Study in Contrast Between Florida and California
New data is questioning the effectiveness of lockdowns. The approach to the COVID-19 virus could not have been any more different between Florida and California. While California still remains limited in what is open with mask mandates still in place, Florida is effectively wide open with no mask mandates being enforced. Case in point, Disneyland in California is still closed while Florida’s Disney World has been open since July.
Looking at the Rates of COVID-19
Even though the two states have employed vastly different strategies, the rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been minimal. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both California and Florida have seen a case rate hovering at about 8,900 per 100,000 residents. This data stretches back to the beginning of the pandemic.
In addition to confirmed cases per population, both states rank in the middle of the country when it comes to death rates. As of the end of last week, Florida ranked 27th and California was 28th.
Comparing Connecticut and South Dakota
Another interesting set of data comes when comparing Connecticut to South Dakota. Both of these states rank among the worst when measuring death rates. However, the approach of each state has not been the same. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont mandated strict restrictions over the last year while South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem earned a reputation for keeping her state completely open through the pandemic.
It is difficult to know how much to trust the data. Lamont would say that his state was already in a precarious position because of population density compared to that of South Dakota.