South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said the coronavirus in her state has peaked despite not issuing lockdown orders.
“It looks like South Dakota’s #COVID19 spread peaked the latest of just about any state. Even so, we continue to be in good shape with only 5% of our ICU beds occupied by COVID patients,” Noem tweeted Tuesday. “It just goes to show that you don’t need lockdowns to be responsible and flatten the curve.”
It looks like South Dakota's #COVID19 spread peaked the latest of just about any state. Even so, we continue to be in good shape with only 5% of our ICU beds occupied by COVID patients.
It just goes to show that you don't need lockdowns to be responsible and flatten the curve.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 22, 2020
Noem made waves earlier this year when she refused to implement lockdown measures at the height of the pandemic.
“Here in South Dakota, because we didn’t shut down our state, the recovery story is far stronger. According to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, South Dakota had the fewest low-income job losses of any state in our region, and as of the end of June, we’d already recovered nearly all of those losses. Our weekly initial unemployment claims continue to drop,” Noem said in a statement earlier this month.
Noem, a former small-business owner, said she understands the struggle business owners faced during the pandemic and refused to shut down for six months because “our business would not have made it.”
“These businesses are more than just storefronts — they’re people’s livelihoods. They put food on the table, not only for small business owners, but also for their employees. Without businesses to employ these workers, states that have been shut down will struggle to recover even after they reopen,” she added.
She also touted the unemployment rate in South Dakota, which stood at 4.8% in August.
“South Dakota’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in August. Our economy is quickly getting back to normal, and the future is very bright,” Noem tweeted Thursday morning.
The unemployment rate for the United States in August was 8.4%. The South Dakota unemployment rate in July was 6.4%, according to government data.
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Kristi Noem: Coronavirus peaked in South Dakota without lockdown measures