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More False Covid Hysteria

Let’s start with this blaring headline from the Miami Herald:

White House looks at domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida

For those of you not familiar with my previous pieces on the Florida pandemic as viewed from my perch in the Sarasota/Bradenton area (A Covid Panic Update and Why Does the Liberal Media Refuse to Report Meaningful Data on COVID?), I have been a consistent critic of the scare tactics because I look at the actual facts.
Here’s the latest numbers for February compared to November and December 2020. The percent of patients hospitalized with COVID at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in December was 10.3%. That number now is 6.27%. Do you call that a surge?

The 7 Day Positivity rate has gone from 5.4% in November to 3.2%. Yes, people are still being infected with COVID and a very small percentage of those are hospitalized. And even smaller number wind up in the ICU.

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And what about the death rate? If you just read the Miami Herald headline you would assume they are stacking bodies. Nope. The number of people who have died at Sarasota Memorial in the last 86 days (17 November 2020 to 10 February 2021) is averaging 1 per day. (Yes, I know, two died today but none died yesterday, so it averages out).

Stumbling Joe Biden, or should I say his handlers, are pissed that Ron DeSantis, our Governor, is not playing the fear game. Florida is open for business and we have something approaching a normal, pre-COVID life (except for the brainwashed who have been bamboozled into improperly wearing masks).

Republican governors need to go on the offensive. They should require every hospital to collect and publish data along the lines of what Sarasota Memorial Hospital puts out every day. Those numbers should be posted on a website that all citizens can read. But additional data is needed. What are the ages of the people dying? Florida is called God’s waiting room by some wags because of the swarm of elderly that have put down roots here to avoid shoveling feet of global warming in such charming iceboxes as Massachusetts, Minnesota and Iowa. Guess what? Old people die. Not just from COVID.

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Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that COVID is not a real, serious disease. But it is not the only disease that threatens life and we should not be bullied into sacrificing our Constitutional rights just because some out of touch bureaucrats buried in the bowels of Washington try to tell you where you can worship and who you can hang out with.

I believe information is power and we need to put more of the correct information into the hands of each and every American. You are more trusted to run your life than letting slow Joe do it.

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital 17-Nov 15-Dec 10-Feb
Today’s patient census: 678 757 718
COVID-positive patients total 57 78 45
% of Covid Patients in Hospital 8.41% 10.30% 6.27%
ICU census: 51 57 55
CoVID-positive patients in ICU 12 9 10
% of Covid Patients in ICU 23.53% 15.79% 18.18%
Total Hospital Beds 839 839 839
Total ICU Beds 62 62 72
7-Day SMH positivity rate 5.40% 4.63% 3.20%
Patients who tested positive 1348 1701 2811
Patients who tested negative 32011 38265 52510
% of Patient who tested positive 4.21% 4.45% 5.35%
Patients hospitalized since outbreak began (Mar 2, 2020) 1134 1410 1999
Patients treated/discharged 1233 1548 2304
Patient Deaths 112 140 203

 

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