South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said her state has successfully contained coronavirus without crippling lockdowns.
In an interview Wednesday, the Republican said a “one size fits all” approach does not work in health emergencies because population density and economic structure vary state-to-state.
She added that South Dakota managed to cut down the number of COVID cases by 75 percent without hurting its economy. So far, the state has had a total of 1,800 coronavirus cases and nine deaths.
Noem said her trust in the people of South Dakota has been a decisive factor in defeating the virus.
“And as soon as the President was on national TV asking the state and asking people to stay home, they did that,” she explained. “He asked us to stay home for 15 days and without any mandate and forced business closures or shelter-in-place orders in South Dakota, the people of South Dakota did a responsible thing and they stayed home.”
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 22, 2020
The governor added that she did not impose virus-related lockdowns because they violate the U.S. Constitution.
Author: OAN Newsroom