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Ranking the states by COVID age-adjusted death rates, June 2023 edition
Neither New York nor Florida rank
Well, it seems that somebody is trying to keep in the news:
'New York had fewer deaths!'
Wars over COVID-19 continue to take center stage in the race for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination.
Former President Donald Trump is taking Ron DeSantis to task again over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, contending Florida saw more COVID casualties than New York, which was governed by Democrat Andrew Cuomo during much of the early wave of the disease.
Well, there are many ways we can rank this, and I have ranked the states re: COVID deaths before:
2020-2021: When Cuomo was gov
To make it simple, let’s just look at the tile grid map for 2020:
Now, you may say, “Hey, that scale doesn’t let us distinguish between Florida and New York very well!”, and you would be correct. I’m about to give you numbers for the years, with the age-adjusted death rates for COVID for those two states.
New York vs. Florida COVID death rates
Here you go:
(Spreadsheet with the data will be at bottom of post)
That overall rank is lower number is not good (#1 having the highest overall COVID age-adjusted death rate. That’s Mississippi.)
An explanation for age-adjusted death rates is here:
To be sure, Cuomo was governor of New York only up to August 23, 2021, so maybe he doesn’t get the full year head-to-head on 2021, and I should only compare up to that point… but that’s really quibbling.
I think it’s best for the governors not to try to take credit for matters of life and death, when they don’t really have a lot of control… or when they do, it may come to bite them on the ass.
I know it’s futile to tell the loud mouths Trump and Cuomo to shut up, but they really should shut up about this.
It’s several months since my last update, so here are the new maps for 2022 alone and 2020-2022:
Now you may see why I picked that specific numerical scale.
With COVID subsiding in 2022, you may see some states are laggards re: mortality. Those may be places that need particular focus with COVID care.
Full period 2020-2022
It really seems that most states were equally hard-hit.
Again, I don’t think any particular state’s governor can come in for kudos at a high level with respect to COVID mortality. They had little control over that.
But maybe, for a future post, I’ll look specifically at how states did with regards to COVID mortality for their oldest residents (age 85+).
Top ten ranking
These had the worst mortality:
More southerly, eh? Seeing lots of border states there.
Spreadsheets and methodology
2022 data from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics System, Provisional Mortality on CDC WONDER Online Database. Data are from the final Multiple Cause of Death Files, 2018-2021, and from provisional data for years 2022-2023, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd-icd10-provisional.html on Jun 2, 2023.
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