PIERRE, S.D. — Get ready for a long battle with the COVID-19 virus.

Governor Kristi Noem told South Dakotans during a Facebook live event Sunday afternoon, we’re just getting started….

“This isn’t going away anytime soon,” Noem said.

Noem says this is why it’s important to “flatten the curve” so the state can ease the impact.

Earlier Sunday Noem announced seven new COVID-19 infections including six in Beadle County and one in Brown County.

On Sunday night during an emergency meeting, the Huron City Commission approved an ordinance ordering the closing of many non-essential businesses in the city. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open however.