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North Dakota records world's highest COVID-19 mortality rate

North Dakota’s coronavirus mortality rate is the highest of any U.S. state or country, according to an analysis of data from last week conducted by the Federation of American Scientists.

The analysis, first reported by HuffPost, shows that North Dakota has a rate of 18.2 deaths per 1 million people. South Dakota, meanwhile, has 17.4 deaths per million, the third-worst rate in the world. The states have a total population of under 2 million.

The two states have taken disparate approaches to the rising number of cases. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) imposed a new series of restrictions on businesses last week and imposed a new mandate in certain settings. “Our situation has changed, and we must change with it,” he said.

“We believe in North Dakotans. We believe in the power of individual responsibility. And we need individual responsibility now more than ever to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Burgum added.

However, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a close ally of President Trump’s, has vocally opposed mask mandates and questioned the efficacy of masks as a safeguard against the spread of the virus.

Modeling by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projected that continuing under current conditions would lead to deaths in both states more than doubling by March 1. This would mean topping more than 3,000 fatalities.

On Monday, North Dakota’s Department of Health reported 1,089 new positive cases of the virus and a rolling 14-day positivity rate of 15.9 percent. South Dakota reported 821 new confirmed cases and 18,139 active cases overall.

by Anonymousreply 1611/21/2020

From The Hill so can't be linked

by Anonymousreply 111/18/2020

We warned you!!

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2020

I'm sorry but isn't this the state that elected a guy who died before the election from COVID?

by Anonymousreply 311/18/2020

Personal responsibility means you don't whine when you realize you made a deadly decision

by Anonymousreply 411/18/2020

listen next time.

by Anonymousreply 511/18/2020

#thatsashame

by Anonymousreply 611/18/2020

SO?

There's a lot of land there. Plenty of room for new graves.

by Anonymousreply 711/18/2020

“We believe in North Dakotans. We believe in individual responsibility.”

How’s that working out?

by Anonymousreply 811/18/2020

^^^ North Dakotans seem to be shirking their "individual responsibility" not to die.

by Anonymousreply 911/18/2020

I wonder what Miss North Dakota, Haley Wolf (competing as Miss West Fargo) thinks of all this COVID-19 stuff. Maybe she needs to switch her "platform" from "teen suicide awareness" to "COVID-19 awareness."

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by Anonymousreply 1011/18/2020

Womp, womp.

Play stupid games, win plague prizes.

by Anonymousreply 1111/18/2020

Red State. Die you fuckers.

by Anonymousreply 1211/18/2020

And that's not even counting the birds.

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by Anonymousreply 1311/21/2020

For the next highest candidate below.

by Anonymousreply 1411/21/2020

I can't wait to see the statistics after this is all over on what percentage of the population died.

You can't want more for people than they want for themselves.

by Anonymousreply 1511/21/2020

It’s almost as if ignoring science during a pandemic had consequences

by Anonymousreply 1611/21/2020
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