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COVID-19 Updates

Businesses Get Loans
    Governor Kristi Noem and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has announced the first 94 loan recipients of Gov. Noem’s Small Business Relief Fund.
    This fund provides small businesses in South Dakota access to capital to help during this COVID-19 pandemic.
    “This crisis is historic in the worst way. So many small businesses are hurting, but my team at GOED is working to help,” said Noem. “My Small Business Relief Fund has already approved just shy of 100 loans, equaling more than $5 million, to help South Dakota communities from Keystone to Sioux Falls stay on their feet during this unprecedented pandemic.”
    Industries that have been approved for loans include hotels, restaurants, retail, tourism, manufacturing, and others.  To learn more about Governor Noem’s Small Business Relief Fund, visit sdgoed.com/covid-19/.

Virtual Event Set At NSU
    Though they can’t come to campus right now, incoming Northern State University Wolves can still get a full orientation experience and register for fall classes online through the new NSU Virtual HOWL Day.
    The Virtual Howl Day is an extension of the traditional on-campus HOWL Freshman Registration Program. Through this online event, students will be able to participate in registration day activities remotely, including meeting with their advisor, learning academic expectations and becoming familiar with campus.
    At this point, Northern plans to resume on-campus HOWL dates this summer, with events scheduled throughout the summer. For more information, contact NSU Admissions at admissions@northern.edu or 1-800-678-5330.

Coordinating Mask-Makers
    In response to the need for cloth masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 211 Helpline Center has launched a platform to coordinate volunteers with the organizations who are in need of masks.
    The goal is to provide ease of connecting volunteers that are working diligently on mask-making to the community organizations that need their support.
    If you’d like to volunteer to make masks, simply sign up with the organization of your choice for the number of masks you would like to donate. Choose your design from the printable masks designs information on the CDC site.     Once a volunteer has submitted the donation form, they will receive an email with details on how to deliver masks to the organization. We’re also accepting requests from non-profit organizations that are in need of cloth mask donations.     For information on additional volunteer opportunities, call the Helpline Center at 211 or visit volunteer.helplinecenter.org.

Noem Extends Executive Order
    Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders on Friday to continue South Dakota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.
    Executive Order 2020-18 extends Executive Order 2020-13 for two weeks, through May 11, 2020. The EO applies to Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. It directs adults over the age of 65 and people of any age who have certain serious underlying medical conditions to stay at home. The EO includes exceptions for those who are in a critical infrastructure jobs, for essential errands, and the like.
Executive Order 2020-19 provides additional regulatory flexibility to assist in the COVID-19 response.
    To learn more about executive orders to fight the COVID-19 pandemic visit COVID.sd.gov.

Business Loans Again Available
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed the process of approving loans for small businesses in the United States on Monday after President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act last week.
    It was the second bill to help small businesses continue to pay workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding in the initial bill had been depleted.
ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program is funded so that small businesses can keep hardworking Americans on the payroll.
    The SBA will accept PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.  This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.
    For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, visit: sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

Donation To SDCF
    In response to many immediate needs due to the coronavirus, Delta Dental of South Dakota (DDSD) Foundation has contributed $200,000 to the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) Coronavirus Response Fund.
    “The Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors was immediately drawn to the statewide response efforts underway by the South Dakota Community Foundation,” said Scott Jones, DDSD Foundation Board President. “The distributions they are making to provide critical, front-line services to those in need align with our Board’s priorities and we are honored to partner with them in this work.”
    Last month, in efforts to aid communities and nonprofits in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, the SDCF established the Coronavirus Response Fund. The Fund provides support to nonprofit and community organizations directly addressing the needs of those affected by coronavirus, whether due to actual infection by the virus or by efforts to curb or prevent the spread of the virus.
    The SDCF recently distributed dollars to the following nonprofits to address immediate concerns: American Red Cross, Feeding South Dakota, Helpline Center, Lutheran Social Services, Partnership With Native Americans, The Salvation Army and to 11 adult nutrition centers across South Dakota.
    The Foundation is also providing matching grants to Community Savings Account partners that are responding to local community needs as a result of the Coronavirus. Nearly $600,000 has been made available from the Coronavirus Response Fund to organizations and communities across South Dakota to date.
    “As a statewide community foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across South Dakota every day,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation’s generous gift allows us to continue deploying much needed funding to address the myriad of issues posed by the Coronavirus. We are grateful and humbled by their support.”
    In addition to gifts from the SDCF’s South Dakota Fund and the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, several South Dakotans have already committed to the statewide response fund since its launch last month. If you would like to ensure that people impacted by the coronavirus receive the help they need, consider a gift to the SDCF Coronavirus Response Fund. One hundred percent of the funds collected go directly towards addressing coronavirus concerns in our state.
    Donations can be made on-line at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/covid-19/ or by sending a check to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501.

