the city of Freeman and Freeman Regional Health Services noted this from Vemeer:
Freeman’s second-largest employer is one local company that has implemented a pro-active response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vermeer Freeman General Manager Scott Eberts notes that the company is in daily communication with their corporate office and is staying informed of the latest guidelines. Their goals are to protect the health of their team members and to keep operations functional. This community business has been modifying workplace protocols so they can continue to support their customers. We anticipate that other businesses will develop similar action plans in the near future.
The key changes implemented by Vermeer Freeman are outlined here.
Modified Workplace Protocols In Action - 3/20/20
Key changes implemented at Vermeer Freeman in response to COVID-19 include the following:
Social distancing and personal hygiene practices are promoted. Handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining as much space as possible from others are among those practices.
Group meetings are limited in size to 10 or fewer individuals.
WebEx/conference calls are expected to be utilized for most meetings to eliminate contact wherever possible.
Vendor/sales calls have been postponed or canceled and all visits to the facility must be approved.
All business travel must be pre-approved.
Break and vending areas have been closed to eliminate contact, with team members encouraged to utilize their area or vehicles when taking breaks.
Those performing functions that can be done from home – including engineering, purchasing, and accounts payable – are now working remotely.
Restrooms and high traffic areas, including door handles, are being sanitized 3 times a day.
Sanitizing stations have been placed in centralized locations so team members can clean their areas when needed.
All team members are encouraged to NOT come to work if they’re not feeling well.
About the April 14 election
As of Tuesday, there were no plans to postpone the upcoming election scheduled for Tuesday, April 14. That includes races for Freeman mayor and both the school boards at Freeman Public and Menno. However, those who wish to avoid contact and vote via an absentee ballot may do so immediately. Applications are available through the Secretary of State’s website — sdsos.gov — or can be picked up inside the front lobby of both Freeman City Hall and the Junior-Senior High School. Once filled out, simply mail them to either the city or the school and you will be sent an absentee ballot to fill out and return by mail.
Friday blood drive postponed; other updates from Freeman Regional
A blood drive scheduled for Friday, March 27 at Freeman Regional Health Services will not be held as planned. The drive is tentatively being rescheduled for sometime in April and will be held at the Freeman Community Center, where social distancing can be better controlled. Watch for more information as it becomes available.
Also, until the time that COVID-19 no longer poses a public threat, FRHS is not:
• Scheduling visiting specialists
• Accepting floral or gift deliveries inside FRHS facilities. Floral displays may be set outside windows for viewing in designated area.
FRHS offering call-in forum for greater Freeman community
A call-in forum for the greater Freeman community will be hosted by Dr. Kirton on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Dr. Kirton will answer questions regarding COVID-19 and share his advice to those on the call. Bridgewater, Freeman, Marion and Menno community members who want to join Tuesday’s call-in need to register in advance by calling 605-925-2142.
New from Turner County
The Turner County Courthouse will continue to limit interactions with the pubic because of the Covid-19 health emergency at least until April 7th by a vote of the Turner County Commissioners. The Courthouse will be closed to the general public. It will be re-evaluated at that time. We ask that if you must come to the Courthouse to do business to please call and set up an appointment. In many situations, there are alternative ways to get your license plate tabs, pay your taxes, file a building permit, etc. that you can do. Everyone’s safety is the priority at this time.
During this time, the Turner County Court System remains open and all people will have access to the court system. Please contact the Turner County Clerk of Courts office at (605) 297-3115 or the Turner County State’s Attorney’s Office at (605) 297-3975. The court system remains accessible to anyone in the public that needs it.
If it is determined that you need to come to the courthouse, you will need to use the west door and call the office you need to visit when you get here. If you have a cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you do not come to the courthouse.
The Sheriff’s office will not do any fingerprinting, pistol permits or other non-essential items during this time. Deputies are taking extra precautions to ensure their safety and of those they are interacting with. If you have any sort of emergency and someone is experiencing a cold, flu or flu like symptoms, PLEASE NOTIFY US so we can take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our first responders.
