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South Dakota governor travels out of state amid state's spike in case

South Dakota governor travels out of state amid state's spike in case
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemMontana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools MORE (R), whose profile has risen nationally during the coronavirus pandemic, made several out-of-state appearances this weekend amid an ongoing outbreak in the state, according to The Associated Press.

Although South Dakota’s daily increases have trended down in recent days, about 1 in 68 people in the state of under 1 million people has tested positive in the last two weeks. The state has also reported about 33 deaths per 100,000 people.

Overall, the state has seen 85,991 cases of the virus and 1,110 deaths, with a test positivity rate of just over 25 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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On Monday, South Dakota reported 447 new cases of the virus and no new deaths.

South Dakota also played host to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, which has been blamed for at least 86 cases of the virus in Minnesota.

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Noem, one of only a few governors never to impose lockdown measures during the spring wave of the virus, left the state this weekend to participate in the opening ceremonies of a Texas rodeo. She also attended Sunday’s Georgia Senate debate as a guest of Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R) and took questions from press afterward.

Noem has seen her star rise within the party in 2020. She gave a speech at the Republican National Convention and accompanied President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE to a July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore. The governor’s office has said her travel is not bankrolled by state funds, but she is frequently accompanied by highway patrolmen for security.