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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took to the podium Monday, with her secretary of health Kim Malsam-Rysdon to give an update to the COVID-19 situation across the state.  Governor Noem first addressed some executive orders she signed months ago and their status moving forward.

 

The order signed in April called on people 65-years and older along with people who are immunocompromised to shelter in place in Lincoln and Minnehaha counties expired Monday.  According to Noem she feels its appropriate to let this expire but will revisit if necessary...

 

 

 

 

Many in the state have expressed concern for Brown county as its positive COVID-19 cases have doubled over the last weekend.  Almost all of that can be attributed to the DemKota beef plant just outside of Aberdeen.  According to health secretary Malsam-Rysdon, DemKota is on top of COVID-19 in its facility…

 

 

 

 

Governor Noem also addressed her disagreements with some of the Native American tribes in the state.  The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has set up COVID-19 checkpoints at the entrance to the reservation and Governor Noem has ordered those be removed.  She could not cite specific examples, but says these checkpoints could prevent emergency responders and necessary travel through South Dakota…

 

 

 

 

The tribe says the checkpoints are necessary due to the lack of medical resources available should a COVID-19 breakout take place on the reservation.  The tribe also points to a 1990 case, Rosebud Sioux Tribe vs. State of South Dakota, which has already ruled the state has no jurisdiction over highways running through Indians land within the state. 

 

 

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