If you need to use the services of the Food Pantry or ICAP, please contact Julie at (605) 940-1909 to set up an appointment.
Some of our State employees have been told to work from home. Please call their offices first to see if they are here.
Here are the Turner County Courthouse Department phone numbers if you need to contact them:
Sheriff’s Office: 605-297-3225
Dispatch: 605-764-2534 (If no one answers the Sheriff’s line)
Auditor’s Office: 605-297-3153
Clerk of Courts: 605-297-3115
Court Services: 605-297-4097
Equalization/Assessor’s Office: 605-297-3424
Emergency Management: 605-297-6000
Extension Office: 605-297-3112
Highway Department: 605-297-3404
ICAP/Food Pantry: 605-940-1909
Register of Deeds: 605-297-3443
States Attorney: 605-297-3975
Veterans Affairs: 605-297-3431
Treasurer’s Office: 605-297-4425
Update from Freeman Chiropractic Solutions
We know that in these uncertain times you may be wondering what Salem Chiropractic Clinic and Freeman Chiropractic Solutions are doing to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As you know, our clinic deeply cares about the health and safety of our patients, staff, and communities as a whole. Therefore, we have been closely been monitoring the developments of this issue. There have been minimal cases in South Dakota at this point and we have had no cases or connection with either of our clinics. However, we have been paying close attention to our state health board as well as the CDCs advice in the past month. We have also been in discussion with local medical professionals in both Salem and Freeman and have adopted their stringent safety protocols with the recent developments of this virus. The following are being followed carefully in our offices:
1.All staff and doctors are stringently washing our hands while simultaneously utilizing hand sanitizer to avoid the most common transmission of the virus.
2. We are following a rigorous cleaning protocol between every patient where we are disinfecting the treatment tables, countertops, chiropractic tools, and chairs.
3. We are actively screening all individuals with a questionnaire who are attempting to seek treatment in our offices.We are asking if they are having a fever, cough, have had contact with any positive tested individual with COVID-19, or if they have had out of country travel in the last 10 days.If they are presenting with these symptoms or have had contact/traveled we are having them return home and call their medical provider.
4. There will be no employees in the office with the aforementioned symptoms. If you are showing signs of sickness, stay home.
5. We are strategically spacing patient visits out in the office and avoiding any clusters of patients to minimize contact and follow the social distancing rules put forth by the government.
Update from Et Cetera Shoppe
The Et Cetera Shoppe says in a statement that the Freeman thrift store will be closed through Saturday, March 28. "At that point we will re-evaluate the situation, and will likely make the decision to open or close on a week-by-week basis.
After March 28, you can check our Facebook page or the freemansd.com website for information on whether we’re open or closed - or try calling the store at 925-7098."
Update from Freeman Dental
We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our patients, staff and providers, we have decided to postpone any non-urgent dental care. We will be reaching out to reschedule routine dental care now through April 3, 2020. We will be reassessing the situation as new information and recommendations become available from both state and federal organizations.
For at least the next two weeks, our practice will continue to offer limited care during limited hours. We will postpone appointments for the following procedures:
-Initial or periodic exams
-Routine dental cleanings and preventive therapies
-Orthodontic procedures other than those to alleviate acute pain
-Extraction of asymptomatic teeth
-Restorative dentistry including restoration of asymptomatic areas of decay
-Cosmetic dental procedures
For any other dental concerns, please contact our offices for an appointment or phone consultation.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank everyone for understanding our decision to postpone routine dental care. The health and safety of our patients, staff, providers and our communities at large are our top priority.
Update from Freeman City Hall
At City Hall this evening (March 18), councilors decided that - until further notice - City Hall doors will be locked during business hours. Offices will still be staffed from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., but residents are asked to use the drop box inside the front door or call 925.7127 to schedule a brief appointment, should that be necessary. Paying utility bills online at CityofFreeman.org is also an option. The Freeman Community Center will be closed, as well, with walkers no longer able to gain access using personalized codes. We thank you for your understanding. And, in order for our community to avoid the serious consequences of COVID-19, we ask individuals of ALL ages to heed the guidelines set forth by the CDC.
