Covid has been blowing up in the Dakotas, as I predicted it would months ago. The state has averaged more than 1,000 cases every day this month. Deaths from Covid-19 have surged 74% in just the last two weeks.
Yet the Governors of both Dakotas refused to enact a mask mandate until four days ago when the North Dakota Governor Doug Borgum finally relented. Not so with the neighbor to the south. Rising GOP star South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem believes that mask wearing is a matter of personal freedom. No mask mandates, no stay at home orders.
"There are many others who question the effectiveness of masks, and South Dakotans should take the time to read this information so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their families. As I've said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so. Similarly, those who don't want to wear a mask shouldn't be shamed into wearing one. And government should not mandate it. We need to respect each other's decisions -- in South Dakota, we know a little common courtesy can go a long way."
Very laudable, she doesn't want to shame people who choose not to wear one. But I wonder how fair it is to the health workers that have to clean up the mess and take care of the people dying in their hospitals when people choose to not wear masks and potentially infect others? Is it fair to infect them? Six out of ten people who get tested in her state are positive, the second highest total in our country after Wyoming,
More than 900 health workers at the Mayo Clinic in the Midwest have been infected in the last two weeks. Do you think they deserve to get sick because of the selfish and shortsighted attitudes of dumb bunnies like Noem?
Local politician Jim Desmond is decrying the recent purple tier shutdown of San Diego businesses. Says that most people get infected at their residences. Simple solution; don't allow anyone to go home.