New positive COVID-19 case in SD, brings total to nine

UPDATE (11:00 a.m.): Governor Kristi Noem says all state K-12 schools in South Dakota will close next week amid COVID-19 concerns. She urges private schools to follow suit and use this “time to clean facilities and prepare for the following week.”

The announcement comes after the SD Department of Health announces a new positive case in McCook County. The patient was identified as a male in the 30-39 year old age range.

In a press conference Friday morning, Noem says all state basketball activities are postponed. State Student Council Convention, all Region music contests, and All-State Band events scheduled later this month are cancelled.

Noem says she will be issuing an executive order calling for non-essential staff to work remotely during the week. In addition, she signed a state of emergency order to direct the SD Department of Health to seek funding and resources to fight the virus.

Nursing homes are also ordered to restrict visitors. Monument Health announced Thursday assisted living centers in Sturgis and Custer were to close to visitors as well. VA nursing homes, community living centers, and spinal cord injury and disorder centers nationwide instituted similar restrictions earlier this week.

Friday morning, South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson signed an order declaring a judicial emergency, allowing circuit courts to take their own steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. NewsCenter1 has reached out to Seventh Circuit Presiding Judge Craig Pfeifle to learn what that looks like locally.

The Center for Disease Control issued new guidance Friday morning in testing for the virus. One specimen, instead of two, is needed from a person which allows testing capabilities in the state to double.

Noem says she has been in constant communication with medical providers and tribal leaders to stay ahead of the issue.

Contingency plans for the June 2 election are also being discussed with SD Secretary of State Steve Barnett. Absentee voting is currently set to begin April 17.

Rapid City Area Schools has a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday for more information locally.

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota now reports nine positive cases of COVID-19 with the newest case reported in McCook County, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Governor Kristi Noem is scheduled to address the press Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. MT to discuss the new developments with the coronavirus. The South Dakota Department of Health reports 73 negative tests and 11 pending tests.

Counties with single confirmed cases include Beadle, Charles Mix, Davison, Pennington, and Bon Homme counties. Three cases have been reported in Minnehaha county.

Around the state, events continue to be postponed or cancelled due to virus concerns.

NewsCenter1 will continue to update this story with more information following the conference.

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