“Hey, Florida. Help is here.”
Those were the words tweeted by Vice President Kamala Harris as she disembarked from Air Force Two in Jacksonville, Florida, where she made a stop to tout the COVID vaccine.
Hey Florida! Help is Here. pic.twitter.com/XYt2NVUxs4
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 22, 2021
As a resident of the Sunshine State, I have the following message for the vice president: We don’t need your help!
Florida has led the nation during the COVID pandemic, keeping the virus relatively under control while also keeping the economy open, thus ensuring that jobs haven’t been lost at the levels like what we’ve seen in states such as California and New York.
Thanks to the best governor in America, Ron DeSantis, Florida protected the state’s large senior population while letting those who are younger and at less of a risk of dying from the disease live their lives.
And the proof is in the pudding as they say.
The following statistics were reported by the Daily Wire:
“In terms of raw count, Florida has 2.01 million reported cases of COVID-19. This places them third in the nation, with California having 3.65 million cases and Texas having 2.76 million cases.
However, when we adjust for population size — as we must to fairly compare any two states — the ranking changes. Florida has 9,178 cases per 100,000 in population, while New York City alone has 9,560 cases per 100,000 in population, with New York State (excluding New York City) having 8,944 cases per 100,000 in population. New Jersey also has 9,749 cases per 100,000 in population.
In fact, Florida is ranked 30th (29th if we exclude New York City) in terms of case rate per 100,000 people. North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah, Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, Iowa, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Carolina, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Indiana, Idaho, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Montana, Illinois, Wyoming, New York City, Delaware, Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Missouri all have a higher case rate per 100,000 people than Florida.
In terms of raw count, Florida has 32,778 deaths from COVID-19. This places them fourth in the nation, with California having 57,744 deaths, New York having 48,959 deaths, and Texas having 47,616 deaths.
When we adjust for population size, the ranking changes again. Florida has 152 deaths per 100,000 in population. New York City alone has 365 deaths per 100,000 in population, while New York (excluding New York City) has 168 deaths per 100,000 in population. New Jersey has 272 deaths per 100,000 in population, and Illinois has 184 deaths per 100,000 in population.
In comparison, 26 states have a higher death rate than Florida. New York City, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Arizona, Connecticut, South Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Delaware and Ohio all ranked higher than Florida.”
So, thanks, but no thanks, Kamala. We are doing just fine here in the Sunshine State, so leave us alone. You will only make things worse.
Because as President Reagan once said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”