South Dakota's Noem defends forgoing masks as virus surges

Remigio Civitarese
Ноября 20, 2020

In fact, she says, upon diagnosis, many patients continue to insist that they must be sick with something else rather than COVID-19 - lung cancer or pneumonia, perhaps. And then they stop yelling at you when they get intubated.

"There are many states that do have mask mandates in place and some that do not, but I look at their rate of spread and the fact is, is that cases are increasing in many of those states as well", Noem said at a press conference.

On Saturday, South Dakota reported a state record of 53 coronavirus-related deaths.

'She has populist appeal, leadership experience as South Dakota's first female governor and she's been willing to break with the Trump administration on trade wars'. South Dakota ranks in the top seven states for the metric. The state health department reports 20 percent of hospital beds are now occupied with COVID-19 patients. While many patients are "grateful for the care they receive" from nurses, some COVID-19 patients spend their last moments refusing to call family and friends because they're convinced they're going to be fine, Doering said.

Reporters challenged Noem's claim on social media. South Dakota has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate of nearly anywhere in the world - only North Dakota and the entire countries of Belgium and the Czech Republic rank higher.

Ian Fury, a spokesman for Noem, replied to one columnist with the Argus Leader with a link to the Johns Hopkins research showing Wyoming, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana having higher confirmed case rates per 1,000 people.

The number of COVID-19 deaths has skyrocketed in recent weeks. It's not real.' And when they should be...

Sioux Falls will once again be faced with a possible "no lingering" ordinance and potential mask mandate as multiple city council members bring a new plan to their Tuesday meeting.

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to work with governors to implement an effective national mask mandate when he takes office in January. "And I'm also reiterating my request that we all continue to show each other respect and understanding for everybody who makes choices that we may or may not agree with".

"Our greatest enemy is the virus", Noem said.

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