PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Department of Social Services will convene the Commission on Child Support in 2021 rather than 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.

Federal law calls for the review to be completed every four years, and one was to be done in 2020. Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has granted a modification allowing a one-year extension, according to the release.

“With delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, completing the important work of examining child support guidelines has been problematic, so we appreciate the flexibility to thoroughly analyze the data and come to solid conclusions,” South Dakota Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill said. “Economic conditions which feed directly into the review continue to evolve and it is in the best interest of South Dakota’s children to ensure we are working with accurate information.”

The review will analyze data on the cost of raising children and factors for custodial and noncustodial parents, according to the release.

In response to the delay from the federal government, Gov. Kristi Noem issued Executive Order 2020-29 extending the guideline review deadline from December 2020 to December 2021.

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Thursday, July 30, by the South Dakota Department of Health. That leaves the statewide death toll at 129.

The state’s total number of positive cases rose by 44 to 8,685 on Thursday. Of those positive cases, 7,690 have recovered.

Active cases decreased by 37 to 866 on Thursday.

There are 44 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

A total of 631 new test results were reported on Thursday.

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