PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota's Department of Health is confirming 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 58.
Officials say, so far, 21 people who tested positive for the virus have recovered.
Next week, state lawmakers will meet, in Pierre, to vote on a number of bills to help the state respond to the virus.
The South Dakota Medical Association says Governor Kristi Noem should order restaurants and bars to shut down and halt all elective procedures.
Noem was asked Friday whether she has the authority to mandate these closures.
"I've been very clear on that, that businesses should have that opportunity to serve their customers, to be innovative. to protect their people and to make sure they are given the opportunity to have their employees earn a wage and to keep food on the tables for their families. So that is a decision I have made as governor. My Executive Order laid that out very clearly. Our emergency Declaration statewide gives me all of the authorities I need to continue to take the actions that we are taking at the state. And also gives the flexibility for those at the local level to do what they think they need to do in their areas," said Gov. Noem.
Earlier this week Noem said the state won't be out of the woods in just a few weeks. She said people will need to sustain these activities for at least two months, if not longer.
PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday to discuss developments regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The news conference is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.
As of March 27, South Dakota has had 58 total cases of COVID-19 in the state. This includes a new case in southeast South Dakota's Union County.
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