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South Dakota governor extends order for older residents to stay home in Lincoln, Minnehaha Counties

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is extending an executive order for older residents to stay home in a pair of counties including one in Siouxland.

Through the end of April, Noem's order tells businesses to limit gatherings, and orders people in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties to stay home if they are over 65, or have chronic health problems.

Noem said some of those health issues include chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, diabetes, liver disease, chronic kidney disease, and people on dialysis.

"Those individuals and those 65 years or older, I am telling you to stay home for the next three weeks if you live in Minnehaha or Lincoln Counties. This will be incredibly helpful to us as we work towards flattening the curve in the state of South Dakota. And in that area that is heavily populated," Gov. Noem.

Noem is also proclaiming Wednesday a day of prayer in the state.

As of April 7, South Dakota is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the state's total to 320.

The majority of those cases are in the Sioux Falls area, but the virus has been detected in every Siouxland county. Six South Dakotans have died due to the virus, but 98 people have recovered.

South Dakota has tested over 6,200 people, a little over 5% have tested positive.


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WATCH LIVE: SD Gov. Noem COVID-19 News Conference

WATCH LIVE: SD Gov. Noem COVID-19 News Conference

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is scheduled to hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. to update the public on the state's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on KTIV.com, click here.

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KTIV will also be broadcasting the news conference on channel 4.1.

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