South Dakota Gov. Noem signs two executive orders to fight COVID-19 pandemic

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PIERRE, S.D. (KCAU) – Governor Kristi Noem held a news briefing in the South Dakota State Capitol on Tuesday.

The briefing discussed the developments that surround the coronavirus in the state.

Watch the replay of the live stream above.

On Monday, Governor Noem signed two Executive Orders (EO) to fight the spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota.

The first EO updates the previous executive order’s guidelines for residents in the state by replacing “should” with “shall” and extends the timeline to May 31.

The second executive order applies to the Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. Specifically, it directs the adults that are over the age of 65 and people of all ages who have serious underlying medical conditions to stay at home.

The EO includes exceptions for those who are in critical infrastructure jobs, for essential errands, and the like.

“We are at a critical juncture. So we’re asking these two groups in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties—those who are most vulnerable—to really take this seriously and stay home for three weeks. That will help us further flatten the curve,” said Governor Noem.

For more information about the executive orders to fight against COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

She also announced in the news conference that April 8, 2020 as a Day of Prayer.

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