December 29, 2020
Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level: 5
Things of Note:
Cases remain high in South Dakota and in all neighboring states; North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, Iowa and Wyoming.
In the United States a harrowing number of people have died, over 343 hundred thousand.
We continue to track Minnesota, North Dakota and Vermont for comparison. All three states have a mask mandate in place. We are tracking Vermont as a counterpoint to South Dakota with its similar population, rural living, and Republican governor. Note the disparity of deaths between South Dakota and Vermont, 1,448 vs. 129.