The state held an 11:45 a.m. news conference on COVID-19. In the news conference, Governor Kristi Noem said she is asking schools to close state wide starting next week. She is also postponing all state tournaments.
She has also signed a state of emergency order for South Dakota.
Just days after announcing the first cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota, the state is up to nine positive test results.
Governor Kristi Noem said in a tweet there were 46 negative tests and one positive test for COVID-19.
All schools on Cheyenne River will be closed next week, according to an official from CRST Chairman Frazier’s Office. In a letter, the chairman wrote:
“All Tribal, Federal, state government public and private schools,
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 all public, grant and private schools on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation will be closed for one week. We are expecting the schools to be closed until Monday, March 23, 2020. We will evaluate the necessity for the schools to be closed longer as the situation dictates or new developments.
The following institutions will be affected, but are not limited to: LOWI School, Takini School, Tiospaye Topa School, Dupree School, Windswept Academy, Tribal Day Care, CRST Headstart, Timber Lake School, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School and Cherry Creek Christian School.”