Kristi Noem Blames COVID Testing For Explosion Of COVID Cases In Her State

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Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) did not explain how an increase in testing would account for the rise in hospitalizations.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) blamed her state’s surge in coronavirus cases on an increase in testing, even as the number of hospitalizations hit a new high.

  • The Associated Press reported that currently there are “no open general-care hospital beds in the southeastern part of the state, which contains the two largest hospitals, according to the Department of Health.”
  • Noem said, "We have triple the amount of testing that we are doing in the state of South Dakota, which is why we’re seeing elevated positive cases.”
  • She added: “That’s normal, that’s natural, that’s expected.”
  • Noem did not explain how increased testing would account for the rise in hospitalizations.

The Department of Health reported 302 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, including 61 in Intensive Care Units.


The Department of Health also reported 414 more people had tested positive for the virus. No deaths were reported, leaving the number of people who have died from COVID-19 at 288.

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