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Governor Noem extends order for Lincoln and Minnehaha County vulnerable individuals to stay home

By Kelli Bultena

In a press conference Friday, April 24th South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem extended her executive order specific to residents in Lincoln and Minnehaha County for another two weeks.

Executive Order 2020-13 is mandatory for Lincoln and Minnehaha County, and in part, states that to flatten the curve and slow down hospitalizations due to the spread of COVID-19, adults over the age of sixty-five (65) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, collectively referred to as “Vulnerable Individuals,” shall stay at home or a place of residence if possible, except for vulnerable individuals to work in a critical infrastructure sector job or to conduct essential errands.

A serious underlying medical condition may include chronic lung disease, severe respiratory disorder, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart or cardiac condition, immunosuppression, diabetes, liver disease, chronic kidney disease or someone undergoing dialysis, or other condition identified by one’s medical provider.

Nothing in the Executive Order prohibits working from home, exercising outside, or farming and ranching activities. Nothing in the Order prohibits patronizing businesses or organizations that offer essential services for errands and that have complied with the recommended CDC guidelines.

The stay at home issuance is now effect in Lincoln and Minnehaha County, until May 11, 2020.

Also in the Executive Order for Lincoln and Minnehaha County, Noem states, “Vulnerable Individuals shall also take the following actions to reduce their risk of getting the disease COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC: • Wash hands often; • Take precautions every day to keep space between others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths); • Keep away from people who are sick; • Stock up on supplies; • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services; • Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential travel; and • Call a healthcare professional with questions about underlying medical condition, COVID-19, or if you are sick.”

The order also has recommendations for coping with stress.

Governor Noem states, “By complying with this Executive Order, Vulnerable Individuals may experience increased stress and isolation. Vulnerable Individuals are encouraged to: • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting; • Take care of their body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well­-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs; • Make time to unwind and try to do other activities of enjoyment; • Connect with others and talk with trusted people about concerns and feelings; • Call a healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of daily activities for several days in a row; and • If feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety become overwhelming, call a healthcare provider right away.”

To view the entire order, see this story online at

For more information on COVID-19 in South Dakota visit or call Call South Dakota’s Information Line at 1-800-997-2880.


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