Mainstream media admitted that the pandemic plan by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida has been largely a success.

The article by CNN admits that DeSantis has been able to save the economy of the state without the massive death toll that many were predicting.

As many parts of the country embark on an uneasy march toward normalcy, Florida is not only back in business — it’s been in business for the better part of the past year. DeSantis’ gamble to take a laissez faire approach appears to be paying off — at least politically, at least for now, as other governors capturing attention in the opening phase of the pandemic now face steeper challenges.

The article also said that Florida is booming compared to other states that locked down their economies.

DeSantis refused to implement a mask mandate in the first place, making him an outlier a year ago. At the time, he was hewing closely to President Donald Trump’s playbook, which he argued at the time was good for business.

The unemployment rate in Florida is 4.8 %, according to the latest figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to 6.8% in Texas, 8.8% in New York and 9% in California.

Florida was right to reopen the economy and schools

Florida is attracting new businesses and residents because of how it handled the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on March 02 during his annual State of the State address.

The Governor has received wide praise for his pandemic response, including resisting lockdowns, shutting visitors out of nursing homes and reopening classrooms for the 2020-21 academic year.

Florida Politics reported:

Where lockdowns remain in states like California, Illinois and New York, the Governor predicted the beginning of longterm damage to children, families and society.

“Sow the wind, and you reap the whirlwind,” DeSantis said.

Every job is essential in Florida, he said, and businesses have the right to operate. Florida is one of the top destinations for business relocations.

“Economic lockdowns are a luxury of the largely affluent Zoom class,” DeSantis said.

As a result of Florida’s open economy, the state is generating more revenue than even the latest estimates made in December, DeSantis said. The Legislature even has spending room to advance longterm priorities, including on water, education and infrastructure.

In the middle of his speech, the Governor played a video of teachers, students, business owners, and seniors praising DeSantis and his policies.

Why do California and Florida have similar COVID-19 case rates?

Despite different restrictions during the pandemic, California and Florida have similar per capita rates of COVID-19 cases.

Healthline reports:

California and Florida have taken different approaches to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both states initiated lockdowns early in the pandemic, but since then, Florida has eschewed mask mandates, lockdowns, and other public health guidelines to mitigate deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19.

California, on the other hand, has had multiple lockdowns and a mask mandate in place since June 18, 2020.

Despite this, per capita cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 in these states are similar.

California has had about 8,900 cases per 100,000 people while Florida has had about 8,700 per 100,000.

That fact has been seized upon by some as evidence that mask wearing, physical distancing, and other mitigation efforts are not effective at preventing the spread of the virus.

Ron DeSantis’s Florida is the success story of coronavirus

Washington Examiner suggested: “Perhaps the best example of a large state succeeding amid this crisis is conservative Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Florida.”

It reports:

Florida is larger in population than New York, more disproportionately elderly, visited by more potentially infected tourists, and (as of the last census) its population is more concentrated in urban areas. Yet somehow, in spite of all these disadvantages, Florida’s death rate from the coronavirus is roughly half that of the Empire State. (Before you leap to attribute this to the sunny weather, note that Arizona, Louisiana, and Mississippi are all in the top 10 for death rate, whereas frigid Vermont, Idaho, Maine, and Utah are near the bottom.)

If the goal were to minimize coronavirus deaths while also maximizing the openness of one’s state, the numbers bear out DeSantis’s success. In addition to having a much lower death rate, Florida had 25% fewer hospitalizations and 25% fewer new cases as of the end of January. In contrast to Cuomo’s heavy-handed vaccination policies, which had hospitals doing all the heavy lifting and resulted in many doses being thrown out rather than given to the “wrong” people, DeSantis has created drive-thru testing and vaccination sites and expects to administer more than 300,000 shots this week.

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