Stephen Roussos, pastor of the Freeman Missionary Church who is active in the Freeman Ministerial Association, told the Courier on Thursday that, to his knowledge, all churches in the area have canceled worship services and activities through at least this month. Those with specific questions related to their own congregation should contact their respective churches. All regional church information is included on the Church Page in the Courier.
Freeman Regional Health Service offering call-in sessions March 18, 19
Want to learn how your business can respond to COVID-19? Dr. Kirton, a medical provider at Freeman Regional Health Services, is hosting call-ins this week for our community. He’ll be available at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Register today by calling 605-925-2142 or messaging FRHS on Facebook.
Statement from Hutchinson County
At this time, to do our part in helping curb the spread of COVID-19, we are going to be closed to the public. We will be fully staffed to handle all business through mail, fax, email or by telephone. A drop box will be located at the North Entrance if you feel you need to bring the paperwork to us. Townships can drop off Annual meeting paperwork and Equalization meeting books by the drop box. This will be checked periodically throughout the day. The box will not be outside after business hours. We are suspending all public meetings that were scheduled to be held in the courthouse. The Commissioners will reevaluate the situation at their April 7th meeting. We will be assessing this ongoing as the health and safety of everyone is evaluated.
- Hutchinson County Commissioners
Courier office closing until further notice; publications will continue
The Courier has decided to close its office to the public through at least this week. A number of reasons went into the decision:
1. As a precaution, office Manager Linda VonEye has remained self-quarantined at her home after returning from a cruise to the Caribbean.
2. Three staff members have school-aged children and younger at home, and with classes suspended, priority needs to be given to families.
3. All the information coming out suggests erring on the side of caution, and that's what we're choosing to do.
But our work will continue.
Staff may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for news, email@example.com for advertising or firstname.lastname@example.org for graphic design services. You may also call or text 605-351-6097 with any questions, concerns or information that needs to be shared.
Copies of the Area Wide Connection are available inside the front door of our Main Street office.
Future issues of our publications will not be interrupted and work will continue from both our office and homes.
Statement from Freeman City Hall
City Hall will conduct normal business hours beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday. For your health, as well as for ours, and in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you please use the drop box inside our front door or call 925-7127 to schedule a brief appointment.
Freeman Public making sack lunches available to its students for free
Freeman Public Schools has announced that it will be making sack lunches available for pickup to its enrolled students on a request basis beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through the week; classes are canceled per a request from the governor. Those who would like a sack lunch for their child should call the junior-senior high school office between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. for details. The phone number is 605-925-4214. The district announced on Monday the lunches would be available for free to all Freeman Public students.
Statement from Freeman Public Library
To Our Patrons: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closings, the Freeman Public Library will be canceling all programming. While our doors will be closed to the public, please know that we will still be offering services. We welcome you to go online & reserve a book or movie; we’ll collect those items for you and you’ll be able to find them in our breezeway in a bag with your name on it. Or, you may phone us at 925.7003 and we’ll retrieve requested items for you. You may also return items using our drop box. Due to the difficulty in disinfecting many game pieces, we will not be checking out games at this time. Don’t forget we also have downloadable audio & eBooks available at FreemanLibrary.org.
Schools to be closed next week
Administration at Freeman Academy, Freeman Public Schools and Menno Public School have confirmed that their respective attendance centers will be closed the week of March 16-20; the announcement follows a request by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem that all state schools be closed next week in response to COVID-19.
A message from Freeman and Parkston Dental Centers regarding the Coronavirus
Our dental care facilities are always engaged in the health and wellness of our patients and the general wellbeing of our communities. We are responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) challenge by continuing to implement CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ADA (American Dental Association) guidelines.
If you have an appointment in our clinics and have experienced symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or general aches and pains, please call our office to reschedule your appointment. The Freeman office can be reached at 605-925-4999 and the Parkston office can be reached at 605-928-3363.
