Mass COVID-19 testing underway in South Dakota, but only at Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls

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PIERRE, S.D. (KCAU) – Mass COVID-19 testing is underway in South Dakota, but only at the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls.

Gov. Kristi Noem authorized the site as a way to help that meatpacker resume operations.

For now, requests for similar public testing have not been met.

“I don’t see us moving into the direction of universal testing at this time, but certainly as we need to get back people back to work, we will use testing to support that. Our plan will continue to evolve as testing evolves and as we have more reliable anti-body testing that will certainly be part of our plan, said SD Sec of Health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

As for when Smithfield could be back up to full operation, Governor Noem said it will likely be five to six days before that happens.

She held a news conference on Monday at the South Dakota State Capitol.

The conference discussed the developments that surround COVID-19 in the state.

South Dakota Department of Health reported 37 new cases of the virus and 31 more people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Watch the replay of the live stream below or on the KCAU 9 News Facebook page.

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