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Brookings Requires Masks, Sees Lowest SD Big-Town Coronavirus Rates in November

SDSU epidemiologist Dr. Bonny Specker posted a graph yesterday showing the weekly average of new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 population in the ten most populous cities in South Dakota through most of November. Most of the cities graphed peaked on November 15 and as of the last date graphed, November 29, have receded to or below the really bad numbers they all had at the end of October.

But take a look at which city had the lowest reported case rate through November:

Dr. Bonny Specker; graph of weekly average coronavirus cases reported per day in South Dakota's ten largest cities; Nov. 1–29, 2020; "December 1, 2020 Covid Data Report," Bonny's Blog, 2020.12.01.
Dr. Bonny Specker; graph of weekly average coronavirus cases reported per day in South Dakota’s ten largest cities; Nov. 1–29, 2020; “December 1, 2020 Covid Data Report“; Bonny’s Blog, 2020.12.01.

Brookings beat the rest of our big burgs for curbing coronavirus in November. Brookings has a mask requirement. Go figure.


  1. Donald Pay 2020-12-02 06:56

    Data don’t lie. Ignore it and die.

  2. Chuck 2020-12-02 09:23

    Also notice Huron (Beadle) and Mitchell (Davidson). Huron adopted the mask mandate Nov. 16, Mitchell Nov. 23. What happens to the numbers when the mandate is put in place??? Yankton rejected a mandate on Nov. 23. Look at their numbers! And our Gov. keeps telling us masks don’t work and we cant stop the pandemic/virus. Maybe we can’t stop it completely, but we can sure as heck slow it down significantly with a simple mask and social distancing.

  3. Mark Anderson 2020-12-02 14:09

    Are those masks blue and yellow? I’m a vermillion fellow. Although I don’t know if its orange or red maybe its yellow and blue. It’s just so late in this pandemic folks, sorry. Mask up.

  4. Whitless 2020-12-02 15:13

    Maggie Seidel, Senior Advisor and Policy Director for Gov. Noem, requested that COVID-19 facts be reported. Per her request, here is today’s summary report for South Dakota and Vermont:

    New Cases: 1291 for SD; 101 for VT
    New Deaths: 47 for SD; 2 for VT
    Total Deaths: 995 for SD; 74 for VT

    Why compare SD and VT? Both are low population states and have Republican governors. Only one state has a mask mandate: VT, effective August 1, 2020

    Source of Information: Each state’s DOH website

  5. Sam2 2020-12-02 19:30

    Minnesota has had a mask mandate since August. They today have the most cases per 100,000 of any state in the Union. This is likely more of Angela Kennecke and her fellow hacks at Kelo Slamming our Gov.

    No proof masks help Dr Fachiu stated May 28th masks are symbolic

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-12-02 20:08

    Sam, did you read the evidence from other nations? Do you listen to any public health officials? Do you listen to medical professionals, who require staff in the hospital to wear masks to reduce infection?

    Sam, we can only imagine how much worse the coronavirus rates would be if some of us weren’t taking science and our obligations to each other seriously by wearing masks at the office and the grocery store. Thanks a lot for undermining our science-based efforts.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-12-02 20:11

    And for Pete’s sake, Sam, what about Brookings? That’s one of the best tests you could ask for, comparing SD towns to SD towns. Same rural culture and economy, same governor, but lower than all the no-mask-mandate towns. Explain that. Explain why the mask requirement is working in Brookings.

  8. grudznick 2020-12-02 20:27

    Mr. H, Brookings has a higher population of young, strong, healthy folk who can overpower the covid bugs with their strong constitutions. You should factor that into your graphing. There are probably thousands of Brookingsdonians running around dry-snotting covid bugs and they don’t even know it, at a much higher rate than in the other towns where the population of young folk are lower. You need to add in a YSHF factor to normalize your data.

  9. Joe 2020-12-02 21:52

    Meanwhile, in my hometown of Rapid City.

    The Rapid City Journal reports:

    The Rapid City Council voted 9-1 on Monday night to move a mask-optional ordinance to a second reading with council member John Roberts voting no. The majority of the public attending the meeting did not wear masks despite a mask requirement while in city buildings. There were also three police officers present as well as Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick, who all wore masks.

    After about three hours of public comment, council members approved Ordinance No. 6454. It will be heard once more for the second reading. If approved, it will go into immediate effect and last until Feb. 28, 2021. Instead of requiring the public to wear a mask in public indoor places where six feet of social distancing was not possible, businesses and other facilities that have an occupancy of 50 people or more will be able to opt out of the regulations.

    Watch the TikTok compilation (in the link below) for some of the reasons Jesus doesn’t want you to wear a mask. Really.”

  10. Anthony Renli 2020-12-03 08:29

    Sam – Here is the thing, science changes it’s assessment on things when it gets new data. We have new data. This data says masks work.
    That is science working. It looks at the data and learns. If it’s old analysis does not match the data, it changes it’s analysis.

    Let’s look at the updated research on masks:

    In this one, the CDC says masks have show to be effective to reducing spread

    In this one, the Annals of Internal Medicine uses a randomized controlled trial to test masks on Covid spread – and find that it reduces community spread.

    And this one talks about what masks work best to prevent spray and which ones are the least effective.

    So – take a statement from back in may that has sense been retracted by Dr. Fauci…
    Or look at the new information that is based off of the data that has been gathered since he originally said it.

  11. Jake 2020-12-03 10:21

    Grudz-those YSHF in Brookings happen to be running around wearing a mask it appears, eh? So, by your own admission, it proves that masking works, right?

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