COVID-19: the latest

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With the country, the state and the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations officially under a state of emergency due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are advised to heed warnings and abide by recommendations from public health officials and government agencies.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier ordered all bars on the reservation to close by 5 p.m. MT Tuesday. He also ordered all restaurants, cafes, and delis to transition to carry out, delivery or curb-side service only. He ordered all businesses to follow business guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Anyone who has questions is asked to contact him at

Gov. Kristi Noem has thus far resisted issuing a statewide order closing bars and restaurants, choosing instead to allow individual municipal, county or tribal governments to not only put those types of restrictions in place, but also to enforce them. She did, however, on Monday recommend schools remain closed through May 1 (more on page 3A).





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