April 16, 2020

South Dakota to Test Hydroxychloroquine as Coronavirus Cure

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

South Dakota is set to become the first state to test hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Coronavirus.

The Background:

Gov. Kristi Noem has been steadfast in his dismissal of what she has called “draconian measures” related to Coronavirus shutdowns, but under her leadership, Noem is set to make South Dakota the first state to test hydroxychloroquine on a large scale as a treatment for Coronavirus.

The Rapid City Journal reports:

Noem said this is the first “state-endorsed, state-backed, statewide” clinical trial in the U.S. and the state will cover some costs with federal funds it received for the coronavirus.

Noem said in her daily coronavirus briefing that she’s communicated with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner about securing enough hydroxychloroquine to treat up to 100,000 South Dakotans.

Notable Quotes:

“The outpatient clinical trials are the 2,000 we want to treat. The inpatient and the outpatient that have COVID-19, we can treat as many patients as needed in that registry trial, so there’s not a limitation to how many of those are positive with the disease that we can treat. What we really want to find out is does this medication work?”

  • Dr. Allison Suttle, chief medical officer at Sanford Health

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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