- Kristi Noem said her state’s pandemic response has been better than “virtually every other state.”
- The South Dakota Governor has refused to issue a statewide mask mandate.
- For months, South Dakota was one of the riskiest states in the country in terms of COVID-19 cases.
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem touted her response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a Fox News interview Tuesday night, suggesting that her state has fared better than almost all other states, despite having a higher rate of overall cases than every state but one.
One out of every 500 South Dakotans has died from COVID-19, and one in every eight residents has contracted the virus.