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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has received plenty of admiration from freedom-loving Americans for her handling of the COVID-19 situation in South Dakota.

And, on Wednesday, she reiterated her reluctance for a statewide mask mandate.

“The fact is that cases are increasing in many of those states as well,” Noem said “If you look at Wisconsin, they’ve had a mask mandate since August and they have a higher rate of spread than the state of South Dakota. You look at Montana, they’ve had a mask mandate in place since July. Both of those states have higher rates of spread than the state of South Dakota. When you look at Wyoming, they have the fastest spread in the nation. And that is the concern that I have. I don’t want to approach a policy or a mandate just looking to make people feel good, I want to do good and actually put forward provisions that make a difference for families and these local families have some flexibility today.”

Author: Jacob Hall