The ardently conservative state's largest group representing doctors has said it "strongly supports" a mask mandate, and several South Dakota cities now require masksto be worn in stores and public buildings. Health officials have reported 259 deaths in November - about a third of the state's total death toll over the course of the pandemic.
Doering said that nurses are meant to be a last line of defense, and that things like social distancing and masks should be utilized.
South Dakota led the United States in new cases and deaths per capita last week, but the governor, Republican Kristi L. Noem, has consistently refused to implement a statewide mask mandate, and has sided with President Trump in showing disdain and antagonism towards mainstream scientific opinion. "Over the past week, cases are on the rise in 48 states", Noem said. "Cases are on the rise in 39 of those 41 states", she continued. And then they stop yelling at you when they get intubated. You look at Montana, they've had a mask mandate in place since July. South Dakota ranks in the top seven states for the metric.
Jodi Doering's tweets about her experiences caring for COVID-19 patients went viral and she was invited to share her revelations on CNN's New Day. South Dakota has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate of nearly anywhere in the world - only North Dakota and the entire countries of Belgium and the Czech Republic rank higher.
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During her press conference, Noem also mentioned that South Dakota remains below the national average mortality rate and has the "7th lowest case fatality rate in the country".
Sioux Falls will once again be faced with a possible "no lingering" ordinance and potential mask mandate as multiple city council members bring a new plan to their Tuesday meeting. Amid demands from medical experts and commentators that Noem adopt a mask mandate, she observed that imposing a mandate without enforcement is virtually the same as issuing guidelines without a mandate, as her administration has done.
"In the bigger picture, when you try to reason with people and be like 'Can I call your family, your kids, your wife, your friends, your wife, your brother?' and they say 'No because I'm going to be fine, '" she said.