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South Dakota Keeps Hospital Beds Open by Sending Indian Patients to Minnesota

Governor Kristi Noem bragged Monday to the Legislature that she has kept coronavirus cases from overloading South Dakota’s hospitals.

Evidently part of her strategy for keeping hospital beds available is to send Indian patients to Minnesota:

A small hospital serving the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has sent two coronavirus patients to an out-of-state hospital in recent days, the tribe’s health department said Wednesday, even as South Dakota’s top health officials insist the state has plenty of hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Health Department reported that it tried to find better-equipped hospitals to transfer coronavirus patients, but that 14 facilities said that they were also diverting COVID-19 patients. Eventually, the tribal health department found a hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota, that would accept patients [Stephen Groves, “Tribe Says It Had to Find Out-of-State Hospitals for Its Covid-19 Patients,” AP via Rapid City Journal, 2020.10.07].

Once again, South Dakota has to rely on its blue-state neighbors to bail it out. Thanks, Minnesota!

But golly, if Kristi says our hospitals aren’t overloaded, then they must not be overloaded… and we must just be turning away Indian patients because we’re racist.


  1. jerry 2020-10-08

    This proves either that the hospitals are racist and don’t want Indians or that they are overwhelmed with trump virus patients so they are lying. Those are the only two scenarios. If they are racist, then there is nothing new here. If they are overwhelmed and at full capacity, then they are lying. Either way, the situation in South Dakota is dire and we have no leadership or the doctors and hospitals needed.

    Not that long ago, a poster here said that a pal of his, with the trump virus, couldn’t be treated at his hometown hospital and they had sent him to Sioux Falls. As Sioux Falls, they didn’t have the facilities to treat the trump virus so they had to send him out of state. In the meantime, the hospitals are all saying they have plenty of beds. It’s beginning to look like the hospitals all have the trump syndrome called bald face lying.

  2. Donald Pay 2020-10-08

    After these patients recover there needs to be a reckoning for those South Dakota hospitals who turned away Indian patients. This is genocidal policy. I’m so mad I’d like to see those hospital burned down to the ground.

  3. jerry 2020-10-08

    Abortion tissues were used to treat trump for his trump virus. From MIT

    “The emergency antibody that Trump received last week was developed with the use of a cell line originally derived from abortion tissue, according to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the company that developed the experimental drug.

    The Trump administration has taken an increasingly firm line against medical research using fetal tissue from abortions. For example, when it moved in 2019 to curtail the ability of the National Institutes of Health to fund such research, supporters hailed a “major pro-life victory” and thanked Trump personally for taking decisive action against what they called the “outrageous and disgusting” practice of “experimentation using baby body parts.”

    Stem cell research used to save us from the pandemic trump virus caused by the very group who want to eliminate stem cell research, only in a dumb arse republican mind does this make sense. Before this is all over, the very vaccine that will inoculate us to keep us safe from the trump virus will be derived from these tissues.

  4. Mike Livingston 2020-10-08

    What’s the problem? donald skunk say’s there is a cure , surely given lil queenies special relationship with king don she will be given unlimited access to this special sauce and she can sprinkle it like pixie dust.
    The indigenous are once again being discriminated against. Racism is alive and well and tolerated if not participated in by our governing leadership.

  5. jerry 2020-10-08

    Mr. Livingston, racism is alive and well because fascism has allowed it. We have always had fascism here, but until recently, it has always been hidden in plain sight. Take our senators from South Dakota for example, they both follow the ideals of their fellow senator from Utah, Kike Lee who recently said this

    “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.” (F) Mike Lee 10.08.2020 at 12.24 am

    Fascists’ cannot spell worth a damn either “prospefity”

  6. chris 2020-10-08

    We alo have a lot of open spaces out here for cemeteries, if you people in other states are looking for a cheap plot to be buried in. Put that in your next Halloween tweet, Kristi.

  7. james 2020-10-08

    14 deaths reported today. 14.

  8. mike from iowa 2020-10-08

    Chris, wouldn’t that be tantamount to desecrating sacred grounds of the Native tribes? I think us whiteys have caused them enough grief.

  9. mike from iowa 2020-10-08

    Jerry, according to the Dispatch fact check, there is no proof embryonic cells were used for this treatment. Those cell lines are used by Regeneron, but not for this drug cocktail.

    But, the embryonic stem cells used by Regeneron come from invitro fertilization which Spotus nominee, Barret, is dead set against and wants it to end. Senator Tammy Duckworth vehemently disagrees with Barret and has plainly stated her case against Barret….

    I’d pay to see a confrontation between these two.

  10. chris 2020-10-08

    @ mfi,

    well not if the borehole goes deep enough

  11. jerry 2020-10-08

    We will probably never know mfi as there are Non-Disclosure Agreements signed by all at Walter Reed and have been in force since the mysterious trump admission in June of this year. Nonetheless, it is a very interesting turn of possible and probable events that show that the treatment for the trump virus is only available to the wealthy and powerful. The rest of us can go suck on a ventilator as we slowly give up the ghost.

    Speaking of ghosts, did you see that fly on Pence’s melon last night? They say that is the sign of the devil, if you believe that Biblical stuff.

  12. sx123 2020-10-08

    Other covid patients get taken out of state too.

  13. jerry 2020-10-08

    Wilson School in Rapid City, shut down with the trump virus.

  14. jerry 2020-10-08

    sx123, this is what others have said, but the hospitals continue to deny it. The governor’s Baghdad Bob, claims there are plenty of empty beds in the state. Why would she and they lie?