Momentun Is Building
    Momentum is building around a statewide community formed with the mission of spreading hope and light to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
    On March 30 Sioux Falls came together to light up the night. The purpose was to show support and appreciation for healthcare workers here and around the world; to spread hope to those who are sick during this pandemic; and to honor businesses that have closed their doors, people who have lost their jobs, and those who are struggling with mental health. The event was an overwhelming success.
    As a result, organizer Tony Erickson decided to take the event statewide.     “These are trying times for everyone whether you’re a frontline worker, someone who is sick, a business owner that is hurting, or a person trying to work from home and help your children learn,” said Erickson. “But, as South Dakotans, we are strong, we are resilient, and we’re good at being there for one another.”
    On or about the night of May 1, residents, communities, schools, and businesses across the state are invited to go outside to “let it shine.”
    Helicopters, planes, and drones will take to the skies, and photographers will be a safe distance on the ground, to capture photos of businesses, schools, and households. Everyone is urged to turn on their lights that night. At the Sioux Falls event, families took to their driveways and yards, using flashlights, fire pits, Christmas lights and everything in between. A Facebook livestream of that event had reached almost 90,000 people and 36,000 people engaged in the post.
    “As I hung out the side of the helicopter with my camera that night, I was blown away by all the twinkling lights over Sioux Falls. I could see everything and it’s almost hard to put into words,” said Collin McKenzie, partner with Storybuilt Media which helped with the project. “I’m looking forward to seeing what South Dakota looks like all lit up as well.”
    In addition to shining hope, the mission is to also raise funds for the South Dakota Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund. The purpose of the fund is to ensure that South Dakotan’s impacted financially by the pandemic get the financial help and support they need. T-shirts are also being developed as part of the fundraiser.
    “Momentum is building,” said Erickson, “and details continue to come together. We cannot wait to see what our communities come up with to show their support.”
     Currently plans are being made to light up school stadiums across the state. Black Hills Aerial Adventures has committed helicopters to the event. And efforts continue to secure drones, videographers, and photographers. Tee shirts are being designed and proceeds from the sale will also go to the Coronavirus Response Fund.
    Weather will play the biggest role in the timing of the event. But, for now it is planned for 9:30 pm CST on May 1.  While organizations and families plan how they will light up the night, safety is encouraged first and foremost.
    “This is not an invitation for people to gather in large groups,” stresses Erickson. “We need to practice safety and social distancing. Have fun, get creative, but do so in a way that is respectful of everyone’s health and wellness.”
    Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date details on the event and the growing community.

Virus Cases Top Million
    Coronavirus numbers topped the one million mark in the United States on Tuesday.
    Numbers at 4 p.m. Tuesday stood at 1.03 million in the country with 58,412 deaths, up from 810,276 cases and 44,234 deaths a week ago.  World-wide numbers stood at 3.08 million cases and 214,000 deaths, compared to last week’s 2,531,804 cases and 174,336 deaths.
    South Dakota cases rose to 2,245 and 11 deaths compared to 1,635 cases and seven deaths a week ago.  Marshall County continues to have just one positive case.

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