WATCH: Fox’s Ingraham Paints Hot Spot South Dakota as a Model for COVID-19 Response
Few states have treated the COVID-19 pandemic in a more irresponsible manner than South Dakota. Over the 4th of July weekend, Donald Trump held a largely mask-less rally at Mount Rushmore. Later in the summer, the state held it’s annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally is thought to have triggered numerous outbreaks in the Mid-West.
Still, Governor Kristi Noem has been insistent that she has done everything right in regards to the pandemic. On Thursday night, Fox’s Laura Ingraham invited Noem onto her show to laud her efforts.
The Fox host gushed, “Now, those claims of this COVID explosion in South Dakota deserve a little fact-checking don’t you think? Yesterday the state reported just 621 new cases and seven deaths. And as to the idea that hospitals are being overwhelmed, well COVID patients only occupy 12.4% of South Dakota’s hospital beds.”
Noem replied, “We allowed them to be flexible, take care of health and protect the public while still taking care of their customers and their employees as well. We’re doing really good in South Dakota. We’re managing COVID-19. But also our economy is thriving. I think people are really recognizing that leadership has consequences. And what we’re doing in South Dakota is Republican leadership.”
.@govkristinoem says South Dakota doing "good in managing COVID"
So what are the facts?
Over last month
Infections up 3X
Hospitalizations up 3.5X
Deaths up 3.8X
Based on Gu model, 1 in 24 South Dakotans actively infected right now
My assessment? COVID management going poorly https://t.co/s97AxPMt9V
— Ashish K. Jha (@ashishkjha) October 22, 2020
The women, however, were soon fact checked by Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University. Dr. Jha tweeted, “Kristi Noem says South Dakota doing ‘good in managing COVID.’ So what are the facts? Over last month:
*Infections up 3X
*Hospitalizations up 3.5X
*Deaths up 3.8X
Based on Gu model, 1 in 24 South Dakotans actively infected right now My assessment? COVID management going poorly.”