South Dakota’s death spike vs. the rest of the planet:
New York’s death spike was worse this spring - before treatments, testing, mask-wearing and with vastly higher population density.
South Dakota now has about 1/2 of New York’s deaths per capita. But it’s catching up fast, and some of its counties rival NYC for deaths per capita. Another couple of months at these levels and it would be vying for deadliest state overall.
How bad is South Dakota's death spike?

The ~175 deaths reported in the past week would be ~65,000 if the entire country had that the same level of deaths per capita.

USA's death rate is now about 10,000/week

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22 Nov
🚨The South Dakota death superspike continues.

Another !!!42!!! reported dead today.

Like the USA reporting 15,666 deaths in one day.
Was days ago South Dakota blasted bast the national average death toll. Then it hit 1 in 1,200 dead a couple days ago. Now, 1 in 1,100 dead. In a couple days it will likely hit 1 in 1,000 dead. Both Dakotas are on a trajectory that would have them top the deadliest states in USA.
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22 Nov
The USA COVID death toll run-rate is now *1 per minute.*
If the death count goes up just a bit more, it would become the leading cause of death per day. It's already multiple times deadlier than the flu + car accident deaths + gun fatalities.
A reminder that less than a month ago Don Jr. said the deaths were down to "almost nothing"
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22 Nov
MORE NEWS breaking in Pennsylvania...
PAT TOOMEY says Trump lost, Biden won, and CALLS on Trump to concede he lots and move on with the transition.
Toomey hints Trump's legacy is at stake.

"To ensure that he is remembered for these outstanding accomplishments, and to help unify our country, President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process."
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17 Nov
SPOTTED: John Thune, the whip, is talking to PAT ROBERTS, who told @LauraLitvan he is undecided
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17 Nov
JUDY SHELTON’s confirmation to the FED today now likely rests on KAMALA HARRIS showing up to vote.

Dem whip DURBIN tells @LauraLitvan they asked her office but not clear yet if she will make it.…
Harris was the only Democrat to miss vote this morning; she’s been in Delaware working on the transition.
Vote is expected to be 49-48 NO if Harris shows up; if she doesn’t, Pence can break a tie.

Provided there aren’t any late-breaking GOP defections.
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17 Nov
North Dakota hits COVID milestone:

1 out of every 1,000 residents dead
Another couple months at current rate of death and North Dakota would top New Jersey as the deadliest state for the pandemic, despite lack of density, better treatment options and so on.
About 75% of North Dakota's deaths came in just the last two months.
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