Noem extends one executive order and issues new one

PIERRE, S.D. ( – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem extended one executive order and issued another one on Monday.

Noem extended her original executive order which closed classrooms and implemented distance learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order was extended through the end of May which means that students will not return to classrooms for the remainder of the spring. It also signaled the cancelation of all spring sports and the state high school basketball tournaments which had been postponed from March.

Noem also issued a new executive order impacting residents in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, which has the most reported positive cases of COVID-19.

The state reported 48 new cases on Monday bringing the total to 288. It also had 379 new negative cases bringing that number to 5,732. There were also seven new recoveries moving that total to 91. Brown County saw an increase of four new positive cases bringing the total to 13 with five recoveries.

Noem said the state’s current numbers indicate a much better projection for the future.