Governor Kristi Noem has declared a state of emergency, which allows state agencies to accept funding or other resources to treat and stop the spread of COVID-19.
In a press conference on Friday, the governor announced several other precautions—including statewide school closures.
Governor Noem is calling for all public k-12 schools to close next week. She’s encouraging private schools to do the same.
“I’m recommending the schools use this time to clean their facilities and to prepare for the following week,” she says during the announcement.