South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem outlines the role of government in a crisis situation.
"My role with respect to public safety is something I take very seriously," Noem said. "[But its] the people themselves [who] are primarily responsible for their safety. They are the ones entrusted with expansive freedoms - they are free to exercise their rights to work, worship, and play - or to stay at home, or to conduct social distancing."
“The calls to apply a one-size-fits-all approach to this problem in South Dakota is herd mentality, not leadership," she said.
“My responsibility is to respect the rights of the people who elected me, and to manage our state operations in a way that reflects the realities of what we have here on the ground here. On the foundation of my principles, commonsense conservative values, and the principles we hold dear in America, the facts, the science, and the data will guide our decision-making here in South Dakota.”