State Reports 41 COVID-19 Test Kits Pending, Daily Updates At Noon

Mar 12, 2020

State officials say there are no new presumptive positive cases of COVID 19. There are 41 pending test kits that they say will get announced by noon on Friday.

Governor Kristi Noem says they’re testing and monitoring seven individuals who came in close contact with the eight presumptive positive cases. She says none of those cases participated in large community events.

Noem says the state website devoted to COVID-19 information will update case information at noon every day.

“We anticipate that new positive cases, how many tests that have been run, how many negative cases that there are will all be listed on that website with all other information that people need to have to get their questions answered each and every day. The website is: covid.sd.gov. The 800 number is 800-997-2880.”

Noem is reminding those who might be experiencing symptoms to reach out to their providers and come up with a plan. She says those without providers can reach out to federally qualified providers in their communities...

“And go through the protocols and get tests free of charge,” Noem says. “I would encourage individuals to do that. If they aren’t sure where those places are in their communities, they are listed on the website.”

The state is receiving $4.5 million dollars from the Centers for Disease Control, which Department of Health officials say will go toward virus response efforts.