COVID: CALIFORNIA vs. FLORIDA

California has some of the highest COVID restrictions in the nation, whereas Florida has lifted many of its restrictions, including restaurants and schools.  Let’s explore the facts. As of 03/09/2021, there are 16 states that have lifted COVID restrictions/mask mandates.

CALIFORNIAFLORIDA
Total Cases Overall                    3,620,0001,980,000
Total deaths (03/15/20-03/14/21)56,35132,254
SchoolsSix million students in distance learning.A projected cost (incentive) of at least $2 billion just to open TK-2nd grade classes by 04/01/21.All schools open as of October 2020.
Restaurants/DiningNearly 95% statewide shutdown of indoor dining.All restaurants and dining open as of June 2020.
2020 Year-End Report: Losers1.6 million job loss. Business property values plummet by 30%. Unemployment rate 9%. >111,000 callers to LifeLine (suicide helpline) from Jan-Jun 2020. 
2020 Year-End Report: WinnersCalifornia State: tax collection $10.5 billion ahead of schedule, billions in federal money is paying hotels for rooms for homeless and meal delivery services for seniors and homeless. Billionaires and large corporations: wealth increased by $1.3 trillion. Ventura County public official: pay raised by 12.5% during the pandemic.Florida constituents: recovered >60% of lost jobs. Suicide rates dropped by 13%.

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