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South Dakota reports 36 more positive COVID-19 cases
Source:  Latest | The Daily Republic
Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:14

mitchellrepublic - Of the 165 total positive cases, the bulk of those cases have been reported in Sioux Falls area counties

COVID-19: 36 new cases since Wednesday; 165 total in state.
Source:  Mobridge Tribune
Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:13

The latest COVID-19 test result numbers released Thursday morning show the state with 165 total positive cases.

A total of 36 new positive coronavirus cases were announced, bringing the total positive case count to 165, up from Wednesday (129). There were 21 new cases and the state’s second confirmed death on Wednesday.

Recoveries increased by 6, for a total of 57, up from Wednesday (51). There were seven new recoveries announced Wednesday. Active cases, currently positive COVID-19 cases, increased to 106 from Wednesday (76). Collective total hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at 17. The figure was first announced on Tuesday; it remained at 12 on Wednesday.

Noem will ask National Guard to build 100-bed units
Source:  Watertown Public Opinion
Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:06

As COVID-19 numbers tick up in South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem has announced that she will be requesting help from the National Guard to build up capacity in the state's two major cities to deal with an oncoming surge in…

Noem: ‘We have been able to bend the curve a great deal’
Source:  Black Hills Pioneer
Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:00

PIERRE –– Gov. Kristi Noem said South Dakota is in a good position dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak during her Wednesday press conference.

Vandals damage vehicles in SE Watertown
Source:  Watertown Public Opinion
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:51

The Watertown Police Department is reporting that more than $5,000 in damage to several vehicles has recently been done by vandals with a BB or pellet gun.

Checkpoints on Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation border
Source:  Potter County News
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:49

In an effort to protect people during the Covid-19 pandemic, checkpoints are being set up on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation border on US 212. According to a story by Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle, editor of the West River Eagle in Eagle Butte, the borders are not closed, but checkpoints will help to monitor motorists as part of the CRST emergency response plans. Out-of-state motorists will not be allowed onto the reservation, except for trucks and vendors delivering supplies for businesses on the reservation, or those providing proof of tribal membership or reservation residency. The checkpoint is planned to be near the bridge, across the river from Bob’s Resort.

Please click the link below to read more details in her story on the WRE website.

STD Awareness Month Doesn’t Just Apply to Humans
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:47

April is STD Awareness Month, and cows should not be left out of the conversation. Trichomoniasis, or trich, is a sexually transmitted disease that has the ability to cut a calf crop in half, according to Boehringer Ingelheim. Infected animals may show no outward signs, which is why trich often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. When bulls are infected with trich, it is considered a lifelong infection with no legal treatment. While cows can clear the disease, they will likely experience reproductive failures such as infertility and low pregnancy rates. Boehringer Ingelheim suggests producers take a moment during STD Awareness Month to learn about trich, and work with a veterinarian to put a prevention plan in place that includes testing, bull selection, record keeping, biosecurity measures and vaccination. Boehringer Ingelheim says it’s important to work with a veterinarian to develop management practices and a vaccination regimen to keep your herd STD free.

SD Historical Society requests women’s suffrage movement items
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:46

As part of this year’s Her Vote. Her Voice. Campaign, the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is collecting and preserving suffrage artifacts documenting the women’s suffrage movement in South Dakota.

Examples of suffrage materials include, but are not limited to, banners, signs/posters, sashes, ribbons, recordings of suffrage songs, books/booklets/pamphlets, letters (correspondence), photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks or other documents.

Individuals or groups wanting to donate archival or museum materials relating to women’s suffrage to the State Historical Society should contact archives and museum representatives Matthew T. Reitzel (archives) at 605-773-3615 or or Katy Schmidt (museum) at 605-773-6013 or Reitzel and Schmidt will coordinate all donations of materials to the State Historical Society.

In addition to donations of women’s suffrage artifacts, the society is collecting contributions that will be used to properly process, preserve, and store the items collected. For more information on how to donate, go to or call 605-773-6003.

The foundation is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Photo: A women’s suffrage parade takes place at Erwin in Kingsbury County in the early 1900s. (Photo courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives)

US Attorney urges reporting suspected COVID-19 fraud or price gouging
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:45

The United States Attorney’s Office is urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19.

Attorney General William Barr has created the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys, Barr said they will aggressively pursue bad actors who amass critical supplies either far beyond what they could use or for the purpose of profiteering. He says scarce medical supplies need to be going to hospitals for immediate use in care, not to warehouses for later overcharging. Barr says the Department is committed to preventing hoarding and price gouging for critical supplies during this crisis.

US Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons says report the fraud by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721) or email information to the NCDF (

The NCDF coordinates complaints with 16 federal law enforcement agencies, as well as state Attorneys General and local authorities.

Some examples of COVID-19 schemes include:

  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures or fake testing kits for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.
  • Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.

In coordination with the Department of Justice, Attorney General William Barr has directed U.S. Attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of Coronavirus fraud schemes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman has been named South Dakota’s Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator.

Internet providers confident networks can handle increased use
Source:  Watertown Public Opinion
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:45

As the COVID-19 pandemic has moved office and school work almost exclusively to the internet, two regional service providers say they’ve been able to handle the increased load.

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