Tuesday, April 06, 2021

New Jersey leads the nation in Covid cases per capita

Further to the IPBiz post New Jersey seniors to Governor Murphy: [you're] killing me softly with your song , the Courier-News, in a front page story on April 6, 2021 stated:

(...)New Jersey leads the nation in cases per capita the past seven days, with 351 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On page 11A, the April 6 Courier News ran a story "Alleged vaccine favoritism examined," by one Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, which discussed charges made in the "60 Minutes" story of April 5 by Sharyn Alfonsi. A different issue about the story had been raised by Fox News; IPBiz had written:

Unlike Hawaii, New Jersey did not have 70+ as first priority or anything other than 65+. Neither did Florida. In first two weeks of Jan 2021, police/firemen were given vax. Then as of 15 Jan 21, over 65 and some others. Difficult to get appt and fierce competition. NJ "state" website only covered 8% of available vax. Curiously, "60 Minutes" criticized DeSantis for prioritizing seniors (over 65) tho Murphy did exactly same thing. **from 60 min "Florida's rollout started pretty typically. The first doses were given to healthcare workers and nursing home residents in early December," Alfonsi began. "But then, a few weeks later, Gov. Ron DeSantis, breaking from CDC guidelines, announced he would not vaccinate teachers and essential workers next but instead put seniors first, making anyone 65 and over eligible for the vaccine, the first in the country to do that." "DeSantis said seniors were at highest risk," she added, implying that it was an unsubstantiated claim made by the governor rather than following the science that showed a substantially larger death toll amongst older Americans. Recent demographic data from the Centers for Disease Control shows about 80 percent of coronavirus deaths have been among ages 65 and older, and 95 percent of them among those over age 50. The report went on to suggest DeSantis was to blame for having Florida's 4.5 million seniors "compete against each other" to get the vaccine and for the state's Health Department phone lines "failing" and websites "crashing." **Separately

If Hawaii has high OVERALL vax fraction, but low 65+ vax fraction, then there is more than late 65+ rollout.


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