As the number of South Dakotans contracting the COVID-19 virus, and dying from it continues to rise, Governor Kristi Noem hopes people will take time to rely on the power of prayer as Easter approaches.

The governor announced yesterday that she has signed an executive proclamation declaring today, April 8th a Day of Prayer in the state.

Governor Noem says planning continues for the establishment of two temporary hospitals, one in Sioux Falls and one in Rapid City, to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients.

The State Health Department says 98 South Dakotans who’ve been stricken with the virus have recovered.  State Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon explains how a “recovered” patient is defined.

Most of South Dakota’s new cases have been occurring in the eastern half of the state. 

For now, people older than 65 in Lincoln and Minnehaha counties and people with chronic health conditions in those two counties have been ordered to stay home by Governor Noem. The order lasts through the end of April. 

(Thanks, KWAT)