Many states have enacted very strict lockdown policies and yet are still struggling with the coronavirus. For example, the southeastern region of Pennsylvania has been under a stay-at-home order since for almost six weeks and cases continue to mount.
However, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is trying a different strategy and it’s working.
Breitbart News reports:
“South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican and the governor of one of just a handful of states that has not issued a statewide lockdown order, told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday her state is winning the war against the coronavirus without the extreme and draconian measures some other states have implemented.
Noem said that despite earlier projections of a surge on the hospitals in South Dakota and nationwide, “no, we haven’t” seen such a surge. In fact, South Dakota has—again, without a lockdown—cut that number down by 75 percent of the projections, with much less than a hundred people in the hospital.
According to the state’s Department of Health website, there have been 1,858 cases of coronavirus in South Dakota—937 people have recovered. There have been only 9 deaths, and there are 62 people currently hospitalized. In total, only 111 people were ever hospitalized for coronavirus in South Dakota—far less than ever was expected.
“I think we’ve got maybe 60 people in the hospital right now,” Noem said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “We have 2,500 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients, but we only have 63 in. We probably, from all of our projections and studying the science behind the virus, we won’t peak until the middle of June. But we already have done much better than what we had thought would have been hitting our state already.”
Here’s a great update.
THANK YOU to the people of South Dakota! You’re the reason that I love our great state. pic.twitter.com/jO8tcXZcPl
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 18, 2020
Sweden took an even more casual approach they haven’t shut down one bit. Bars, cafes, and stores are all open and according to the country’s chief epidemiologist, it’s working.
“In major parts of Sweden, around Stockholm, we have reached a plateau (in new cases) and we’re already seeing the effect of herd immunity and in a few weeks’ time we’ll see even more of the effects of that. And in the rest of the country, the situation is stable,” Dr. Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency, told CNBC on Tuesday.
Herd immunity is considered when 60% of a population is immune to a virus.
So as the media and Democrats are forecasting doom and gloom using “science” and “facts”, there’s South Dakota and Sweden with real actual data.