Brookings County COVID-19 Update: September 23, 2020
The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed (through their COVID-19 website) that there are now 704 total cases of COVID-19 in Brookings County, and 586 of those individuals have recovered. There are currently 116 active cases and two (2) deaths. The South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with new cases of the Coronavirus. The Department of Health has changed its definition for community spread (see https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx) At this time, Brookings County is in the "substantial" community spread category.
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Current Reopening Phase & Emergency Ordinance
The City of Brookings is Currently in Phase 3 of their phased reopening plan.
Emergency Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) (adopted July 7, 2020) which outlines continued safety measures and requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be in effect. On September 2, the Brookings City Council extended it for sixty (60) days. This ordinance outlines efforts that provide requirements for the reopening of businesses with reduced occupancy capacities and COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place.
On September 8, the Brookings City Council approved Ordinance 20-019, which revised Ordinance 20-010. The amendments require an individual to wear a face covering in any indoor business and/or indoor public place and to wear a face covering at any City-sanctioned event unless social distancing of six or more feet can be maintained. The Brookings City Council also approved Resolution 20-076 which provides clarifications of the requirements and exceptions regarding the mask mandate..
Ordinance 20-010 (Revised) is in effect until November 3.
The City of Brookings continues to consult and work with a variety of reputable national, state, county and local agencies and community partners in our COVID-19 response. In the links below, we have compiled information and resources to help you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Brookings will continue to update and add information to this webpage as it becomes available.