NBC News: South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally

NBC News: South Dakota Covid cases quintuple after Sturgis motorcycle rally. “Two weeks after the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, reported Covid infections in the state have risen nearly sixfold. South Dakota counted 3,819 new cases in the past two weeks, including seven deaths, up from 644 cases in the 14 days preceding it. That makes it the state with the largest percent increase in Covid cases in the past two weeks.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society launching podcast

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society launching podcast . “The South Dakota State Historical Society is launching a new podcast, History 605, hosted by State Historian and Society Director Dr. Ben Jones. ‘Through conversations with historians, museum curators, tribal historic preservationists, and other experts, I look forward to telling the story of South Dakota and the region through the people, places, and events that have shaped us,’ Jones said.”

Capital Journal: State Library digitizes 41 volumes of S.D. Historical Collections

Capital Journal, South Dakota: State Library digitizes 41 volumes of S.D. Historical Collections. “From 1902 to 1982, the Historical Collection series was published biennially by the Department of History — now the S.D. State Historical Society — as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible the history of the state. All 41 volumes are now available in the Featured Collections section of the S.D. State Library’s Digital Collections.”

Argus Leader (South Dakota): Wondering when your next court hearing is? State releases user-friendly tool to find court dates

Argus Leader (South Dakota): Wondering when your next court hearing is? State releases user-friendly tool to find court dates. “A portal on the Unified Judicial System’s website homepage allows users to search for an upcoming court date by their case number or name and birth date. Judicial leaders are hoping it’s another way for those working through cases to know their next hearing and show up for court. The new tool was one of the numerous ‘natural consequences’ of the courts adjusting to COVID-19 pandemic, said Robin Houwman, the presiding judge for the Second Circuit Court, which includes Minnehaha and Lincoln counties.”

Washington Post: A rural S.D. community ignored the virus for months. Then people started dying.

Washington Post: A rural S.D. community ignored the virus for months. Then people started dying.. “In a state where the Republican governor, Kristi L. Noem, has defied calls for a statewide mask mandate even as cases hit record levels, many in this rural community an hour west of Sioux Falls ignored the virus for months, not bothering with masks or social distancing. Restaurants were packed. Big weddings and funerals went on as planned. Then people started dying.”

Argus Leader: Some COVID-19 patients flown out of state as S.D. hospital ICU capacity dwindles

Argus Leader: Some COVID-19 patients flown out of state as S.D. hospital ICU capacity dwindles. “South Dakota’s largest hospitals are at or above their capacity to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients, forcing some of the sickest patients to be flown out of state to receive care. The strain of a months-long surge in coronavirus cases has reduced hospital capacity to care for those with severe symptoms, making it increasingly uncertain whether the sickest South Dakotans will be able to get treatment in the state, health providers say.”

COVID at the Capitol: More legislators fall ill after gathering in Pierre last week (Argus Leader)

Argus Leader: COVID at the Capitol: More legislators fall ill after gathering in Pierre last week. “At least three South Dakota lawmakers who attended Gov. Kristi Noem’s budget address last week in Pierre have since been diagnosed with COVID-19. Sens. Helene Duhamel (R-Rapid City) and Reynold Nesiba (D-Sioux Falls) last week confirmed they had come down with the coronavirus after returning home from their legislative duties, which included hours side-by-side other lawmakers at the capitol as well as a leadership dinner at the governor’s mansion.”

Covid-19: The mask-wearing US city that bucked the trend (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: The mask-wearing US city that bucked the trend. “More than half of US states currently have a mask mandate in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, but the issue has become highly controversial. We’ve taken a closer look at one mask-wearing US city, which has diverged from the state-wide policy. Care needs to be taken in drawing conclusions about wearing face coverings, but we can look at and compare the available data and consider the range of factors that may be involved in differing infection rates.”

New York Times: 1 America, 1 Pandemic, 2 Realities

New York Times: 1 America, 1 Pandemic, 2 Realities. “The pandemic and the nation’s disjointed response have taken the notion of two Americas to a new extreme. As known coronavirus cases in the United States have surpassed 12 million over the course of the pandemic, the daily routines of millions of Americans are now shaped by their ZIP codes and governors and beliefs about the virus: Do they wear masks? Go to school in person or online? Eat out? Get exposed to the virus?”

NPR: Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different COVID-19 Results

NPR: Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different COVID-19 Results. “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 500 cases per 100,000 people. That’s the lowest rate in the nation.”

Wall Street Journal: A College Basketball Tournament Needed a Safe Home. It Moved to a Covid Hot Spot.

Wall Street Journal: A College Basketball Tournament Needed a Safe Home. It Moved to a Covid Hot Spot.. “Some of the best teams in college basketball were supposed to be celebrating Thanksgiving in the Bahamas. But when the pandemic canceled a tournament called the Battle 4 Atlantis, the schools had to change their plans. They ripped up their tickets to paradise and booked trips to South Dakota. The relocated teams were seeking a safer place to play. They happened to pick a part of the country with one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks anywhere in the world.”

South Dakota Nurse: Dying COVID Patients Think It’s Fake (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: South Dakota Nurse: Dying COVID Patients Think It’s Fake. “A South Dakota nurse whose tweets went viral over the weekend says the hardest part of her job is convincing some critically ill patients that they really do have COVID-19. ‘Their last dying words are, “This can’t be happening, it’s not real,”‘ Jodi Doering said on CNN. ‘Even after positive results come back, they don’t believe it.’”