A week ago, I wrote a bit about South and North Dakota’s somewhat different but yet, in the end, similar failures to control COVID. Now let’s compare North Dakota and New York.
A few days ago, in North Dakota, a young woman who’s a long-time family friend had a bad reaction to some medication she was taking for a serious illness. She went to the Emergency Department of one of the hospitals in her big-for-ND city, and wasn’t able to get any treatment. Why? Because North Dakota hospitals are full to the brim with COVID patients. Here’s the situation on Monday:
Sanford Health Bismarck had one available staffed ICU bed and one available staffed in-patient bed as of Monday, according to the Department of Health. The CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck had no staffed ICU bed available and 10 in-patient staffed beds open.
Some additional ICU space opened up in Fargo, with now 13 staffed ICU beds available compared to the three that were available as of Sunday.
Overall, the state announced Monday that there are 25 available staffed ICU beds and 263 available staffed in-patient beds.
A couple of days ago, in Rochester, a young woman that I’ve known for all of her life — my daughter — woke up in the middle of the night with a pretty serious and painful kidney infection. She went to the Emergency Department and was treated and released after a few hours that included a complete work up and IV antibiotics.
My daughter is fine today because of the care she received, and because of our state’s immense effort to control COVID. Our friend, who got through the reaction, is doing well out of pure fucking luck.
Yet, in a little under two weeks, a vast majority of North Dakotans will go to the polls and dutifully vote for Donald J Trump, probably not wearing masks, no matter how many tears their governor cries, or how many pediatricians beg him to institute a statewide mask mandate.