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South Dakota has its first positive tests for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a press release from the office of Gov. Kristi Noem, the tests were confirmed positive by the Public Health Lab in Pierre.

“The cases are travel related,” Noem said in a press release. “While we wait for the CDC to conduct their confirmatory testing, the Department of Health staff is working to identify additional people who came in close contact with these individuals to decrease the spread of illness.

“Our team has been preparing for weeks, and I am confident we have the right people in place to address this fluid situation. Without panicking, I encourage all South Dakotans to take this seriously — now is the time to prepare and to stay informed.”

No other details were available.

Noem was scheduled to give a press conference on the situation late Tuesday afternoon.

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