Noem discusses funding with President; Brown County has 7 new COVID cases

PIERRE, S.D. ( – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem continues to make her wishes known for ways to spend Federal dollars.

Noem, who has said in the past that she would like to use the money to help make up for revenue losses, talked with President Trump on Thursday to again make her pitch.

Noem also visited with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue in light of the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, which has had 853 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The plant has been shuttered for nearly two weeks and Noem is hoping that it will be able to reopen soon.

The state reported 76 new confirmed cases on Thursday, including seven new cases in Brown County. There were also 119 new negative cases and 81 new recoveries, including one in Brown County.

The recoveries have outpaced the new cases every day this week.

The state also reported four new deaths, bringing that total to 17. All four deaths were Minnehaha County residents.

South Dakota currently has 2,449 confirmed cases, 14,579 negative cases, 1,573 recoveries, and 173 total hospitalizations. The state has 859 active COVID-19 cases.

Brown County has 39 confirmed cases, 591 negative cases, and 22 recoveries.