COVID-19 virus confirmed in five SD residents

The COVID-19 virus known as the coronavirus is confirmed in at least five South Dakota residents.  One of those residents has died, but Governor Kristi Noem says it’s unknown if COVID-19 was a contributing factor in the Pennington County man’s death.

That person was in the 60 to 69 year old age bracket.  Others with presumptive positive tests for COVID-19 are from Beadle, Charles Mix, Davison and Minnehaha Counties in age ranges from 30 to 69 years old.  Four are male and one is female. Noem says state resources put in place weeks earlier are being activated.

Noem says those common sense things are the same things you should be doing every day to stay healthy.

The state is ordering more testing kits, according to Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

A website and hotline are in place for more information.  The toll-free hotline number is 1-800-997-2880. The website is

(Thanks, KCCR Radio)