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No coronavirus stay-home order in South Dakota despite hot spot traced to Smithfield plant
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem remains among a handful of governors who have not issued statewide stay-at-home orders as most of her state's coronavirus cases are clustered around a Smithfield pork processing center in the state's biggest city, Sioux Falls.
Noem has extended her state's emergency declaration until May 31, closing schools and encouraging telework, and resists a one-size-fits-all approach. The state has reported six deaths out of 988 cases, and the governor has directed via executive order that adults over 65 in the state's hot zone to stay home.
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“From Day 1, we’ve based our decisions on the science, facts, and data of the situation on the ground in South Dakota," Noem told FOX Business in a statement. "Smithfield is a critical infrastructure industry in our nation’s food supply, and we are committed to working with them to get through this.”
The state's mitigation efforts have flattened the curve and pushed back the state's peak in hospitalizations from April to June, according to projections cited by the governor's office.