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Gov. Noem: Dr. Fauci agrees with her decision not to issue a ‘stay-at-home’ order

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spoke at length with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the measures the state has put into place to battle COVID-19.

According to Gov. Noem, Fauci previously spoke over the phone with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds about their states' actions.

All three states are among a handful that haven't put in place a "shelter-in-place" or "stay-at-home" order. But, Fauci has said the actions Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota have put into place are similar to a "shelter-in-place" or "stay-at-home" order.

Noem said it was excellent to hear from Fauci that a "one size fits all" approach does not work for every state.

"And he appreciates our efforts here in South Dakota to protect people and be aggressive going forward in making sure that we are slowing down the spread and that we are bending the curve for our people," said Gov. Noem. "We have talked about the science behind the virus, the facts as we see it and he agrees that we in South Dakota are in a very good spot today and are well prepared for that date in the future in June when we could see a peak in our infection rates."

Noem said the state's mitigation efforts have already cut initial projected infection rates in half for the state's peak point in June.

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. to update the public on the state's response to COVID-19.

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

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