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South Dakota Has Hottest Coronavirus Rates! Move Here Now!

Guess who’s the hottest state in the Union right now?

Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center, Critical Trends: Daily New Cases per 100K People, screen capped 2020.09.01.
Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center, Critical Trends: Daily New Cases per 100K People, screen capped 2020.09.01.

South Dakota has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the nation. Yay, us.

Governor Kristi Noem thinks “this is where we expected to be. None of this is a surprise.” Really? Should other states that have taken coronavirus more seriously be surprised that they aren’t matching our climbing infection rate?

That Sioux Falls paper attributes to Noem the phrase “expected inevitability” in describing the rising number of cases. That’s a double-duty propagandizing phrase. “Expected” means, Your Dear Leader did not underestimate the problem. Your Dear Leader foresaw exactly how things would happen, as she always does and always will. “Inevitable” means If anything bad happens, you cannot blame your Dear Leader. No policy action could have stopped this pandemic, so you cannot blame your Dear Leader for fruitless inaction. Besides, if you get sick, you probably deserved it for impious thoughts.

South Dakota is worst in the nation for coronavirus infections. So yeah, move here! Bring your family! Hire whoever’s left when God gets done sorting us out!


  1. DaveFN 2020-09-01 19:03

    “this is where we expected to be. None of this is a surprise”

    “Fatalism is the rather mystical and superstitious view that at certain checkpoints in our lives, we will necessarily find ourselves in particular circumstances (the circumstances ‘fate’ has decreed), no matter what the particular intervening vagaries of our personal trajectories….it is widely agreed that this sort of fatalism has absolutely nothing to recommend it.”

    Daniel C. Dennett, Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting, MIT Press, 2015, p 114.

  2. Bob Newland 2020-09-01 19:05

    Careful, Cory. Your cynicism is rising to an acceptable level.

  3. grudznick 2020-09-01 19:17

    Goodness, Mr. H, grudznick would advise you to stay home, stop screaming out the window screens at passers by wearing their mask off their nose like, Mr. Biden, or with neat-o sunglasses, like Mr. Biden. Also, a little less salt on your Mac Donalds fry would help.

  4. Francis Schaffer 2020-09-01 19:24

    I wonder if it is too late to divest from nursing home, independent living, assisted living company stocks as it seems that the population of people going to need these services is dying at a greater rate than normal. Thoughts.

  5. jerry 2020-09-01 19:28

    Just keep your trump virus sick kids on campus, don’t send them home. On one hand, trump says that there is no problem, on the other hand, he wants to keep the sick kids right where they are at, college.

    “Top White House officials rang the alarm bell during a call with the nation’s governors on Monday, pleading with them to advise college presidents in their states to keep COVID-infected students on campus or risk another major outbreak.

    “We know that what happened across the South [in June] was primarily driven by 18-to-25 year olds, across the South, with asymptomatic spread,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “Sending these individuals back home in their asymptomatic state to spread the virus in their home town or among their vulnerable households could really recreate what we experienced over the June time frame in the South. So I think every university president should have a plan for not only testing but caring for their students that need to isolate.”

    We are a failed state in a failed corrupted government that will do anything to win an election to stay out of jail. Democracy is seriously on a tightrope and failing by the second.

  6. Moses6 2020-09-01 19:42

    State fair this week hope people will be careful.

  7. Scott 2020-09-01 19:57

    If nothing is done to stop the spread, then yes you can expect the Covid-19 rates to rise. That is no different than saying your lawn will dry up and go dormant in the summer. You can water your lawn to prevent it from drying up and you can do things like promote mask use to keep covid under control.

    Currently the highest positive rates are in the 20-39 age group. This age group will in turn spread covid to their parents and grandparents. As that happens hospitalization and deaths will start to rise. You will see that starting in a couple weeks.

  8. grudznick 2020-09-01 20:11

    This, Mr. Scott, is why they need to Stay the F at Home! Blaming the Governor for the actions of others grandchildren is grandchildish. Once papa or mama start keeling over, those young kids will feel bad.

    PS: My granddaughter, who is older than that group in general, is smart enough to Stay the F at Home

  9. Debbo 2020-09-01 20:29

    So Covid-19 is the worst in the nation in SoDak and all Kruel Kristi does is shrug her shoulders? That’s just unconscionable.

    She’s saying, “I figured if I did nothing, which is exactly my inactions, some of you would get sick and die. I was right. You may pat me on the back.”

  10. jerry 2020-09-01 21:28

    Those that infected the parents and grandparents will get the inheritance, so there is that. “It is what it is”. Wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. If those young guys want to lean in and give you a hug, tell them to back off and that you’re on to their scheme.

  11. ds 2020-09-01 22:53

    At the recent Kool Deadwood Nights extravaganza, only a very few people wore masks. Of course me being 72 should not have been there either, but at least i wore a mask and crept thru the fringes with only short views of my favorite cars. And i reluctantly skipped the Saturday morning show and the Sunday afternoon parade. What was most surprising were the big % of attendees with obvious physical limitations and advance age. Congrats to Kristi as her propaganda is working great as nearly everyone there trusts her total ignorant attitude. Problem is, as the spread of confirmed cases continues to grow exponentially, Kristi and Donald are shooting themselves in the foot because the schools will one by one… revert from green to orange to red alert, then all the school age kids will be stuck in front of their klunky computer wondering why Centurylink is offline again.

