May 18, 2020 5:36 PM

Black Hills tourism businesses say there's reason for hope

Posted May 18, 2020 5:36 PM

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Rapid City Journal) — Hotel and campground operators in the Black Hills say the past couple of months have been rough on business due to the coronavirus outbreak, but they’re encouraged that tourists are making reservations for summer travel.

Hospitality businesses are preparing for visitors with extra cleaning protocols and safety practices.

Visit Rapid City CEO Julie Schmitz Jensen tells the Rapid City Journal that businesses are familiar with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She says with safety protocol in place, it will not be a typical tourist season. 

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May 18, 2020 5:36 PM
Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Harnessing today's technology to the task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared.

The first U.S. state-adopted smartphone apps for tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients are running into technical glitches and so far have only been downloaded by a tiny fraction of residents.

A second wave of tech-assisted pandemic surveillance tools backed by tech giants Apple and Google have other problems.

All technology-based approaches for tracking the disease face major privacy issues, say groups like the ACLU, which has a new white paper on the danger of building a new surveillance state in the name of public health.