Governor Kristi Noem held a press conference March 24. Kim Balsam-Rysdon, South Dakota Secretary of Health, also fielded questions.
Governor Noem indicated South Dakota has documented 30 cases of COVID-19, including two new cases today. The new cases were in Brookings and Beadle counties. She also said eight of those who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered. Balsam-Rysdon stated there are now two persons hospitalized in South Dakota who tested positive for the virus.
Noem praised teachers for continuing to feed the state’s children and finding innovative methods of reaching school children. She said to flatten the curve she is recommending “kids should stay out their school buildings until May 1.”
Balsam-Rysdon answered questions pertaining to the nine female inmates who walked away from their minimum-security prison facility in Pierre last night.
The inmates escaped after Balsam-Rysdon announced one inmate at the facility had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Balsam-Rysdon said the infected inmate is being kept in isolation and is being monitored along with staff and other inmates who might have come in close proximity. One of the nine inmates who left the prison has been recaptured. Governor Noem confirmed the inmates who escaped and the infected inmate were all from the same unit.
Governor Noem also called for state employees to continue to work from home or telework until May 2.
The charts below show the COVID-19 situation as it stands today:
Data is updated daily by about 12 p.m. noon and includes cases reported through 5 p.m. the previous day.
Last updated: 11:30 am; March 24, 2020
Courtesy of SD DOH