SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health has canceled a Chris Young concert that had been slated to coincide with South Dakota’s Governor’s Hunt in Sioux Falls later this fall.

The cancellation comes on the heels of an article by the The Daily Beast criticizing the indoor country concert that was published earlier this week.

It also comes during a time at which South Dakota’s hospitalization rates are climbing, a statistic that Gov. Kristi Noem has highlighted as most critical when measuring COVID-19’s impact on public health in the state.

“Sanford Health is proud to be supporting the Governor’s Sportsmen’s Showcase because of its significant economic impact to South Dakota,” Micah Aberson, Sanford Health executive vice president, said an email to Forum News Service Wednesday, Sept. 23.

“Our sponsorship this year included the addition of the Chris Young concert. That concert has since been canceled. The health and safety of our patients and communities remain our priority.”

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In the past, Noem has boosted the state’s low hospitalization rates and stable economy as reasons why government mandated shutdowns are an unnecessary step in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 14 to 192 on Wednesday, Sept. 23. That’s only counting South Dakota residents, according to the state Department of Health website.

The state’s death toll remained at 202 as of Wednesday.