“Unexpectedly”, Minnesota’s neighbors – well, at least the ones run by people who came up through the world of business, rather than public employment or the non-profit/industrial complex – are kicking Minnesota’s passive-aggressive tush at dealing with Coronavirus.
You could look at it in terms of deaths per million (South Dakota is 1/3 Minnesota’s rate; North Dakota, half). You could look at it in terms of ICU utilization (all are doing all right, but it’s interesting to imagine how much better the lower-density states would be doing but for the ravages of Obamacare on rural healthcare).
Oh, yeah – and testing?
Which Governor Walz, for about the tenth time in six weeks put out there as the dispositive factor in re-opening, notwithstanding the fact that Minnesota’s bureaucracy is no better at un-flattening the curve with tests than it is at managing its budget?
Oh, what do you think? Numbers as of yesterday.
North Dakota 54,330
South Dakota 22,009
Bear in mind, progs in the audience – this is in terms of tests per million.
The businesspeople – who largely happen to be Republicans, but that’s more an effect than a cause – are doing the job better.
Suppose Minnesota will learn the lesson?