As South Dakota virus cases rise, governor posts video of her shooting a bird: “More hunting, less COVID”

Over the last two weeks, South Dakota has reported the nation’s second-highest number of new coronavirus cases per capita. The rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by nearly 50% in that time.

But the surge in cases has not put a stop to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem’s tourism pitch. In a video recently posted on Twitter, she declares:  “This is how we do social distancing in our state.” Noem then shoots what appears to be a pheasant and says, “Less COVID, more hunting. That’s the plan for the future.”

South Dakota Department of Health officials on Sunday reported 412 new cases of the coronavirus, for a total of 2,849 positive tests in seven days and 21,541 cases since the pandemic began.

The number of active cases increased

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