As doubts mount over hydroxychloroquine, driving Fox News to an embarrassing gaslighting-by-silence over their once-touted wonder drug, South Dakota presses forward with Governor Kristi Noem’s much-vaunted trial of the unproven application of the malaria drug to covid-19. But we’re still short on testing supplies to identify who’s got covid-19 and might need HCQ or treatments with proven benefits.
Gov. Tim Walz unveiled his much-anticipated “moon shot” testing strategy on Wednesday so that Minnesota can fully track the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused 179 deaths in the state, and diagnose all cases of people with the infectious illness.
Standing with leaders of Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and HealthPartners, the governor said that this $36 million agreement will result in the most aggressive COVID-19 testing program in the nation and allow for the diagnostic testing of as many as 20,000 samples per day — beyond the 5,000 per day that he had said was necessary.
“We are smothering this issue of testing with talent, I would argue, better than any place on this planet,” he said.
While it might take a couple of weeks to reach full capacity, the state already has the ability to test as many as 8,000 samples per day now that its public, private and hospital labs are coordinating efforts, said Jan Malcolm, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health [Jeremy Olson and Briana Bierschbach, “Gov. Tim Walz Announces Plan to Expand COVID-19 Testing,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2020.04.22].
South Dakota’s governor chooses to fawn over Il Duce’s pseudoscience, while Minnesota’s governor chooses to do real practical public health. That difference alone could be enough to tell the kids to move to Minnesota.