The New York Post reports:
South Dakota’s coronavirus cases have begun to soar after its governor steadfastly refused to mandate a quarantine. The number of confirmed cases in the state has risen from 129 to 988 since April 1 — when Gov. Kristi Noem criticized the “draconian measures” of social distancing to stop the spread of the virus in her state.
Noem had criticized the quarantine idea as “herd mentality, not leadership” during a news conference, adding “South Dakota is not New York.”
The state now calls home to one of the largest single clusters of coronavirus outbreaks, with 300 workers at a pork-processing plant infected with the deadly bug. The factory, Smithfield Foods, accounts for five percent of the country’s pork production and was announced it will be forced to close on Sunday.
South Dakota will be the first state to test hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the novel coronavirus in a statewide clinical trial, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday. https://t.co/WY3zHCpsXO
— Evie Fordham (@eviefordham) April 13, 2020
You do what you can.
“The Sioux Falls Mayor is moving forward with a shelter in place ordinance. He asked Gov. Kristi Noem to implement a county-wide order, but the governor has not done so. The mayor is moving forward with a plan within city limits.”https://t.co/cnNxbchHkZ
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 14, 2020
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 15, 2020
Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday she would not consider banning evictions or utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/dO3Fvz3lq1
— Rapid City Journal (@RCJournal) April 14, 2020
Despite pleas from cities across South Dakota, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has held out on issuing a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.https://t.co/E70E8PP3i0
— NPR (@NPR) April 14, 2020