South Dakota COVID-19 cases rise statewide, total now 41
PIERRE, S.D. – As COVID-19 cases rise in South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem addressed the public Wednesday morning to offer words of encouragement.
Noem delivered a statement to media in Pierre, declining to take direct questions, asking South Dakotans to “press pause” and “focus on the good.”
Over recent weeks, the Governor has provided daily, sometimes hourly updates as to the state’s reasoning for making certain decisions and taking certain precautions. “We’re doing our best and our best is very good,” said Noem.
Her message to the public, as COVID-19 cases increase state-wide, is to “take a break” , visit family and call loved ones.
In her statement Wednesday, Noem did not address the newest coronavirus cases, including the first confirmed coronavirus case in the Black Hills.
The SD Department of Health website updated shortly after the media briefing – there are eight new cases in Minnehaha County, one in Lincoln County, one in Brown County, and one in Meade County.
NewsCenter1 reported first that the Meade County resident is a Monument Health caregiver in Rapid City.
There are 41 COVID-19 cases in South Dakota as of Wednesday morning. The state reports 819 tests have come back negative and there are 268 pending tests at the state’s Public Health Laboratory. 13 patients have recovered from the virus.
Community spread is now confirmed in Minnehaha County and Lincoln County, according to the DOH website. Other counties where community spread is confirmed are McCook, Beadle, Hughes, and Lyman County.