Covid-Schmovid—let’s go to the bar! Not:
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a patron of Lager’s Inn and the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual visited the establishments while able to transmit the virus to others on the evening of Saturday, May 9th during the following times:
- Lager’s Inn Bar: 7:30 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
- The Zoo Bar: 10:50 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Due to the risk of exposure, customers who visited this location during the specified dates should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the date they visited [South Dakota Department of Health, press release, 2020.05.16].
The Zoo Bar did take precautions when they reopened May 7:
Let’s hope Covid John/Jane Doe followed the rules and drank by him/herself last weekend.
The Zoo Bar responds to the state’s harshing on their Double Froggers mallow with some pique at being singled out with Lager’s as a hazard zone:
Lager’s issued similar guidance prior to reopening and an identical response to yesterday’s infection risk announcement. Video from KELO-TV posted on May 11 shows what things looked like inside Lagers last weekend:
While Zoo Bar and Lagers say “This is not something that we take lightly” (another good example of the vagueness created when speakers use this as a pronoun with no clear antecedent), Lowell Punt, owner of Lagers Inn and Zoo Bar, has been retweeting items downplaying the risk of coronavirus:
But the state isn’t just picking on bars and restaurants. The Department of Health said yesterday that Super 8 stayers in Rapid City may have been exposed:
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that an employee at Super 8 on 2520 Tower Road in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual worked while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:
- Thursday, April 29th – 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
- Friday, April 30th – 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
- Saturday, May 2nd – 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
- Sunday, May 3rd – 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. and 11 p.m- midnight
- Monday, May 4th – 12 a.m.- 7 a.m [SDDOH, second press release, 2020.05.16].
Even the bus is a health hazard:
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a Rapid Ride Transit driver has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual worked while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates:
- Saturday, May 9th :9 a.m. -5 p.m, Rapid Ride Jefferson Route
- Monday, May 11th: 1:20 p.m. -5:50 p.m., Rapid Ride Washington Route [SDDOH, third press release, 2020.05.16]
You can do without the bar. Stay home. If you have to travel, consider staying at places where guests and workers aren’t concentrated. And on the bus, whether you’re riding or driving, wear that mask.