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US South Dakota governor resists mandate despite coronavirus surge

04:30  24 november  2020
04:30  24 november  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

The Dakotas are 'as bad as it gets anywhere in the world' for COVID-19

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Republican governors in South Dakota and Arizona said Thursday that they would not implement more coronavirus restrictions, while Florida and Indiana largely lifted coronavirus restrictions entirely, as GOP leaders move toward completely easing restrictions on businesses and gatherings even as

South Dakota has reported more COVID-19 deaths per capita over the last week than anywhere else in the country, and it has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Sioux Falls, mask-wearing is now mandatory, said Mayor Paul TenHaken — but there's no enforcement behind it. 

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"If you if you think that the enforcement piece is going to all of a sudden create this mass level of compliance that isn't there without it, that's not true," the mayor said.

Nicole Knoshel, a 22-year old, wasn't wearing a mask when CBS News met her as she was about to enter a bar.

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced a mask mandate for the state Friday evening, as confirmed coronavirus cases rose to record levels. 13. It is intended to help alleviate hospitals overwhelmed by virus patients, a news release from the governor said.

"Honestly, I am a registered nurse on a COVID unit," she said. "I do care about other people and their health as well."

Governor Kristi Noem is against mask mandates. But the state is split over how to respond to the pandemic.

The leader of the largest health system in the Dakotas doesn't agree with his medical director over whether there's a crisis.  

"It's hard for me to say we are at a crisis," Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft told CBS News.

When the medical director was asked if she would classify the situation in the Dakotas as a crisis, the response was clear: "I would."

An hour north of Sioux Falls, the city of Brookings reports the lowest infection rate in the state. Masks have been mandatory there since early September. 

"There are lots of folks in South Dakota, thousands of people in South Dakota, that understand the reality of what we're facing," one Brookings resident said.

Back in Sioux Falls, the mayor has taken heat for his response to questions about why so many people don't want to wear a mask. "This is cowboy country, man," TenHaken said. "And you try and tell someone to do something and they want to do the opposite." 

Ravens WR Willie Snead tests positive for COVID-19 Sunday .
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