Trump Issues COVID-19 Disaster Declaration For South Dakota

Pierre, S.D. (AP) – President Trump Sunday declared a major disaster in the state of South Dakota because of the coronavirus/COVID-19. The declaration provides federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by COVID-19.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal and certain eligible local governments as well as certain private non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures.

Meanwhile, the South Dakota Dept of Health yesterday reported another 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24-hours, the 4th straight day of at least 20 year years. None of the new cases were in West River and the number of counties with at least one case remains at 31.

South Dakota has had 240 positive cases with 4 deaths, including State Representative Bob Glanzer of Huron, a retired agriculture loan officer and a past manager of the South Dakota State Fair.

His son Tom posted on Facebook that Glanzer died Friday night in a Sioux Falls Hospital. The veteran lawmaker had fallen ill almost 2 weeks earlier and several other family members were part of an early cluster of cases around Huron

Glanzer’s wife, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece were all infected and his niece died early last week.

On Friday, Gov. Kristi Noem said the state is preparing for anywhere from 30% to 70% of the population to be infected, which means up to 600,000 people with the disease and as many as 5,000 hospitalizations. She’s not sure what the death toll from the virus will be..

Noem has activated the South Dakota National Guard to set up 100-bed field hospitals in Rapid City and Sioux Falls to help prepare for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

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