Noem Asks South Dakotans To Pause And Reflect On The Good Around Them Amid Coronavirus

(KCCR) — Governor Kristi Noem took a different approach to a brief media availability Wednesday. She spoke directly to South Dakotans asking all of us to step back and pause…

“Put down your smartphones, turn off your TVs, maybe go for a walk, visit with your families; spend some time with them. Call a loved one, just take a break. Focus on the good things that you have in your life, the blessings. Reflect with gratitude and how fortunate we are in this country to live in the modern world. A threat like this can break us down, or it can make us truly appreciate the many blessings we do have. If there’s anything that we can all rally around today at this moment, is that we all have a common enemy and that’s this virus.”
Noem also praised the hard work of those behind the scenes addressing the virus…

“Just yesterday I had a young man who passed out in the middle of a meeting from dehydration. He’s doing well today and he’s at home resting, but I share that with you because what you need to know and what I need you to know is that the folks that are helping me…the faceless state employees who are doing everything they can to get that information to you to help those who have questions; who need guidance about what kind of resources there are or how they can help people; they are working 60, 70 to 80 hours a week. This includes EMS workers, hospital workers and many volunteers in your communities.”
The Governor says this moment in time is one that can unite us together…

“My hope is that despite this situation we all find a way to allow this to help bring us all together. To remind us of what is truly important in life. To remind us of three things, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.”
Noem took no questions from reporters on the conference call. The State Health Lab is reporting 11 new Covid-19 cases brining the statewide total to 41 positive cases.