PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Governor Kristi Noem says a shipment of a key antiviral drug is being sent to the state this week to help treat severe cases of the coronavirus.
The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the intravenous medication remdesivir for emergency use, and Noem says it’s intended for South Dakota’s “very worst cases.”
Also on the coronavirus front, Noem has appointed retired banker Lynn Schneider, the brother-in-law of the late State Representative Bob Glanzer, to serve out the remaining 7 months of his term.
The 74-year old Glanzer died last month from COVID-19 while running unopposed for reelection in next month’s primary. The Republican Central Committees in Beadle and Kingsbury counties will name a candidate to take Glanzer’s place on the November general election ballot.
South Dakota added another 97 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bring the total to 3,614 with Minnehaha County alone accounting for nearly 3,000. On the positive side, the number of deaths remained unchanged at 34.