Governor Kristi Noem reiterated in her news conference Thursday afternoon that the people of South Dakota are doing what they are supposed to be doing so far as far as helping control the spread of COVID-19.  

Noem says that people need to be prepared to continue doing what they are doing for the foreseeable future.

The governor says that along with moving out the peak dates, people need to be prepared for what may be the next wave after that.

Governor Noem says that unemployment claims in the state this week have increased by nearly 49-hundred over the last week’s claims.  Department of Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman urges those who need to file a claim to do so online.

Hultman says that people who file claims will receive a packet and will need to follow the instructions in order to keep their claim active.  She says that people need to be patient, but it is taking some time to process everything because of the sheer volume of claims.

SD Department of Labor – Unemployment information