Our dental clinics do not have the ability to test for COVID-19. If you are symptomatic, we ask that you stay home and consult with your primary care medical provider.
We continue to offer the highest level of dental services and infection control to our patients. We understand the concern associated with community social contact. If you wish to reschedule your appointment, please let us know at your earliest convenience.
Our clinics ask that you continue to practice proper handwashing and personal protective methods.
Drs. Jason Aanenson, Alex Whitesell, Serena Whitesell
Statement from Freeman Academy/Schmeckfest
The Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board, Freeman Academy Board of Directors, and Administration have postponed Schmeckfest 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tentative dates have been discussed and will be announced as we hear official updates regarding COVID-19.
This has been a difficult decision; however we cannot risk the safety of our students, faculty, volunteers, community and Schmeckfest visitors. We also feel a personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this contagious virus. We have been strongly encouraged to take preventative measures, not just for ourselves, but for all those who enter our campus, and especially those with weakened immune systems.
Schmeckfest musical and meal tickets will be transferable to a rescheduled date in 2020.
Pre-orders for items, such as Schmeckfest sausage, can still be placed and are appreciated. This has been Freeman Academy’s largest fundraiser for over 60 years. Details can be found at Schmeckfest.com.
Updates will be available on FreemanAcademy.org, Schmeckfest.com and official Facebook pages for Freeman Academy and Schmeckfest, as more information follows in the coming days and weeks. Contact Nathan Epp at email@example.com or Meranda Van Ningen, Development Director / Schmeckfest Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday night update from Freeman Public Schools
After consultation with the South Dakota Departments of Health and Education, local healthcare providers, and neighboring school districts, the Freeman School District will be implementing several preventative practices and precautions in an effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading across our nation, state, and local communities. The following procedures will be implemented immediately and will continue indefinitely until the district has determined, with the help of state and local health officials, that returning to our regular practices is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community.
• The Freeman School District will be suspending all non-essential activities. These non-essential activities include but are not limited to concerts, in and out of town activities, field trips, and other similar activities. We will do our best to communicate any scheduling changes as they become available.
• The Freeman School District will be suspending all facility use by any non-Freeman School District organizations. This will include individual facility use by students, parents, and other members the community.
• The Freeman School District will be limiting entry to our school buildings to essential personnel only (staff and students). All other individuals will be allowed access the main vestibule of each school building’s main entrance but will only be able to access the main offices when necessary.
• The Freeman School District will be making adjustments to the district’s current food service practices in an effort to support the prevention of COVID-19.
• The Freeman School District will consider potential adjustments to our district’s current attendance policies in an effort to support the prevention of COVID-19.
• The Freeman School District is encouraging students to bring their own water bottles to school as the district will be installing water bottle fillers on some of the water fountains within the district’s buildings.
Thursday night update from Freeman Regional Health Services
This week, the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in South Dakota. The World Health Organization also declared this situation as a pandemic.
If you utilize Freeman Regional Health Services and Avera facilities for your health care, please call 1-877-282-8372 if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or feel you have been exposed to COVID-19. This toll-free number is staffed 24/7 by Avera registered nurses who will determine if you need to be seen by a provider.
You may also call the Freeman Clinic at 605-925-4219, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If you do not have an appointment at the Freeman Clinic, please call to speak to one of our healthcare professionals before you arrive. We are not accepting walk-in appointments.
If you need Emergency Services, you do not need to call before you arrive. You will undergo respiratory and travel screening prior to entering the facility.
From Freeman Academy/Schmeckfest
Freeman Academy & Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board Official Statement concerning COVID-19:
Like so many of you, we have been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and how it is impacting our world. We are aware there are now confirmed cases in South Dakota. For Freeman Academy and Schmeckfest, that means understanding how to help avoid an outbreak for our students, families, staff, visitors, and the greater Freeman area. Many of you have ordered tickets for the Schmeckfest meal and musical scheduled for March 20-21 and March 27-28, 2020.
