Kristi Noem continues to spend more time working for Donald Trump than for the people of South Dakota. After with dropping her kids off at out-of-state Christian colleges down South, our apparently part-time Governor continued her aspirations for national prominence by campaigning for the Trump party in North Carolina and Pennsylvania:
Noem’s Pennsylvania campaign stop, Montgomery County, a Democratic-leaning jurisdiction encompassing suburbs northwest of Philadelphia, has one of the lowest coronavirus positivity rates in southeastern Pennsylvania, 2.9%, compared to South Dakota’s 10.8%. Montgomery County has also been getting really fast coronavirus test results by working with Mako Medical Laboratories, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to repurpose that company’s nutritional DNA equipment. Dang—if Noem weren’t so busy campaigning for the anti-science, anti-public health party, she might actually gather some useful policy information.
But Noem travels heedless of local officials’ guidance on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
To keep the positivity rate below 5 percent, Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Arkoosh stressed residents should continue to abide by all mask wearing, handwashing and social distancing recommendations. Arkoosh also urged residents to cooperate with contact tracers.
Acknowledging that neighboring counties currently have higher percent-positivity rates, Arkoosh urged county residents to be cautious when traveling to other counties for work or leisure activities.
“This virus doesn’t care about boundaries of counties or cities or townships and we do always need to be mindful of that,” Arkoosh said during a news briefing the week.
“I would remind everybody that you’re still safer at home. So if you are able to work from home, then that’s great and you should continue to do so, if that’s possible,” Arkoosh added.
For residents who cannot work from home, Arkoosh said hopefully, workplaces are being made as safe as possible.
“But if you don’t have to go somewhere, think twice about going. If you can avoid that trip or maybe skip a social gathering, just think twice,” Arkoosh said. “But if you do go, what’s so critically important is that you follow the guidelines of wearing a mask and staying six-feet away from people who aren’t in your household and that holds whether you’re indoors or outdoors” [Carl Hessler, Jr., “Montgomery County Has Lowest Coronavirus Percent-Positivity Rate in SE Pa.,” The Mercury (Exton, PA), 2020.08.10].
Dr. Arkoosh said this week that coronavirus spread is linked to social events:
While Montgomery County residents appear to be reducing the spread of COVID-19, officials said any spread that is occurring can be linked to social events.
“Most of the viral spread that we are seeing in Montgomery County continues to be through social events such as parties, family gatherings and vacations. And then what happens is the people that are exposed and infected at these gatherings go on to expose large groups of others through school, through day care, through sports and through work,” county Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Arkoosh said during a news briefing this week [Carl Hessler, Jr., “Coronavirus Spread in Montgomery County Linked to Social Events,” The Times Herald (Swarthmore, PA), 2020.08.21].
Traveling the country, never social distancing, never wearing a mask—that’s our pandemic vector Kristi! If you don’t get coronavirus from Sturgis, Kristi will deliver the pandemic to you in person!