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Coronavirus Infects Nursing Home Residents in Walworth County; Noem Campaigns in Florida

An eager reader notices that the Walworth County Care Center reports that over half of its elderly residents have tested positive for coronavirus:

Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.09.
Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.09.

Things don’t always go as planned, but it’s the unplanned that identifies our best- and our best is our residents, their families, and our staff. Positive COVID tests continue to rise in our facility- at this time we have identified over half of our residents. We have a preparation plan in place for this part of our COVID journey. This plan involves temporary housing of some residents at a MRH campus location, as well as extending our in-house COVID unit. A professional cleaning team arrived this afternoon to do a deep, thorough clean of the facility.

A HUGE thank you to the employees for their extra hard work, as well as the Mobridge Regional Hospital for their support.

We will get through this! [Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.08]

This grim reports comes after the WCCC posted on Teusday that they had identified no positive staff or residents and had passed a state infection control survey last week “with flying colors!”

Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.06
Walworth County Care Center, Facebook post, 2020.10.06

Note that WCCC is having to house some residents at the Mobridge Regional Hospital, which puts an additional strain on that facility and reduces the resources available for other members of the community who get sick or injured.

Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem went to Florida this week to campaign, unmasked, un-socially-distanced, in front of a sweating, shouting crowd, side-by-side with her political pal Corey Lewandowski.

Asked about the risky conditions at her Florida events, Governor Noem said, “If someone is concerned about these type of events, they can stay home.” Noem’s refusal to stay home and work shows she’s not concerned about the events taking place in South Dakota, where coronavirus has kicked the WCCC residents out of their home.

South Dakota has 774 new coronavirus cases today. We all need to stay home for a couple weeks.


  1. Mike Livingston 2020-10-09 14:16

    I did not think that any office holder in the country could equal the callous ineptitude of Donald J Trump, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and many more far right extremest’s, but Noem, Thune and Rounds , have proven me wrong.

    In my opinion these aforementioned people are all complicit in a treasonous conspiracy to destroy our beloved democracy. Please vote and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

  2. kj trailer trash 2020-10-09 14:35

    True that, Mike L., but I think they are so brainwashed that they think they are “in the right;” and are so endlessly stupid and so deep into their insane ideas about liberals being “communists and socialists” that they actually honestly believe they are doing good, when nothing could be further from the truth. I think Thune is compromised in some way, and is treacherous and traitorous if not legally treasonous. Rounds is just Patrick Star except without Patrick’s heart (except for family and rich Repubs), so he’s just a useful tool. Noem is evil and is roughly as bright as a piece of kelp that Patrick Star would hide behind.
    They’re pretty much equally inept, I’d say; Noem is just more visible to us.

  3. o 2020-10-09 15:06

    And if someone chooses to go out to an infectious event, would that person be OK with an insurance company or a hospital denying treatment/coverage because they chose to do that?

    Choice without accountability is dangerous.

  4. mike from iowa 2020-10-09 15:10

    Fake Noize coverage of coronavirus v ebola.

    Warning, you probably already know how this gos and it is 4 minutes of your life you can never get back, but, it is amazing the scorn heaped on Obama by Fox that is somehow missing when over 200k Americans have died because of incompetence.

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

  5. Buckobear 2020-10-09 15:45

    Didn’t they close that place? Oh wait, it was the jail.

  6. Scott 2020-10-09 15:54

    Mike L. & KJ, you are right on with your comments. I suspect the there is so much dirt on Thune that he can not speak out if he wanted to.

    The nursing home should be commended for their open honesty. I’m sure they are trying hard to cope with this. With school resuming back in August, it was inevitable there would be massive spread. Having school activities made the spread even worse.

    The Trumpkins will just dismiss this as these were old people. But these were the people who made our country what it is and worked hard there entire life.

  7. chris 2020-10-09 16:03

    Kind of expecting Noem will pick up the virus on one of her trips now.

  8. Debbo 2020-10-09 21:37

    Un. Bee. Leev. Abull.


  9. leslie 2020-10-10 05:52

    The outrage, just at these headlines. And there’s this. Republicans are truly poisonous:

    1. ) Lara Jakes Retweeted

    Michael D. Shear
    Oct 6
    BREAKING — “We need to take away children.” A damning internal investigation concludes that top Justice Dept. officials were “a driving force” behind
    ‘s family separation policy. My new report, with


    2.) Lara Jakes
    Oct 8
    Ref H.Clinton emails: TRUMP: They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I’m not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get -I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department and you get them out.

    3.) “You know you can’t count on him to do the right thing for this country.” Adam Schiff, impeachment summation, 1/23/20.

  10. leslie 2020-10-10 06:02

    o, perhaps that’s why the White House is obstructing contact tracing.

  11. leslie 2020-10-10 06:14

    I agree: Thune is brain washed.

    Look how apologists lather up Noem, although her photo suggests she should “stay home”. “She knows that the doom and gloom messages coming from liberals are not helping anyone cope during the pandemic. So, she’s taken a different approach. Instead of enforcing stay at home orders as her counterparts in other states have, she decided that she didn’t want to “take too much power in a time of crisis.“”

    Different approach? Pfffsssttt

  12. leslie 2020-10-10 07:46

    Sick as Trump likely is, he has Kristi, and little else besides his weaponized narrative:

    “The first thing you need to do is restore your reputation and purge—I use that word deliberately—all the ways you’ve been intimidated, cajoled and persuaded to join a political enterprise. The intelligence agencies have to recognize there is now a problem with their truth-seeking character, objectivity, independence and nonpolitical role now being in question,” he said. “What’s clear is there’s been a trend toward politicization that has gotten really bad, and the intelligence community is aware they’re under assault.”

    Trump is confident that a nation mired in a pandemic and corresponding economic disaster cares about relitigating the Russia investigations. “The American people are totally aware of this,” he assured Limbaugh. (Link to follow)

  13. jerry 2020-10-10 09:00

    Vladimir Thune is wallet washed not brain washed. Where else can a dud from Murdo become a multi millionaire by not working on anything but the grift.

  14. cibvet 2020-10-10 10:47

    Well put, Jerry

  15. chris 2020-10-10 13:21

    South Dakota is now Kristi Noem’s cauldron.

  16. mike from iowa 2020-10-10 14:30

    Good show, Chris, and the cauldron will be bubbling and steaming come Halloween for witch Noem Nothing and her Noem Nothing brain.

    Speaking of witchy women, Deacon Frey does lead vocals on new, live version of “Take it Easy” and sounds just like Dad to my untrained ear.

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-10-10 16:19

    O, can insurers treat stupidity and recklessness as preëxisting conditions?

  18. leslie 2020-10-10 17:09

    I have a brand new grandchild, kids all-over the country, the greatist grandkids i have ever seen raised by their parents, addicts falling off the wagon, and every one of them except the youngest, is scared to death for the election.

    Biden will get us through the pandemic.

  19. mike from iowa 2020-10-10 19:38

    (KTIV) — There were 1,315 new, confirmed cases in Iowa from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the state’s dashboard.

    At 10 a.m. Friday, health officials reported 97,041 total positive cases across the state, that number rose to 98,356 by 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The state’s website says out of those who have tested positive, 75,935 have recovered. That’s an increase of 894 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

    The state reported 21 additional deaths within this time frame, leaving the state’s death toll at 1,454.

    According to the state’s latest report, there are 450 Iowans hospitalized due to the virus. Of those hospitalizations, 101 are in the ICU and 40 are on ventilators.

    In Iowa, 6,628 new tests were given for a total of 855,596 people that have been tested for COVID-19.

    Like Yogi said, “It ain’t over till its over.”

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