You may recall that SD Gov. Kristi Noem famously encouraged the Sturgis biker thingie to go on during the Pandemic and turned her state into a Trump-Virus tourism attraction. To this day, she still refuses to do any sort of executive order in her state to, you know, SAVE LIVES.
A South Dakota lawmaker who earlier this week visited Gov. Kristi Noem’s mansion and attended her budget address in Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.
Sen. Helene Duhamel, R-Rapid City, alerted Senate majority leadership Wednesday that she had fallen ill and tested positive with coronavirus since returning home from the capitol where she and other legislators met the day prior.
“When I learned (this morning) about the positive test — which was this morning — I asked the senator for permission to notify senators that were in Pierre yesterday,” said Lee Schoenbeck, the Watertown Republican serving as President Pro Tempore in the Senate.
Related: The WaPo tells us about the city of Mitchell SD, one of many red-state Possum Hollars where residents blindly followed GOP leaders in not taking the Trump-Virus seriously until people started dying—and where a group of Trum-Virus Truthers continue to vehemently oppose a local mask mandate. It’s a really good read, here’s a taste:
“…Then people started dying. The wife of the former bank president. A state legislator. The guy whose family has owned the bike shop since 1959. Then Timmins, a mild-spoken 72-year-old who had worked with hundreds of local kids during six decades as a Little League and high school coach and referee.
“His death shook Mitchell just as its leaders were contemplating something previously denounced and dismissed: a requirement that its staunchly conservative residents wear masks.
“As Wellsandt-Zell led those mourning Timmins in the hymn “Jesus Loves Me,” the rumble of an approaching helicopter cut through the sound of the singing and the mourners’ soft tears. In Mitchell, the medical emergency helicopter, once a rare occurrence, now comes nearly every day, ferrying the growing number of people desperately ill with COVID-19 to a hospital that might be able to save them.
“Sirens echoing through the empty streets of New York marked the pandemic’s first phase. Swirling blades of helicopters on the American plains is the soundtrack of a deadly fall.
“Oh, my God, here we go again, Wellsandt-Zell thought. Another one…”