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Although there is still only one death documented in the state in connection to the COVID-19 virus, the disease is spreading quickly and needs to be taken very seriously. If not, more lives will be in jeopardy. According to healthcare workers all over the state, there is not enough equipment to help everyone who becomes critically ill with the virus, so extreme measures need to be taken, and people need to pay attention and heed all warnings. 

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, there were 28 confirmed cases in South Dakota spread throughout 10 counties, the hardest hit being Beadle County, with 12 cases confirmed there. Every day the numbers keep rising, so it is foolish to think, with that many cases in the Huron area already, that the virus will not affect or enter Sanborn County. Authorities are asking the public to please be diligent about staying home and staying informed. Everyone plays a role in keeping the number of positive cases down and keeping the communities healthy.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

As the Sanborn Weekly Journal hit the newsstands last week, the first few confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported to the public. Since that time, there have been seven more cases confirmed in the state for a total of 10 confirmed cases at press time. Due to the rapid spread of the virus, Governor Noem declared a state of emergency and asked schools to close in the state, including the private schools, so this week could be spent cleaning and disinfecting everything to stop the spread of the illness. Colleges and technical schools all over the state also closed campuses for an extra week of spring break or taking care of classes online.

With the closure of schools came the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for all events where over 50 people may congregate to be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Thus, all school activities were cancelled for the week, and most community activities were cancelled, including some church services. People have been asked to stay home and only leave when necessary. Going to and from work has been deemed fine, but the CDC advises everyone to take proper precautions and wash their hands thoroughly and often and to disinfect their work area as much as possible.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Haylee Foos, third grader from Woonsocket, is shown here with the “Buddy Bench” she purchased for her school’s playground to help prevent kids from feeling left out or having no one to play with.

What started as a boredom breaker in a car ride turned out to be a project for a cause for Haylee Foos, a third grader from Woonsocket. While doodling in the back seat on a trip to Mitchell with her mom and aunt, Foos made a sign that stated, “Bully Free Zone.” She told her mom that she thought her sign would make a great car/window sticker after she noticed that strangers were waving and giving her a thumbs up as she held her sign in the car window.

Once Foos saw that there was some appreciation for her message, she thought that maybe she could sell the stickers and make some money to donate a “Buddy Bench” to her school. According to her mother, the idea for a “Buddy Bench” came to Foos because she had just recently read about “Buddy Benches,” and she thought that one of those benches would be a great addition to the Woonsocket School’s playground.

The concept behind the “Buddy Bench” is that it is a bench where kids can sit if they are looking for someone to play with and are too nervous or shy to go ask someone to play. When other kids see someone sitting on the bench, they can go and ask them to play or talk.

…Read on and see an additional photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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