  12. John Dale 2020-09-02 05:44

    I thought it was cute that Forbes provided an article to try to debunk the fact that only 6% of reported covid deaths did not include a comorbidity and/or extreme old age.

    96% of the deaths reported were dubiously construed?

    That’s a pretty solid F-, CDC.

    It explains the data on the left column at, which represents a significant drop in deaths in other categories year over year.

    We’ve taken off this proverbial mask .. rediscover how important your smile is to the people around you.

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-09-02 05:45

    Francis mentions nursing homes and gets me thinking about how coronavirus disrupts their operational model the same way it disrupts the on-campus education model. Both are predicated on the notion that we can crowd a bunch of people together in one building for more efficient delivery of services. Taking care of grandma and grandpa at home produces economic disruption and personal hardship just like trying to homeschool does.

    Both nursing homes and public schools address the needs of some customers whose needs simply cannot be met as effectively in any other setting (old folks with serious dementia or physical disabilities, children with serious learning disabilities and developmental issues). So one can make a reasonable argument that we can’t shut either of them down without dire consequences to their customers. Yet one would think nursing homes are built with the assumption that the population they are crowding together is more vulnerable to disease. As health care facilities, they ought to be able to clamp down on health risks faster than any other institution.

  14. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-09-02 05:49

    John, cut out the denialism. Coronavirus takes lives. Masks save lives. Kristi Noem just said she expected all this sickness and death.

  15. chris 2020-09-02 08:17

    New SD state motto: “What, Me Worry?”

  16. mike from iowa 2020-09-02 08:38

    Blaming the Governor for the actions of others grandchildren is grandchildish.

    And yet, the joke in the kremlin annex does that all the time and Noem Nothing emulates drumpf’s every move. She doesn’t give a hoot in hell about lives, like drumpf she plays to her base.

  17. Dana Hanna 2020-09-02 08:51

    Although you would never know it if you just relied on Governor Noem or the South Dakota Department of Health or the Rapid City Journal for information about the spread of the pandemic, if you check the charts that run every day on the front pages of the Washington Post or New York Times, you will see that South Dakota is, and for about the past week, has been #2 or #3 in the country for the highest per capita rates both of infections and deaths from covid 19. The infection and death rates in our state shot up all at once, beginning about two weeks after the fun at Sturgis ended and after our Governor got on Fox News and invited everybody to come to the Rally and 460,000 accepted her invitation. Must be a coincidence.

  18. DANA HANNA 2020-09-02 09:04

    Ian Fury, the Governor’s spokesman, when asked recently about the fact that covid has skyrocked in South Dakota over the past couple of weeks, responded by pointing to the Governor’s statements that “we cannot stop the spread of the virus.” Wow! That’s bold leadership! I feel so much safer now. I just got a brilliant idea for another Noem public policy statement, even better than “Meth. We’re on it!” How about this on billboards all across the State and on TV public service ads, too, across a picture of Kristi’s face:

    “COVID 19? HEY. S*** HAPPENS!”

    I think that pretty much sums up our Governor’s and our President’s response to a disease that has killed 180,00 Americans in the past 6 months.

  19. o 2020-09-02 10:35

    Now that the house odds are catching up to SD’s early luck with pandemic infection rates, will we walk away from the table, or continue to push our chips — hoping against hope that the old luck will come back and fix our losses?

    Mr. Dale, the underlying health conditions issue is alarming. Unfortunately the sorry state of US health care is that far too many have these conditions and either are unaware or not treating them. It does not make the Corona Virus any less deadly, it only shows how wretched the health care system is for too many Americans. Your COVID 19 autopsy should not be where we diagnose underlying health conditions.

  20. jerry 2020-09-02 11:09

    Bingo! Spot on o

  21. o 2020-09-02 11:20

    Just a quick fact check for Mr. Dale (quoting Qanon’s most recent conspiracy theory):
    “Fact-checking Ernst on September 2, the Washington Post’s Katie Shepherd explained, “Her inaccurate figure of 10,000 or fewer COVID-19 deaths is similar to a widely spread QAnon meme that misinterpreted a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That study said the coronavirus was the only contributing factor in 6% of reported deaths. The conspiracy theory that claims the U.S. death toll is inflated incorrectly assumes that only 6% of deaths should be counted in the COVID-19 death tally. The study does not support that claim.”

  22. o 2020-09-02 11:29

    I still do not see why any government agent cannot get behind the wearing of masks. When did looking out for the common good become the wrong side of an issue? The Constitution is not a suicide pact; in fact “. . . promote the general welfare. . .” is right in the Preamble.

  23. Jake 2020-09-02 12:17

    Mask Up, dammit! A perhaps conspiratorical thought but for maintaining a policy of her refusal toward installing Medicaid for more of SD needy, would Noem be thinking “The more of the elderly, infirm and sickly with pre-existing conditions that die because of Covid, the less need for State Medicaid there will be?

  24. o 2020-09-02 12:43

    Jake, I believe those actions were called “death panels” when the GOP was stoking false fears about the ACA.

  25. jerry 2020-09-02 13:57

    First known Sturgis trump virus death. Party on dude. Let’s see, dude had to travel across South Dakota to get to Sturgis, so how many stops did he make along that I-90 corridor?

    “A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 — the first fatality from the virus traced to the 10-day event that drew more than 400,000 to South Dakota.” Washington Post 9.2.20

    The Tinker Belle GNOem death panels are gonna be hard to keep up with.

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