When South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she would not put the state under lock down and destroy its economy over COVID, everyone said this decision was a grave mistake.
Noem said she trusted the people of South Dakota (population 900,000) to make the right decisions and would not rob people of their civil liberties and freedom to enforce stay-at-home orders.
And despite having no lock down, the number of active COVID cases is starting to decline. Here are South Dakota’s latest COVID stats, as of Saturday, May 16, 202, according to Keloland News:
- Active cases sits at 1,242, down 27 from the day previous. There were 72 new cases of COVID, compared to 99 recoveries
- Death total for COVID is 44.
- 36 of the people who died were over the age of 60 — 82%.
- The total number of people testing positive for COVID in the state sits at 3,959.
- 2,673 people have recovered from COVID.
- 304 people have been hospitalized for COVID and only 75 are currently in the hospital, down 5 from Friday.