Noem says South Dakota’s COVID-19 cases holding steady at eight

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday the spread of the COVID-19 virus has been limited in the state and there have been no new positive tests.

She said the eight people who tested positive for the coronavirus had traveled outside the state and that their contact with people in South Dakota was limited.

Health officials were testing seven people with symptoms of the virus who had come into contact with those people. The state’s health lab was waiting on results for 41 test samples.

The state’s public universities told students to stay away from campus for an extra week of spring break.

The mayor of Sioux Falls has declared a state of emergency aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

A South Dakota lawmaker is being tested for COVID-19 as the Legislature neared the end of its session.

Republican Rep. Spencer Gosch decided to get tested Thurdsay morning because he felt ill. Gosch was avoiding contact with others as a precaution.

South Dakota has had eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. One patient with underlying health problems has died.