PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Wednesday as a Day of Prayer after reports of two more coronavirus/COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state total to 6, and 32 new confirmed cases for a total of 320.
Noem says it’s an appropriate time for a Day of Prayer since this is Holy Week for Christians, leading up to Eastern Sunday.
Noem asks citizens “to pray for success in the fight of this disease, to pray for comfort for those who have lost someone, to pray for strength for all of those who continue to fight, both in South Dakota and around the world.”
Noem still hasn’t issued a stay-at-home order or told businesses to close, but she did issue some stronger executive orders Monday. She says the new orders are necessary to delay a surge in hospitalizations but that a statewide lock down on daily life is still not needed.
The orders tell businesses to limit group sizes and directs people in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties – two COVID-19 hotbeds – to stay home if they are over 65 or have chronic health problems.