Gov. Noem gives press conference update on coronavirus; no new cases in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — The impacts of (COVID-19) or coronavirus is being felt in force in South Dakota and around the world.

Locally a number of events have been cancelled or postponed, but according to the governor, there are no new positive cases to report on the virus.

Gov. Noem held a news conference Thursday in hopes of giving updated numbers on the known cases so far.

Experts say those who tested positive within the state, have had limited social interaction, and that had all traveled recently. The state is testing those who had direct contact with the confirmed cases.

Noem is reminding the public to take safety precautions, with other state officials noting that tests are available without a co-pay and free testing is also available.

“Individuals have the ability to go to health care centers around the state,” South Dakota State Secretary of Health Kim Rysdon said. “These health centers work with folks with a variety of insurance options, including folks that are uninsured and have sliding fees in place based on income.”

Gov. Noem says there are currently 41 pending tests, and that the results should be available tomorrow morning.

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