At this time, we have not canceled or postponed any campus activities. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all we can to protect you and the greater community.
If our executive committee and school board of directors deem it necessary to cancel or postpone Schmeckfest 2020, we will publicize it immediately on FreemanAcademy.org, Schmeckfest.com and official Facebook pages for Freeman Academy and Schmeckfest.
We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines and recommendations of the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus, as well as, working closely with Freeman Regional Health Services. We encourage you to visit the CDC website directly and follow the same preventative measures.
We will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities as the situation develops.
From Freeman Public Schools
Freeman Public Schools has issued a statement regarding the coronvirus through an automated phone call to patrons of the district from Superintendent Kevin Kunz. “We as a district thought it was important to reach out to families to provide some information regarding this issue," Kunz said. “As of right now we have no plans of closing the school. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and determine the best course of action for our staff and students.” Kunz said the South Dakota Department of Health has provided guidence and resources to school districts, and those have been posted on the school's website.
He also said those showing signs of sickness should stay home and seek medical attention accordingly. He also suggested people should not panic, but rather educate themselves about the issue. “As a district, we undertand one of the most important aspects to addressing the coronavirus is to remain calm and do not overreact to what they do not know or understand."
From the City of Freeman
Officials at Freeman’s City Hall participated in an hour-long White House briefing via conference call on Wednesday, March 11. The briefing was designed to keep state, local, & tribal leaders informed regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19, currently designated by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic. It was emphasized that there is a role for everyone as we seek to contain and mitigate the impact of this virus. Those most vulnerable are older adults and people of all ages with underlying or chronic health concerns. For specific and reliable information regarding updates and appropriate responses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/covid19 is recommended, as well as the World Health Organization’s website at www.coronavirus.com and the U.S. Department of Education’s website at www.ed.gov/coronavirus.
From Freeman Regional Health Services
We received news today (Tuesday) from the South Dakota Department of Health that SD has 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases, resulting in 1 death.
Therefore, in order to protect our patients, residents, employees, and communities,
WE ARE RESTRICTING VISITATION TO FREEMAN MEDICAL CENTER AND OAKVIEW TERRACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The following patient/visitor access doors will be locked until further notice:
Business Office Front Doors
Freeman Medical Center Front Doors
ER Entrance Doors
The Clinic Front Door will remain open during clinic office hours.
All individuals who come to the ER or have scheduled appointments at FRHS will require respiratory and travel screening prior to entering the facility. Individuals with respiratory symptoms OR travel to affected areas in previous 14 days OR close contact with a known individual with COVID-19 will be asked to wear a mask and assisted to a designated area.
We understand this may create some inconvenience, however we appreciate your help in preventing the spread of infection at FRHS.
From the Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion
The Tieszen Memorial Home will be closed to all guests until further notice.
Brookings Area Transit Authority (which manages Freeman Community Transit)
This communication is for information purposes only and not to create unnecessary panic. As a public transportation service, BATA has been pro-active in the reduction of viruses for our passengers and drivers.
With the resources that have been provided by the Federal Transit Authority and understanding our responsibility as public transportation providers working with the general public, we wanted to convey our plan of action in this health crisis involving COVID-19.
1. We have information posters in all of our vehicles as well as our offices. They include basic instructions on personal hygiene and what symptoms can be involved for this virus.
2. Employees that are symptomatic or have been knowingly exposed to this virus are requested to not come to work.
3. If you, your child, a family member, or a resident of the facility we are providing transportation for are ill, we ask you to refrain from using public transportation.
4. We understand we’re being redundant in saying “Wash Your Hands” to the tune of singing Happy Birthday – that’s how long it’s supposed to take to do so effectively.
5. Daily or multi times a day, our team at BATA is sanitizing the insides of the vehicles. Supplies that meet the virus fighting criteria are being used.
6. Other efforts include being in communication with the local Emergency Management of Brookings County, taking part in the regular meetings of Pandemic Preparedness Committee, and LEPC (Local Emergency Management Committee).
See BATA's full statement on its Facebook page.