Republican-Led States Have Fewer Than Half the COVID Deaths of Dem-Led States

By Susan Jones | August 4, 2020 | 11:37am EDT
Democrats continue to flog Trump for his response to the pandemic.
Democrats continue to flog Trump for his response to the pandemic.

( - The latest CDC data shows that the 26 states led by Republican governors have fewer than half the COVID-involved deaths of the 24 states (and D.C.) led by Democrats.

Based on death certificates recorded by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics as of August 1, 43,832 people have died of COVID in the 26 states led by Republican governors, which is 46.03 percent of the 95,205 people who have died in states (and D.C.) where Democrats hold the highest office.

New York City has had so many COVID-involved deaths (20,520) it merits a line of its own in the CDC table showing provisional deaths from COVID.

Combining NYC with the rest of New York, the Empire State has had at least 31,841 COVID-involved deaths, far above the next highest state of New Jersey, which counts 13,930 deaths. California (8,103 COVID deaths), Massachusetts (7,798) and Pennsylvania (7,398) round out the top five.

At the other end of the scale, Alaska has had the fewest COVID deaths (14) so far. Wyoming (22), Hawaii (23), Montana (43) and Vermont (57) are not far behind Alaska.

Of course, states led by Republican governors are not necessarily conservative or "red" states.

But of the 30 "red" states that helped elect Donald Trump in 2016, COVID-involved deaths now total 51,631, which is 59.07 percent of the 87,406 COVID deaths in the 20 states and D.C. that voted for Hillary Clinton.

CDC tracks "confirmed or presumed" COVID deaths on a weekly basis, continually updating the provisional numbers as more death certificates come in.

It notes that some of the data -- especially the most recent data -- is incomplete, because of the lag between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction and cause of death.

Despite the lag time, CDC says provisional death counts “deliver the most complete and accurate picture of lives lost to COVID-19” because they are based on death certificates, which are “the most reliable source of data.”

'Virus is receding'

President Trump told a news conference on Monday, "We are beginning to see evidence of significant progress" on the "China virus."

"Nationwide, the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6 percent from the week before, and the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7 percent to 8 percent over that same period of time -- an encouraging sign, very encouraging. I have to add that the virus is receding," Trump said.

"In hotspots across the South and West we have seen slow improvements from their recent weekly peaks. Arizona's weekly case counts have dropped 37 percent that is a tremendous drop, and the governor and the state have done a fantastic job -- down 37 percent; Texas down 18.7 percent. I was there a couple of days ago, and Florida -- 21.2 percent drop, so that is a tremendous job that they are all doing."

Trump mentioned the need to contain "flareups" in states where case numbers are rising. "And I think you will find that they are soon going to be very much under control," he said.

Democrats, meanwhile, continue to blame Trump for his handling of the pandemic.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for a "reset" in the Trump administration’s pandemic response, but aside from urging Trump to “tell the truth,” he offered no specifics.

"You want to start over.  You want to hit the reset button," Cuomo told a news conference. He said the reset should begin with Trump telling the American people the truth -- that the coronavirus is "deadly serious."

"It was not a political issue and it shouldn't have been politicized," said Cuomo, who has reaped plenty of free air time during the crisis to promote his own political ambitions.

Cuomo told the news conference that "an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere."

That's what we should have learned in China, that's what we should have learned from MERS and SARS and Ebola and swine flu and H1N1. An outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. It's still true and the truth is none of us are safe until all of us are safe. That is the truth.

If we don't tell the truth on the reset, COVID it will never end, and it will ricochet across the country. It will just bounce back and forth -- you see how it's bouncing now it's ricocheting? It's Florida, it's Texas, it's the Midwest, it's California, oh, it's back to New Jersey is on the rise, oh, it's back to Massachusetts is on the rise.

It will continue, this ricocheting across the country, because that's what viruses do. It will never end. This was a colossal blunder, how COVID was handled by this federal government -- colossal blunder. Shame on all of you. Six months, lives lost.

Hit the reset button, yes, but the way the medical experts are talking about it won't work. It won't work unless you hit the reset button and you start with the truth because if the American people are continued to be lied to the confusion, the chaos, and the denial will continue. Hit the reset button. It's called the truth. It's called the plain truth.

The American people are smart. If the President actually tells them the truth and says "I made a mistake" he's not going to be telling them anything they don't know. Every American knows he made a mistake. Every American knows this was the worst government blunder in modern history...

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