North and South Dakota are among the states that have administered the most number of vaccinations in the country so far.
While speaking with Newsweek, South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesperson Tony Mangan said that "it's about a 20 vehicle pileup in the northbound of the I-29 about one mile North of the Dell Rapids exit."
Virus infections preceded more deaths than other leading causes in many of those states before the start of November.
"Rather than following the pack and mandating harsh rules, South Dakota provides our residents with information about what is happening on the ground in our state—the science, facts and data," Noem wrote in an op-ed.
Daily infections are projected to hit over a million by January 10 if "vaccine distribution is scaled up over 90 days" and "governments do not re-impose mandates if cases increase," according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
The state's three major hospitals have reported limited ICU space.
South Dakota and Minnesota are among the states that reported the highest average daily cases per 100,000 people in the past week.
South Dakota officials reported 47 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday as the death toll nears 1,000 across the state.
The highest number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations per million recorded to date was 968 in New York in April, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.
"I respect the voice of the voters in South Dakota, however in this case I believe the process was flawed and done improperly," Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said in a statement explaining a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the voter-approved legalization of marijuana.
One-third of all 87 counties in Minnesota had a COVID-19 case stemming from the Sturgis motorcycle rally in August.
"It is exhausting," Dr. Austin Simonson said, explaining that the "difficulty" is getting everyone to realize that "we have a long way to go" before the pandemic is over.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem continues to resist widespread public calls for increased mitigation protocols—despite skyrocketing COVID-19 cases reported throughout the state.
South Dakota currently has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 56 percent and the highest number of hospitalizations in the country.
Millions of Americans are set to cast their votes against the backdrop of 231,000 people having died from COVID-19.
The U.S. recorded 91,295 coronavirus cases on Thursday—the largest single-day rise since the outbreak began.
Weekly new cases in the U.S. have been rising since late September, according to data from the World Health Organization.
Several states in the Midwest of the country, including North and South Dakota, have reported the highest number of infections per capita in the last week.
Police said the incident occurred after Derek John Arndt, 36, was refused service at a bar in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
North Dakota also has the highest rate of infection per capita out of any state in the nation.
"Less Covid, more hunting, that's the plan for the future," Governor Kristi Noem said in the video, which was captioned: "This is how we do social distancing in South Dakota."
Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Hawaii and Virginia are among the states where new COVID-19 deaths have increased in recent weeks.
New infections were reported to have increased in Wisconsin, Utah, Tennessee, North Dakota and South Dakota in recent weeks.
Video footage of the incident shows two police officers attempting to march the man out of the public meeting in South Dakota.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem confirmed the attorney general's involvement in the car accident.
North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois are at risk of a spike in coronavirus cases.
More than 460,000 people attended the 10-day event, which did not enforce social distancing guidelines or the wearing of masks.