South Dakota reports five confirmed cases of the coronavirus
UPDATE (4:10) — According to Gov. Kristi Noem there are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state. One person from Pennington County has passed away and tests are ongoing to determine if COVID-19 was the primary cause of death. The other cases were found in Davidson County, Minnehaha County, Beadle County, and Charles Mix County.
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement regarding COVID-19:
“The state’s Public Health Laboratory in Pierre has confirmed the first presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in South Dakota,” said Noem. “The cases are travel related. While we wait for the CDC to conduct their confirmatory testing, the Department of Health staff is working to identify additional people who came in close contact with these individuals to decrease the spread of illness.”
“Our team has been preparing for weeks, and I am confident we have the right people in place to address this fluid situation. Without panicking, I encourage all South Dakotans to take this seriously – now is the time to prepare and to stay informed.”