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Gov. Noem hesitant to use power to mitigate COVID-19 spread, local government stepping up instead

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been hesitant to do anything to stop the spread of COVID-19, beyond calling on people to socially distance and stay home if sick, as cases spike and hospitalizations are on the rise in the state. 


Because of this, city governments and school districts are stepping up and making big decisions.  Monday night, the Huron city commission passed a resolution 5-0 to require face coverings be worn in many public areas.  The resolution does not punish people for noncompliance.  Huron mayor Gary Harrington explained the commission's thinking...





The Harrisburg school board voted 4-1 at a special meeting Monday night mandating masks be worn in school buildings. 


The Mitchell city council advanced an ordinance requiring mask usage in the city Monday.  Mitchell mayor Bob Everson hopes to declare an emergency to enact it sooner...






Masks were discussed informally at the Fort Pierre City Council meeting.  No action was taken, but mayor Gloria Hanson says this pandemic is beyond personal responsibility...






Finally Rapid City public schools, the third largest school district in the state will move to distance learning Wednesday as more than 10 percent of the Rapid City Area school workforce is unable to work due to COVID-19.