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As the Southern Hemisphere approaches summer and the Northern approaches winter, the impact of the virus is changing. There are now SEVEN Northern Hemisphere countries in the red zone for new infections: Israel, France, Belgium, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Czechia and Spain. The USA is not yet on that list, but it is close, and its infection rate is rising steadily. (Infections have increased for the last two weeks.) Mercifully, the rise in infections has not yet strained the hospitals or caused a corresponding rise in fatalities. Unfortunately, the infection rate is usually an early indicator of fatalities in the near future, like the ghost of Christmas yet to come.
The Dakotas are in serious trouble. Consider the following example which contrasts South Dakota to the red zone and a state which has taken dramatic action:
Testing rate: the red zone is 10%
South Dakota 22%, New York 1%
New cases per day: the red zone is 143 per million
South Dakota 523, New York 54
New fatalities per day: the red zone is 3.0 per million
South Dakota 9.0, New York 0.3
And North Dakota has even higher rates of new cases and new fatalities than South Dakota!