Wednesday, February 03, 2021

COVID New England

Someone kindly pointed out to me the New England states in the United States. Thank you. I don't know about the politics of New Hampshire where Maribeth lives aside from it having a Republican governor and it being generally conservative. Maribeth occasionally informs me us or me about COVID being rampant in her state.

Cross the border to another New England state, Vermont, it also has a Republican governor yet it is a brilliant success story. It matters little which party the governor is from but what rules are put in place. The governor of Vermont took COVID very seriously, put in place severe restrictions and the result is that the state of Vermont is a success story among the states so far as COVID goes, even better than the island state of Hawaii where it would not have been hard to keep COVID out.


28 comments:

  1. Actions speak a great deal louder than words don't they? The politicians who said that they grieved with and for the affected families and did nothing have blood on their hands as far as I am concerned.

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    1. I so agree EC. Just lip service.

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  2. As guilty as those who commit genocide but of course will not be held accountable.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, to use an old Aussie expression, It's about the economy stupid.

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  3. Leadership comes from the top and throughout 2020, Trump seemed to treat COVID-19 like an irritating wasp at a barbecue party. He should have been addressing it like a war leader. 457,856 Americans have now died from the coronavirus. State governors needed a lead from The White House. They didn't get it until Mr Biden took over pretty late in the day.

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    1. YP, I agree with you about how $45 should have handled it. As I have said, he is criminally responsible. The state governors had no leadership and some did well, but most did not. No that your Johnston did much better.

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  4. Hey Mr Drew, Thanx For Checking In - I Had A Very Busy Week And Lacked Checking In With Folks - Playing Catch Up And Sending Positive Vibes - Be Well You Two

    Cheers

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  5. I love spending time in New England because it always seemed to me to be most like Britain, Australia and New Zealand. So at least since 1990, both New Hampshire and Vermont returned slight Democrat majorities or better.

    Do we think that one or another party having a majority can predict their good sense in dealing with Covid in their state? I am not sure.

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    1. Hels, hence the area name I suppose, New England. Interesting about the votes. Thank you. I'll say Democrat governors do better but not by much really.

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  6. The tiny Isle of Man is Covid free, whilst mainland UK is still in it's grips. It's not only the regulations that are important, but also that the people abide by them.

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    1. Cro, good news. I wonder about Jersey and Guernsey. I should check. It is a carrot and stick approach but in England so much more stick needs to be applied. That is police to enforce, as happened here.

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  7. That is good news then for Vermont - well done and the 'leader' is the instigator.

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    1. Margaret, we should never judge the US as one place.

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  8. Well done Vermont. Why haven't all the other states followed that method? Surely they can see the difference for themselves. Just change your rules to whatever Vermont is doing and get this virus under control!

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    1. River, how dare you put it so simply. A hard lock down works. Closing state borders seems to work. Masks work. Keeping a distance works. That is what Vermont did and it worked. I don't know why other states didn't do the same.

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  9. If the whole world had the same rules, I think we would quicker get rid of this virus ! Even in microscopic Belgium there are different rules, which is completely absurd ! Now it's getting better because once the bars were open in the flemisch part and in the waloon part closed. So you crossed a street and could have your coffee in the Flemish part and the poor Walloon had to keep his bar closed !

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    1. I agree Gattina. A hard lock down all over the world would have made such a difference, but some countries did such poor lock downs or none at all and we are paying the price. Interesting about Flemish and Walloon.

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  10. Our numbers are dropping now that the vaccine is being given. Alas, I am still too young, but hopefully by April. Vermont has done well, but their population is much smaller and they took stringent methods to stop the spread. Maine also has had good numbers. New Hampshire had a spike during November and December, holidays. The worst State is Massachusetts. They've had more cases, more deaths, and still have high numbers.
    Rhode Island and Connecticut each have had bad times, but seem to be turning the corner. New York is getting bad once again. Their Governor, although a Democrat, has behaved very badly. Many of the deaths over the last year lie at his feet!

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    1. Maribeth, Vermont is smaller but the key phrase is 'stringent measures'. Thanks for the overwiew.

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  11. Of course you're right that leadership makes a huge difference, but geography does too. I think New Hampshire has more urban centers and a denser population than Vermont. More populous states obviously have a bigger challenge on their hands -- although really bad management in even less-populous ones (like the Dakotas) can leave them a Covid disaster zone.

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    1. Steve, it the political leaning of state seems to matter less than the strong leadership with strong measures in place.

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  12. Here is the latest chart for vaccines in New Hampshire:
    ESTIMATED VACCINE DISTRIBUTION TIMELINE IN New Hampshire

    Phase 1A: Underway now through March
    (about 110,000 people)

    High-risk health workers
    Long-term care residents
    First responders

    Phase 1B: January 26 to March
    (about 300,000 people) -- Sign-ups can begin Jan. 22; visit https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/

    People 65 years old or older
    Medically vulnerable at significantly higher risk, including family caregivers for those under 16
    Staff and residents of IDD facilities
    Corrections officers and staff
    Populations that experience health disparities

    Phase 2A: March to May
    (about 175,000 people)
    K-12 teachers, school staff, child care workers

    Phase 2B: March to May
    (about 200,000 people)
    People 50-64 years old

    Phase 3A: May and beyond
    (about 325,000 people)
    Medically vulnerable people 50 years of age and younger who are at a moderate risk

    Phase 3B: May and beyond
    (about 325,000 people)
    Everyone else who has not yet been vaccinated.

    Jack goes tomorrow and I will get in about March-May.

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    1. Maribeth, that seems well organised and as it should be. Thank you.

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  13. It's all about clear and precise leadership Andrew.

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  14. Congrats to Vermont! We're running under 1000 cases per day now in Oregon again, 5 to 10 deaths per day usually. Vaccine roll out still a mess, prisoners moved to front of line, then teachers....but lots of people being dishonest and getting in despite not belonging to a target group.

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    1. Strayer, I expect there will always be those who play the system, whatever it is. A Spanish army general was sacked for queue jumping to get the vaccine.

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