In mid-March of this year we presented our views of the proper reaction to the coronavirus madness that was engulfing our country…
… persons over 50 are only at-risk for the Wuhan virus if they have underlying health conditions. For the most part, again as we know things today, advanced age (70+) is among the major risk factors.
Logic would dictate that these are the people who should self-quarantine and be tested regularly. And, they should be isolated from young people and healthy adults who, if they become infected, might not realize they have anything more than a common cold.
This would allow time for the virus, which presents as a normal cold or flu, to circulate among the healthy so that their immune systems develop the necessary antibodies to combat the virus long term. Nature at play… survival of the fittest.
It is acknowledged here that the virus is highly contagious, but all indications are that it poses no serious dangers for young people and working age adults who do not have underlying medical conditions.
If the vast majority of workers and consumers are not seriously threatened, why are we shutting down our economy? After all, the business of America is business.
Never before had we quarantined healthy people and Noem wasn’t about to start.
One governor had the courage to break from the pack and instead she followed nearly 240 years of precedent and refused to shut her state’s economy down.
And now, that woman, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has gone one better. Noem, a Republican, announced that the state would be declining extra federal funding.
Noem says that the monies targeted for the $400 weekly unemployment insurance increase, that the Trump administration extended last week though executive action, won’t be necessary… her state’s economy was already in a strong economic position because it never shut down.
SD Governor Kristi Noem’s full statement:
“Despite significant disfunction in Congress, President Trump continues to problem solve and provide great leadership during this recovery effort,” said Governor Noem.
“My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it.
“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses. South Dakota is the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation.
“We have the third best housing construction market in the country. And many, many businesses are looking to relocate to South Dakota because of the decisions we made during the pandemic. South Dakota is open for business – that applies to our business owners and their employees.”
Now here’s the kicker… early on Governor Noem issued an executive order directing the elderly and those with preexisting conditions to stay at home. She also directed employees in general to practice social distancing and, when possible, telecommute.
Noem’s E.O. also provided guidance for businesses to follow in order to respond to any potential outbreak.
Noem’s courageous “break from the pack” response has been noticed by President Trump’s wing of the Republican Party with her name being catapulted as high as suggesting she should be the 2024 presidential nominee.