Governor Kristi Noem mandated last Friday, March 13, that all K-12 schools close statewide. Noem expanded the closure period a second week during a press conference on Tuesday and directed schools remain closed March 23-27.

Noem said schools should use this time to "clean their facilities and prepare for the following week."

The madate is in line with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) directive that social distancing be practiced.

"We will continue to reevaluate, which is what we've been doing all along on all of these decisions," Noem said when asked about when schools will reopen.

ABO Superintendent Kevin Pickner says the district has “e-learning platforms in place scheduled to begin March 23rd for all k-12 students.”

The South Dakota Supreme Court has issued a judicial emergency, authorizing the seven circuits to modify and suspend court orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their areas.

Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and area residential care facilities and nursing homes are prohibiting visitors in order to prevent the spread of the virus to patients who are particularly vulnerable. The Onida Clinic stresses that anyone with flu-like symptoms should call the clinic at 258-2635   before entering the clinic.