Lockdown States Like California and New York have higher all-cause mortality rates

Lockdown States Like California and New York have higher all-cause mortality rates

Florida Remains Below the National Average

Under the steady leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, and despite being faced with challenges as a result of the COVID pandemic, Florida was able to safely reopen– allowing students to return to school and Floridians to go back to work. Businesses started reopening safely and Florida’s economy is recovering.   Additionally, an aggressive vaccination effort which has been underway in Florida since December, has resulted in more than 2.4 million Floridians being vaccinated against COVID.

Florida continues to outperform lockdown states like California and New York on all metrics – from lower mortality, to availability of in-person education, to a lower unemployment rate.

Below we have included several graphs that will provide you with a true picture of Florida’s outcomes based on Gov. DeSantis’ smart and science-based policies.



A Tale of Florida vs. Lockdown States – California, New York have higher all-cause mortality rate

“Lockdown Deaths” – California (and New York) had significant increase in all-cause mortality per capita from 2019 to 2020

  • Compared to Florida, 34 states had a higher rate of all-cause mortality from 2019 to 2020, per capita. States with higher-than-average increases almost assuredly saw increased deaths resulting from lockdown policies, not just from COVID.
  • Compared to Florida, 38 other states rank higher for COVID mortality among seniors 65 and older, per capita.

Florida has fewer pediatric COVID-19 cases while having the highest rate of in-person instruction offered.

  • Kids belong in school and Florida’s decision to keep schools open was the right thing to do.
  • Schools have been open in Florida and thankfully Florida has fewer COVID-positive cases among kids. When compared to other large states, Florida has fewer pediatric cases per capita. (Please note: New York doesn’t make pediatric cases publicly available).

From the beginning, Governor DeSantis got it right on nursing homes and protecting the most vulnerable.

  • California and New York had significantly higher rates for new COVID-19 cases compared to Florida, per 1 million.
  • California and New York had significantly higher hospitalizations compared to Florida, per 1 million.
  • The mainstream media was so desperate to vilify the Trump Administration and Governor DeSantis that they emboldened lockdown states like California and New York. Turns out, Governor DeSantis was ahead of the curve with his actions early on during the pandemic to protect the state’s most vulnerable and his actions saved lives:
    • Governor DeSantis established 23 COVID-19 dedicated nursing facilities across the state to prevent spread within long-term care facilities, help with hospital decompression and protect long-term care patients. The Governor also required hospitals to test all individuals discharged to long-term care facilities and required these facilities to transfer COVID-19 positive residents if the facility was not equipped for appropriate care.
    • Governor DeSantis issued an executive order putting Seniors First and prioritizing seniors 65 and older to receive the vaccine. To date, 40% of Florida’s nearly 4.5 million senior population have received a vaccine.
    • Governor DeSantis deployed Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Health Strike Teams to nursing homes and assisted living facilities for testing throughout the pandemic, and now for vaccine distribution.
    • Governor DeSantis launched a pilot program for homebound seniors, including Holocaust survivors, WWII and Korean War veterans and anti-communist Bay of Pigs veterans, to prioritize and protect our Greatest Generation.

Florida’s economic recovery is leading the nation.

  • Florida leads the nation’s most populous states in unemployment rate for December 2020, and Florida was well below the national average.
  • Home sales in Florida continued to increase during the height of the pandemic as Americans fled lockdown states.
  • U-Haul migration data shows that Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for one-way rental moving vans. California ranks 50th (the worst!) and New York ranks 42nd.