Kristi Noem Slams CBS For ‘Misleading’ Report On ‘Strained’ Hospitals Treating Virus Patients: ‘40% Of Our Beds Are Empty’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem hit back against a CBS report claiming hospitals in the state are “strained” due to an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations.

“More misleading reporting from CBS. There are 547 people — STATEWIDE — in the hospital in South Dakota w COVID. That’s less than 20% of those hospitalized. Nearly 40% of our beds are empty,” the South Dakota Republican tweeted Tuesday.

“Our doctors & nurses are doing an OUTSTANDING job taking care of those who need extra care,” Noem added.

Her tweet came in response to a CBS tweet of a video news segment showing how coronavirus cases are increasing in states such as South Dakota and Indiana.

“HOSPITALS STRAINED: South Dakota and Indiana have the highest rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations per capita nationwide,” the tweet read. “@DavidBegnaud spoke with battle-weary health care workers on the frontlines of the crisis in both states.”

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“We start in South Dakota, as the virus rages, so does the debate,” a reporter says in the segment, before showing local residents debating over mask-wearing and how the virus spreads.

The report notes that South Dakota “leads the nation in per capita hospitalizations.”

There have been at least 80,912 cases and 948 deaths in South Dakota since the pandemic first hit the United States last winter. The New York Times reports that the seven-day average of coronavirus patients in hospitals sits at 555.

The governor has been repeatedly denounced by Democratic leaders and the media for refusing to shut South Dakota down amid the pandemic, but has stuck by her stance.

She reiterated ahead of Thanksgiving that the state wouldn’t “stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together” during the holiday.

“Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of #COVID19,” Noem said in a Twitter thread. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving.”

“Some states across the country are imposing restrictions on Thanksgiving celebrations. Some in the media are even looking ahead and planning to cancel Christmas. I’ll continue to encourage each and every one of you to exercise personal responsibility and make smart choices,” she added.

Author: Emma Colton

Source: Washington Examiner: Kristi Noem slams CBS for ‘misleading’ report on ‘strained’ hospitals treating virus patients: ‘40% of our beds are empty’

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