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Pierre Reports Five In-School Coronavirus Cases; Aberdeen Not So Forthcoming

Pierre school district superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt considers having just five cases of coronavirus among its student body a surprisingly low number:

“It amazes me that [our] numbers are significantly lower than most (knock on wood)… Hope our community can keep our numbers low,” Pierre School District Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt told the Capital Journal via email on Friday [Abby Wargo, “Five Pierre Students Have Covid-19,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2020.09.14].

I can’t compare Pierre’s coronavirus count to Aberdeen’s, because my local school district apparently isn’t reporting numbers. We received a robocall from Aberdeen Central principal Dr. Jason Uttermark last night around suppertime. He introduced the message as our “weekly covid call” and said “individuals” have tested positive within the district. The two previous calls in previous weeks said “an individual” had tested positive. Last night’s call did not make clear whether the school district was announcing new cases.

The recorded message repeated the school’s promise that the state Department of Health would The call made not mention of local reports that the Department of Health is overwhelmed with contact tracing and isn’t able to make such calls in a timely fashion that would allow parents and staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case to protect their family, friends, and neighbors from the disease.

I’d like to say Aberdeen is lucky like Pierre, too, not to have many coronavirus cases. But I can’t say that reliably, because our school district is failing to give the community clear information about the extent of the pandemic among its students and staff.


  1. mike from iowa 2020-09-15 12:50

    564 bodies needed to reach super milestone 200k deaths. Tomorrow for sure.

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    NPR and NBC have picked up Ravnsborg implausible story, nationally.

  2. Scott 2020-09-15 19:50

    What is that that Noem keeps saying, she trust south dakotans. Yet she will not release the contents of the federal covid19 warnings that are being sent to SD. She is not releasing data on positive cases in schools. Hardly any news conferences on Covid19 anymore. This is just what Trump done!

    A bunch of BS from Noem on trusting people. She does not want us to know what is going on so she can keep spreading the right wing propaganda. Worse yet, people think she is great.

  3. mike from iowa 2020-09-15 20:01

    A real milestone has been reached in drumpf body count….

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    Tomorrow we will easily surpass 6.8 million cases.

  4. mike from iowa 2020-09-16 16:36

    2 new milestones today in drumpf body count…

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    6.8 million cases and 201k deaths.

  5. mike from iowa 2020-09-16 19:32

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  6. mike from iowa 2020-09-17 18:25

    Another 1000 bodies for the body count…

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  7. jerry 2020-09-17 18:36

    This is just like Vietnam with the attrition body counts. Thanks for your report mfi. Of course, we here in South Dakota are seeing quite the uptick in the trump virus. The “herd mentality” of trump and his virus just keep making us sick and dying.

    In Vietnam, progress was made by the deaths of Vietnamese combatants and non combatants. In trump/GNOem’s America, progress is made by the death of science and democracy along with the economy cratering.

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