First case of COVID-19 reported in Lincoln County

On Wednesday, March 25 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Dakota was up to 41, with hundreds of tests pending in both the state lab and commercial labs.

The first case in Lincoln County was reported, the community of residence was not released at press time. Minnehaha County saw confirmed cases increase to 13. Up to date information can be found on www.doh.sd.gov.

Community spread has been found in the following counties: Minnehaha, Lincoln, Beadle, Hughes, Lyman and McCook.

Gov. Kristi Noem had previously announced Tuesday, March 24 that South Dakota schools will remain closed until May 1. She said that state employees will also continue to work remotely until May 2.

She said that the state will reevaluate in coming weeks to determine if students will return to school buildings before the end of the school year.

She added that schools have done “phenomenal work” in serving families during the pandemic and teachers have gone “above and beyond”.

According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, following a press conference with Mayor Paul TenHaken Wednesday afternoon, “because of substantial community spread in Minnehaha, meaning five or more confirmed cases whose origin cannot be traced, TenHaken wanted to reiterate the measures his administration is taking to slow the spread.”

Lincoln County has now seen a moderate level of community spread, TenHaken added.

In response, TenHaken is recommending that the city board of health enact an ordinance to limit businesses to having fewer than 10 patrons at one time.

The City of Lennox has drafted An Emergency Ordinance to Address a Public Health Crisis deemed necessary to slow the community spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Under SDCL 9-32-1. The ordinance includes measures that would close non-essential businesses and had the first reading at an emergency meeting on March 25. The ordinance was influenced by Governor Kristi Noem’s recent executive order that has set a baseline for decision-making related to the novel coronavirus in South Dakota.

The City of Tea also took its own action in a special meeting March 24 to address the issue, passing a resolution that states that they are adopting what Gov. Kristi Noem put in place earlier in the week. The resolution recommends following CDC guidelines and encourages businesses to suspend or modify business practices. To read the full resolution, turn to page 6 of this week's Tea Weekly, or visit online at www.teaweekly.com.

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