Nearly a year later when COVID-19 first touched the United States, California and Florida – both responding to the epidemic in their own way – giving vastly different results.
Florida, which is more open and less restrictive than its west coast counterpart, has only recorded upwards of 1.5 million cases. Nevertheless, when it comes to COVID lockdowns in the country, California is almost twice the number since the onset of the epidemic, despite being the strictest.
Although Florida’s population is less than California’s, both states have an equal number of cases per 100,000 residents.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced harsh criticism for its strict handling of coronoviruses. During 2020, he has ordered the closure of bars, indoor food and other businesses in counties undergoing a certain range of COVID-19 cases.
The Florida government, Ron DeSantis, however, has taken a different approach. Although he took measures similar to Newsome on the epidemic, he allowed bars and restaurants to open until June. A few months later, he lifted more statewide restrictions on the economy and banned the law from imposing fines to those who do not wear masks.
In October, DeSantis said statewide school closures due to coronoviruses are not a viable option and “should be off the table.”
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Meanwhile, most of California’s 6 million public school students have been learning remotely since the epidemic began in March. The Democratic governor late last month announced a $ 2 billion plan to pursue state schools to allow state schools to return to the classroom in February.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths in Florida, however, outnumber those in California – 110 per 100,000 residents, to 81 per 100,000 residents. However, higher numbers may reflect the older population of Florida.
Yet data from the CDC show that California’s death rate is increasing in Florida with seven-day average deaths at 1.4 per 100,000 residents per day, compared to Florida’s 0.8 per 100,000. And as of Saturday, positive tests in California also outnumber 105 new cases per 100,000 at Florida’s 64 per 100,000.
California reached a serious milestone this week with about 3 million coronavirus cases. Deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County – an epicenter of the US epidemic – work for one person within about six minutes.
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California’s hospitalization rate is also 56 per 100,000 residents compared to Florida, compared to 36 per 100,000 residents in Florida.
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