NY mishandled COVID-19 lockdown, Florida among best: study


New York, New Jersey and California failed in their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic due to lockdowns and strict policies, while Florida was among the best performing states in the country, according to a new study.

The study, published by the Committee To Unleash Prosperity, ranked states comparing COVID-19 outcomes based on death toll, economy and impact on education.

Overall, the bottom 10 on the study’s “report card” were dominated by states that had the most severe pandemic lockdowns and were among the last to finally reopen schools.

“Closing their economies and their schools has been by far the biggest mistake made by governors and state officials during COVID, especially in blue states,” Stephen Moore, one of the authors of the study and co-founder of the Committee To Unleash Prosperity.

Although now-disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo was initially praised for his tough response to the pandemic, the Empire State performed ‘poorly across the board’ – ranking 49th overall, according to the report. ‘study.

New Jersey was the worst performing state, according to the study. Other locations that also received an F rating included California, Illinois, and Washington D.C.

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was first hailed as a hero before the number of nursing home deaths was released.
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A person wearing a protective mask walks past a downtown retail store as the city continues Phase 4 of reopening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on September 8, 2020.
A person wearing a protective mask walks past a downtown retail store as the city continues Phase 4 of reopening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on September 8, 2020.
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“They had high age-adjusted death rates, they had high unemployment and large GDP losses, and they kept their schools closed much longer than almost any other state,” the study says. .

Utah, Nebraska, Vermont and Florida, all governed by Republicans, top the list.

The study found that states that closed businesses, churches, schools and restaurants for long periods of time had no lower death rates than those that remained wide open.

According to the study, California ranked 27th in terms of deaths during the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the study, California ranked 27th in terms of deaths during the COVID-19 crisis. CA Gov. Newsom is pictured here.
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Firefighters with Operation Freedom of Choice, an organization formed by firefighters opposed to vaccination mandates.
Firefighters with Operation Freedom of Choice, an organization formed by firefighters opposed to vaccination mandates.
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Nursing home policies may explain low death rates in some states, such as New Jersey and New York, where Cuomo faced backlash for an order directing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Florida, whose GOP Governor Ron DeSantis removed COVID restrictions earlier in the pandemic, ranked 28th in mortality, according to the study. By comparison, heavily locked-down California came in at 27th in fatalities.

School closures had no impact on the number of child or adult deaths, the study found.

“States that locked down their economies had unemployment rates on average about two percentage points higher than states that did not engage in severe lockdowns, the researchers added.

“These high state unemployment rates have persisted for two years now. Most of the states in lockdown still haven’t fully recovered the jobs lost in the early months of COVID.

New York ranked 33rd for least impact on education and second to last for economic performance. California came in at 50th for its education disruption and 40th for measuring the economy.

Comparatively, Florida was third for least impact on education and 13th for economic performance.

The study was authored by University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan, Stephen Moore of The Heritage Foundation and Phil Kerpen of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity.

The results of the bulletin were also published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

New York Post

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