Blue State, Red State. How do they protect their nursing home population, and do they care?

How do Red States take care of their most vulnerable population as opposed to Blue States. There are two outstanding states, Red State Alaska and Blu state Hawaii, both with zero deaths from COVID-19 in their Long Term Care homes.

After that we can see that the difference in deaths as a percentage of all deaths in their state is not that great, except that all states where over 80% of all Corona virus deaths in nursing homes and other LTC facilities are all Blue States.

The New York statistics are misleading, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order forcing nursing homes to take in COVID patients, and when they were to ill they were taken to hospitals, died and were not counted as LTC patients any more. New Jersey more or less copied the New York order. Pennsylvania did likewise, but the health secretary Rachel Levine ralized what was happening and took her own mother out of her nursing home. Michigan had a special problem, too many COVID patients in greater Detroit nursing homes, but extra capacity in Northern Michigan, so she transferred Covid patients up north to even out the COVID load. These were all deeds of Democrat Governors.

Here is the table, per state. Three states have not reported yet.

…………………………………….Deaths                                                                     Deaths

………………………………….per       as                                                                    per       as

……………….Trump      10,000  percentage                                 Clinton  10,000 percent

State          Plurality   LTC       of all deaths          State          Plurality LTC   of deaths

Wyoming       47.6%        12     28.6%              D. C.                       88.7%         xx    34.3%

West Virginia 42.2%       38      56.6%             Hawaii                    32.2%          0        0%

Oklahoma       36.4%       72      53.8%              California              28.8%       88    43.5%

North Dakota 36.3%       46       77%                 Vermont               28.5%        52     50%

Idaho               31.6%        42       57.1%            Massachusetts     27.3%     796    62.2%

Kentucky         29.8%       80       57.4%            Maryland              25.2%       326   54.7%

South Dakota 29.8%         xx      xx                   New York            21.3%       265   13.8%

Alabama          28.3%       82       44.4%            Washington         16.2%       103    61.1%

Arkansas          26.6%       19      35.9%             Illinois                   16.0%      309    52.1%

Nebraska         26.3%        39      48.4%            Rhode Island        15.6%      515    81.8%

Tennessee       26.2%        32     39.7%             Connecticut         13.3%       808    48.2%

Kansas              21.0%        36     51.2%             New Jersey          13.2%       866    42.2%

Montana         20.0%           7     35.3%             Delaware             11.5%       407     62.8%

Louisiana         19.7%        385   39.9%             Oregon                 10.6%         28     57%

Indiana            19.3%        178    47.8%             New Mexico         8.3%        168     45%

Missouri          19’1%        xx            xx               Virginia               4.9%        176    56.4%

Mississippi      18.6%        198    50.6%             Colorado               2.8%        210    49.4%

Utah                 18.1%          42     42.5%            Nevada                  2.4%        107    26.1%

Alaska                15.2%        0          o%               Maine                    1.8%          29    54.7%

South Carolina 14.1%         83    43.9%             Minnesota          1.5%         109    81.4%

Iowa                    9,6%       107     48.4%            New Hampshire    0.4%     180     81.9%

Texas                   9.2%        66      45.8%

Ohio                    8.6%       144     70.5%

Georgia               5.7%       176     48.8%

Arizona               4.1%        145     55.3%

North Carolina   3.8%         76      47.8%

Florida                 1.3%         84      49.3%

Pennsylvania      1.2%       305    67.4%

Wisconsin           1.0%         47    41.7%

Michigan              0.3%        xx     xx

 

It is more dangerous to live in a state with a Democrat Governor than it is with a Republican Governor, at least in regard to COVID-19

Taking a snapshot of the COVID-19 cases as of Apr 23 I was curious to see if there were any differences in infection and death rates between states that has a Democrat Governor and those states that has a Republican Governor. And indeed there is, there are nearly three times as many cases (2.89) in states with a Democrat Governor as there are in states with a Republican governor, and the death rate is 62% higher, a more telling statistic.

There could be many reasons for this discrepancy, but here is some food for thought: The indoor environment is where most viruses spread, elevators, staircases, central ventilation, mass transportation just to name a few. This is typical of the urban environment. Living in rural areas on the other hand, much more time is spent outdoors, in sunshine, which kills the virus nearly immediately and fresh air is very good for basic health. Therefore to issue a nationwide ban to stay inside was the wrong thing to do. Cleanliness, social distancing and get outside as much as possible would have been much better. Go out, plant your garden, take your boat out for a weekend spin or visit your cottage in the woods. If you don’t have a cottage just take a walk in the woods and listen to the sounds of spring, but don’t put canned music in your ears. If you don’t have any woods nearby, use any area not crowded.  That is one way to eliminate cabin fever.

Here are the statistics, state by state.

Democratic governor      Cases                  Deaths

New York                             268,581                 20861

New Jersey                         100,025                 5428

California                             39620                    1531

Pennsylvania                     37053                    1685

Illinois                                   36934                    1688

Michigan                              35291                    2997

Louisiana                             25739                    1599

Connecticut                        23100                    1639

Washington                        12753                    711

Virginia                                 11594                    410

Colorado                              11262                    552

North Carolina                   7854                       281

Rhode Island                      6256                       189

Wisconsin                            5052                       257

Nevada                                4208                       189

Kentucky                             3481                       191

District of Columbia        3361                       139

Delaware                             3308                       92

Minnesota                          2942                       200

Kansas                                  2734                       113

New Mexico                       2379                       78

Oregon                                 2127                       83

Maine                                   937                         44

Hawaii                                   596                         12

Montana                             442                         14

Total:                            647,099                   40,983  Death rate 6.33%

 

 

Republican governor     Cases                    Deaths

Massachusetts                  46023                    2360

Florida                                  29648                    987

Texas                                    22393                    576

Georgia                                21883                    881

Maryland                             15737                    748

Ohio                                      14694                    656

Indiana                                 13039                    706

Tennessee                          8266                       170

Missouri                               6384                       243

Alabama                              5832                       201

Arizona                                 5769                       249

Mississippi                          5153                       201

South Carolina                   4917                       150

Iowa                                      3924                       96

Utah                                      3612                       35

Oklahoma                           3017                       179

Arkansas                              2599                       45

Nebraska                             2124                       47

South Dakota                     1956                       9

Idaho                                    1836                       54

New Hampshire                1670                       51

West Virginia                      981                         31

Vermont                              825                         43

North Dakota                     709                         15

Wyoming                             453                         7

Alaska                                   337                         9

Total:                           223,781                       8,749      Death rate 3.91%