Republican-led states, including Texas and Florida, report fewer coronavirus cases than Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York – all of which are led by prominent Democrats who refuse to reverse COVID-19 regulations and statewide mask warrants, according to CDC data.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been widely criticized by the left after completely canceling the state’s mandate on March 10 and fully reopening his state. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was also accused of endangering Florida residents when he allowed businesses to fully reopen in September without a mask warrant.
NEARLY HALF OF THESE NEW COVID CASES FROM THESE FIVE STATES
As both states have been successful in keeping case positivity rates low and starting the long road to economic recovery, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan – which are still bound by ongoing restrictions – have leads to daily increase in COVID-19 cases.
Together, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey accounted for 44% of all new infections between March 29 and April 4 with about 197,500 of about 452,000 cases seen nationwide, according to data from the ‘Johns Hopkins University.
Michigan has seen the worst rates of COVID-19 positivity in recent weeks, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The state has reported 390.2 cases of the virus per 100,000 in the past seven days. Governor Gretchen Whitmer blamed spring break travelers to Florida, urged returning Sunshine State residents to work from home for a week or have their children learn remotely for a week.
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Pennsylvania has seen a troubling increase in coronavirus cases and associated hospitalizations this month, with health officials reporting 221.4 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days.
New York City has reported 206.1 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days. The rest of the Empire State accounted for 176.4 cases per 100,000 last week, according to CDC data. Despite this, New Yorkers are increasingly frustrated with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing mask tenure. The tangled Democrat is currently under investigation for his handling of the pandemic in senior care facilities.
The Biden administration has repeatedly pushed for mask mandates across the country. President Biden criticized Texas for lifting its rules in March, calling it at the time “Neanderthal thinking,” but the state has seen only a drop in cases and hospitalizations since then.
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