Noem declares Wednesday a Day of Prayer in South Dakota against COVID-19 virus  (Audio)

April 7, 2020
Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D.—As the number of South Dakotans contracting the COVID-19 virus, and dying from it continue to rise, Governor Kristi Noem hopes people will take time to rely on the power of prayer as Easter approaches.

The governor announced today she has signed an executive proclamation declaring Wednesday, April 8th a “Day of Prayer” in South Dakota….

South Dakota’s death toll from COVID-19 now stands at six, including two additional deaths announced Tuesday.

The total number of cases has risen to 320, with a peak amount of cases expected in mid-June.

Governor Noem says planning continues for the establishment of two temporary hospitals, one in Sioux Falls and one in Rapid City, to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients…

The State Health Department says 98 South Dakotans who’ve been stricken with the virus have recovered.

Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon explains how a “recovered” patient is defined…

Most of South Dakota’s new cases have been occurring in the eastern half of the state. The secretary was asked about the geographic imbalance…….

For now, people older than 65 in Lincoln and Minnehaha counties, and people with chronic health conditions in those two counties have been ordered to stay home by Governor Noem. The order lasts through the end of April.