Gov. Noem holds press conference on coronavirus

South Dakota News

PIERRE, S.D. (KCAU) – Governor Kristi Noem held a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss developments surrounding coronavirus in South Dakota.

Watch a replay below.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported 165 have tested positive. There have been two deaths associated with the virus, 17 are hospitalized, and another 57 have recovered. There are also 4,217 negative cases and 0 pending.

They said that there are six cases between the age of 0 and 19 years, 30 between 20-29 years, 22 between 30-39 years, 31 between 40-49 years, 36 between 50-59 years, 26 between 60-69 years, 8 between 70-79 years, and six 80-years or older.


The CDC said that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild, but about 16% of cases are serious. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing a serious illness.

Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone that develops the symptoms and has been in contact with some who has the virus or has recently traveled from where the virus is widespread is asked to see a doctor.

To help prevent the spread, people are asked to do the following:

  • Wash their hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Below are various health organizations with information on COVID-19.

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