In the past several weeks, Gov. Kristi Noem has shown an extraordinary ability to walk and chew gum at the same time. It’s not easy to balance both public health and economic concerns, but her leadership during the current public health crisis is deserving of applause, and South Dakotans should be proud of her diligence.
Gov. Noem led coordination efforts with the federal government, the South Dakota National Guard, and private labs and medical suppliers to create a public health strategy that will properly support and equip health care workers when COVID-19 inevitably peaks in South Dakota.
She worked with the legislature to preserve the state funds needed to fight the growing COVID-19 outbreak and plans to call a special session in June to adjust the budget even further. She is also committed to removing barriers to work and making it easier for South Dakotans to earn a living and provide for their families during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.