The Milbank City Council held an emergency meeting on Monday, March 23 to discuss the COVID-19 virus situation in Milbank and the surrounding area. Mayor Pat Raffety released a statement saying, “While we still do not have a confirmed case here, there are confirmed cases in counties surrounding ours. I respectfully request every business owner to carefully evaluate the validity of keeping their business open or partially open. In particular, I request restaurants and bars, if you have not already done so, to restrict the inside use of your establishments. Consider carry-out, curbside delivery, or home delivery. The Council and I are very concerned about the health and well-being of our citizens. We also understand how the hardships of these actions will affect businesses long term, however, we must be diligent in our protection of the entire community.”
Raffety said, “This afternoon, South Dakota Governor Noem also released an executive order containing guidelines for citizens, businesses, and municipalities. The guidelines that most affect our community are:
Continue to practice social distancing. The best way to explain this is, one infected person becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and so on. It is imperative we practice social distancing to slow the spread so we do not overwhelm our health care system.
Restrict gatherings of 10 or more people. No exceptions.
Continue to practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when available.
If you are sick, please call your health care professional. You must call ahead so the medical staff can be prepared for your arrival; we must be vigilant about protecting their health as much as our own.