  15. mike from iowa 2020-10-08

    Jerry, that came from Regeneron, its own self. Of course they could be lying like drumpf. No offense.

  16. Eve Fisher 2020-10-08

    Rumor has it (i.e., a confidential source) that some hospitals are turning away any COVID patient over 80. They can “recover at home”, i.e., die.

  17. jerry 2020-10-08

    mfi, Regeneron is not lying, but the treatments did originate from fetal tissue, just from some time ago. From the link I posted above from MIT

    “According to Regeneron, it and many other labs employ 293T cells to manufacture virus “pseudoparticles,” which are virus-like structures that contain the “spike” protein of the deadly coronavirus. It needs those to test how well different antibodies will neutralize the virus.

    The two antibodies Regeneron eventually put forward as an experimental treatment, which may have saved Trump’s life, would have been selected using exactly such tests. Because the 293T cells were acquired so long ago, and have lived so long in the laboratory, they are no longer thought of as involving abortion politics.

    Trump just got a dose of Regeneron’s unapproved antibody drug for covid
    At 74 and overweight, the president is at higher risk for serious illness.

    “It’s how you want to parse it,” says Alexandra Bowie, a Regeneron spokesperson. “But the 293T cell lines available today are not considered fetal tissue, and we did not otherwise use fetal tissue.”

    So yes sir, it is in how you want to parse it. but it is very interesting the outcome and where we may be going in the future.

  18. Jenny 2020-10-08

    Just drop off your sick SD patients over here in MN, Kruel Kristi. I don”t mind, I have way more faith that Minnesota will take care of them and get them healthy than SD. These Republican politicians just make me sick, denying there’s a COVID problem. Such worthless people you voted in.

  19. mike from iowa 2020-10-08

    Great info, Jerry. Gracias, Amigo.

  20. mike from iowa 2020-10-08

    Moar milestones reached today in drumpf body count. Gonna be shipping corpses to other countries as morgues in drumpfistan are filled to overflowing with hoax.

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

  21. Fast Eddy 2020-10-08

    Just curious… that color on Trump recently… was that the result of his ‘cure’ or was it to hide that his ‘cure’ isn’t all that effective? I haven’t seen that much make up on someone since the Munsters were on television.

  22. jerry 2020-10-08

    mfi, 14 moar South Dakotan’s on GNOems death knell along with 536 moar positive. GNOem needs to be asked if she knows what the 25th Amendment is because Democrats and Republicans alike are starting to dust that bad boy off. McConnell has not been to the White House since August 6, 2021 because it is to dangerous for him to go as protocols are not being done. We can see the results, so go ahead GNOem keep on dancing the chubby trump jig, because it’s up. That boy is off his damn rocker, she needs to tell him about Yankton and the great view of Rushmore from there.

  23. Scott 2020-10-08

    There may be open beds, but not the staff for more patients. Hospitals do not have the staff to operate for any period of time at capacity.

    Hospitals are shutting down same days surgery and some other procedures so that staff can be moved to direct patient care. These same day surgery and procedures are where the money is made. Hospitals do not make money when they have to care for Medicare or Medicade patients and that is who is being hit the hardest with covid.

    Even routine things like yearly physical exams are being cancel by clinics because of short staffing and the number of covid patients the clinics are dealing with. Just think about how much extra staff time it takes for all those drive through testing tents that clinics and hospitals have set up in their parking lots.

    The doctors and hospitals need to start speaking up again so that cities start imposing measures like mask mandates. Otherwise this will be out of control.

  24. leslie 2020-10-09

    Two young grandkids i helped raise (they are like my two legs) are at risk in RC public schools. One quarantined w/some symptoms.

  25. John 2020-10-09

    Mask up!
    “On average, the number of excess COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in US states reopening without masks is 10 times the number in states reopening with masks after 8 weeks. 50,000 excess deaths were prevented within 6 weeks in 13 states that implemented mask mandates prior to reopening.”

  26. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-09

    That’s science, John! We don’t need that in South Dakota. We just to ship out the Indians and clear out the deadwood so there’s more room for the yahoos Kristi is recruiting from other states to move here.

    Masks prevented 50,000 excess deaths in six weeks. Wow. How can we be so resistant to such a simple, inexpensive, yet effective preventative measure?

  27. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-09

    Speaking of staff, Scott: where is the state initiative to put more people to work in hospitals? Where is Noem’s plan to alleviate that crunch on hospital resources? Why is she not dispatching health officials and the National Guard to set up care centers on the reservation to help our Native neighbors and prevent them from having to travel so far from their families to get care?

  28. DANA HANNA 2020-10-09

    Everybody please read the article on today’s Daily Beast web site. “Kristi Noem Seals Her Reputation as Covid 19’s Cartoon Villain.” The writer, Michael Daly, calls her “the most determinedly deluded figure in Trumpland.” She’s out there in Florida bragging about and being applauded for doing absolutely nothing while for weeks now South Dakota has had the highest or second highest per capita infection rate in the country. Reckless and culpable indifference to human life (and especially to Indians’ lives, who are about 10% of the state’s population and make up one-fourth of the covid dead in South Dakota) is the State’s official policy under Noem and her political flunkies in the Department of Health, who have been absolutely silent on how to stop this or even slow it down. Daly wrote that our State’s new ad campaign should be “Covid 19. We’ve got it!”

  29. Debbo 2020-10-09

    “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.” (F) Mike Lee, Utah.

    He means “liberty, peace, and prospefity” only for him and people just like him. Only their human condition.

    That’s the GOP way.

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