⚠️📣 Remember 4 wks ago when @DLeonhardt posted his "Red Covid" story citing my data showing the death rate since June was 47/100K where Trump received >70% of the vote vs. just 10/100K where he received <32%?
I had an incident which wasn't nearly as bad as this, but in the 4th grade, I was in the "gold reading group." We had started reading a new book when my family left the state for a week's vacation (I think it was for my cousin's Bat Mitzvah or something). 1/
For those too young to remember: The feature film version of The Twilight Zone consisted of an anthology of 4 short films. One of the four stories was directed by John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Trading PLaces, etc.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_…
This segment was about a racist/bigot who finds himself experiencing hate/fear as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust, a Black man being hunted by the KKK, and as a Vietnamese man being fired at during the Vietnam War.
“Superman can’t be Black! That makes no sense!”
“Superman can’t be bisexual! That makes no sense!”
“Superman can’t cause time to reverse itself by flying around the Earth really fast and reversing its rotation! That makes no…oh, wait…”
Oh yeah: Superman can’t use a phone booth to change into his costume anymore either, since there’s no longer any phone booths. Thing change. You have to roll with it.
The author notes that Utah's COVID death rate ranks 45th nationally. That's true....since the beginning of the pandemic. However, my data specifically covers the period of the Delta variant, starting on July 1st, 2021...and Utah's death rate ranks 27th since then. 1/
Re. the author's final claim--that if I had focused on UTAH at the county level, the NY Times wouldn't have been interested--he might want to rethink that.
(I had to modify the bar groupings because there's no way of breaking Utah into even 10ths at the county level)
🚨 NEW: The CDC has updated their COVID Community Profile Report w/Florida's weekly *county-level* death breakout. This allows me to update the bar graph w/the death rate since June by Trump 2020 vote for 99.4% of the U.S. population (50 states + DC only) in two different ways.
🚨 If you go by flat 10-point election increments, the death rate since 6/30/21 in the reddest/Trumpiest counties are over NINE TIMES HIGHER than in the bluest counties.
🚨 However, only 116K people live in the former & just 1.7M live in the latter, so I've also run it a second way.
If you break the population into 10 brackets of ~33.1 million apiece from blue to red, the death rate for the Trumpiest 10% is *still* 5.1x higher:
I can't begin to tell you what a #BigFrigginDeal this is if you don't have healthcare coverage and received unemployment benefits for even a single week in 2021. You can STILL enroll in practically FREE coverage for the rest of this year.
Premiums: $0 (that's right...FREE.)
Deductible: A few hundred bucks at most
Other Out of Pocket expenses: A few hundred bucks at most.
As long as all services are in network, you're limited to extremely low out of pocket expenses.
⚠️ Annnnnnnd there it is: COVID death rate by county since 6/30/21 by Trump 2020 vote, now including Florida, updated as of 9/15/21.
Note that besides Nebraska, this doesn’t include several thousand deaths whose county of residence is unknown. Also, some of Florida’s deaths to date still won’t show up for another couple of weeks.
FWIW, the death rate in the reddest bracket is 8.2x higher than in the bluest bracket. Of course, there's only a tiny number of people living in either of those, so it's probably more representative to look at the 5.5x ratio between the 80-90 & 10-20 brackets.