Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota has repeatedly dismissed coronavirus control measures. Masks? Meh. Distancing? Meh. This is the result (compared to Vermont, also led by a Repulican governor who enacted sensible precautions):
One of the things happening in South Dakota is an infection rate that’s among the worst in the nation, at about 8,000 cases per 100,000 people.
In Vermont, another small, rural state with a Republican governor, Gov. Phil Scott has embraced safety measures, and the differences are pretty stark. Like South Dakota, Vermont has fewer than 1 million residents, most of whom don’t live in cities. It has about 500cases per 100,000 people. That’s the lowest rate in the nation.