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Sioux Falls mayor asks governor for shelter-in-place order

Chart showing per capita COVID-19 cases in Sioux Falls and other similar-sized cities, via the...
Chart showing per capita COVID-19 cases in Sioux Falls and other similar-sized cities, via the City of Sioux Falls (KSFY)
Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 9:52 AM CDT
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UPDATE, 12 p.m.

Gov. Kristi Noem said she is "evaluating" Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken's request for a shelter-in-place order.

Noem said in a briefing Monday the state needs to consider several factors regarding a shelter-in-place order, including appropriate timing. She added that the city's level of spread is still within the state's projection models.

The city can still pursue a municipal shelter-in-place order, but TenHaken said state law requires a seven-day public notice before the order could be implemented. The governor could issue an order that takes effect immediately.

TenHaken said he will move to pass a shelter-in-place order in Sioux Falls if Noem does not grant the request for an order in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. The City Council could potentially see a first reading of the measure at their meeting Tuesday.

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Sioux Falls mayor Paul TenHaken has asked Gov. Kristi Noem for a shelter-in-place order for Sioux Falls as the city continues to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

In a briefing Monday, TenHaken compared the city's outbreak to other similar-sized city, saying Sioux Falls has a higher per-capita infection rate than others.

TenHaken said he asking the governor to implement a three-week shelter-in-place order. It would limit residents' non-essential activities outside the home.

The mayor said people would still be able to go to work, get groceries and gas, and do outdoor activities as long as they maintain social distancing guidelines.

When it comes to how to enforce the order, TenHaken said that decision is up to state officials.

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Sioux Falls city leaders are set to deliver an update about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Mayor Paul TenHaken will deliver a media briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday. You can watch it live on our

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Sioux Falls coronavirus briefing

Live at 10:30: Sioux Falls city leaders are giving an update about efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Posted by Dakota News Now on Monday, April 13, 2020