MARSHALL (KMHL) – Following the announcement of the first positive case of COVID-19 yesterday in a resident from Lyon County – local officials are continuing to urge residents adhere to social distancing.

Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes says there are things for people to do if they need to get out of the house.

“Our parks are open, our trails are open, Camden State Park is open,” said Byrnes. “At this point we have not made the decision to fence off our playgrounds.”

Byrnes says people just need to continue to practice social distancing if they are out in the parks.

Avera Marshall Chief of Staff Doctor Steven Meister says they are ready to help if people need help. He says the main thing for people to do now is to stay calm – and to continue to adhere to social distancing.

“We’re there for you, we are anticipating we are going to get a little busier the next few weeks, we’re ready for that and getting more ready by the day” said Meister. “The biggest thing you can do is to stay calm.”

He urges people with respiratory symptoms to call before seeking medical attention.

Meister added that things like going for walks and getting fresh air actually help to keep people feeling healthy, re-energized and rejuvenated.