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National Park Service staffers who worked the Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday were not required to get coronavirus tests ahead of the event, according to a report by CNN.
Agency spokeswoman Dana Soehn told CNN that staffers followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines at the event, with masks available to all employees and social distancing encouraged. However, the state did not require masks or social distancing at the event, which drew approximately 7,500 people, and CNN reported that only some staffers were spotted in masks.
The article goes on to state the following:
Staffers were encouraged to self-monitor, report any symptoms they may have had and stay home from work if they were unwell.
COVID-19 cases in South Dakota have been stable in recent weeks. According to the CDC, outdoor activities are less risky than indoor events for spreading the virus.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 4, 2020
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