South Dakota governor refused a state shut down, her constituents threw her a parade

While almost every state issued some kind of stay at home order to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, a handful did not, including South Dakota. Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of the western state, urged the people in her state to take precautions, but with a low infection rate, did not impose a stay at home restriction on her state.

“Without panicking, I encourage all South Dakotans to take this seriously,” Noem said during a March press conference. “The cases [in South Dakota] are travel-related,” Noem added.

Her decision was so popular with some of her constituents that they decided to throw her a parade.

According to Newsweek, John Morris of Morris Inc. Construction Company organized the event and hundreds of people showed up.

Noem tweeted that the parade made her day.

The state currently has 802 active cases, most from a pork plant where an outbreak occurred, causing it to shut down. The Smithville Foods plant re-opened on Monday.

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