After Sturgis Rally, COVID Cases And Hospitalizations RiseRumbles from the motorcycles and rock shows of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally have hardly cleared from the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the reports of COVID-19 infections among rallygoers are already streaming in — 178 cases across five states, according to contact tracers.
South Dakota Sees Quick Vaccine Delivery, But Health Experts Worry Rural Residents Could Be Left BehindSouth Dakota is looking to build on one of the nation's fastest COVID-19 vaccinations rollouts so far by making vaccines available to a much larger group of people, though some health care providers are cautioning that vulnerable people in rural areas could be left behind in the rush.
South Dakota's Kristi Noem Among Governors Ignoring CDC Advice On Thanksgiving GatheringsCoronavirus infections are ravaging South Dakota, where more than half of tests have come back positive for weeks. Yet Gov. Kristi Noem won't require masks or take other measures to curb the spread, including urging families to limit Thanksgiving gatherings.
South Dakota's Kristi Noem Defends Forgoing Masks As COVID SurgesSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday defended those who choose not to wear masks in public, even as her state deals with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the nation.
South Dakota Medical Groups Promote Masks, Countering Gov. Kristi NoemSouth Dakota's largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation's worst outbreaks, a move that countered Gov. Kristi Noem's position of casting doubt on the efficacy of wearing face coverings in public.
COVID Hits Rural Midwestern Communities, Leaving Small Town Doctors WorriedRural counties across Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana sit among the top in the nation for new cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. In counties with just a few thousand people, the number of cases per capita can soar with even a small outbreak — and the toll hits close to home in tight-knit towns.
South Dakota Tribe Reports Scramble For Hospital Beds: 'We Can't Do Much Here'A small hospital serving the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has sent two coronavirus patients to an out-of-state hospital in recent days, the tribe's health department said Wednesday, even as South Dakota’s top health officials insist the state has plenty of hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.
North Dakota, South Dakota Lead U.S. In COVID-19 Growth, As Republican Governors Reject Mask RequirementsCoronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic.
MDH Confirms 15 COVID-19 Cases Tied To Sturgis RallyOn Friday, Minnesota health officials confirmed 15 COVID-19 cases tied to people who visited the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota.
Crowds Of Bikers Gather At Sturgis Rally, With Little Signs Of COVID-19 PrecautionsThe coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.