* Quite a bold statement back then…
Also, notice the hashtag. The Tribsters just love them some anti-Illinois propaganda. Makes ‘em all giddy.
* From that Dennis Byrne column…
Yeah sure, you know better, having confined your masses to a much more rigid, nearly universal lockdown. Never mind the restaurants that will go out of business. Never mind the people you treat like sheep who don’t know how to take care of themselves. Be satisfied with your self-assured virtue and wisdom.
When we moved to Florida from Illinois last year, I thought that we had distanced ourselves from the usual Chicago and Illinois nuttiness. Not so, as Lightfoot reached across the 863 miles that separates us to issue condemnations from on high: “I watched,” she intoned, “the governor of Florida, I think, fumble once again. His leadership has been wholly lacking in this pandemic, and then he reopened the beaches. God help us all.” […]
In general, Florida is ahead of Illinois in reopening. Holy Family Church, my parish, is reopening public Masses with some restrictions starting May 16. Major shopping destinations such as The St. Johns Town Center are reopening. And more. We’re living the life down here.
And it’s happening, so far, without the predicted COVID-19 slaughter that we were assured would happen. Illinois is worse off. As of Friday, 1,669 deaths were recorded in Florida. Illinois had recorded 3,241 deaths.
The death-count taunting was such a nice touch. Not to mention that May’s unemployment rate in Florida was 14.5 percent, just seven-tenths of a percent lower than the supposedly sheeplike Illinois [new numbers just came out and Illinois’ June unemployment rate is 14.6 percent - 37,626 new claims were filed here last week compared to 129,408 in Florida].
And we all know what has happened since then.
* One of the new Illinois mediation metrics is: “Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)."
Duval County, where Byrne lives, has an ICU bed availability of 21.64 percent, according to the state. The rest of Florida isn’t doing so well, either…
A total of 971 ICU beds were reported to be available across the state, nearly 16 percent of the state’s total number of ICU beds, as of Thursday.
More than a third (23) of Florida’s 67 counties were reported to have less than 10 ICU beds available.
Eight hospitals in Miami-Dade, the state’s most populous county, were reported to have hit full ICU bed capacity, with only around 15 percent of their total ICU beds available.
Florida again shattered its single-day record for COVID-19 deaths, adding 156 fatalities and more than 13,000 new cases in Thursday’s daily report on the coronavirus pandemic.
Northeast Florida’s case count also surged, with 840 new cases in Duval County to lift the cumulative total there to 14,992. [Emphasis added]
Since Byrne wants to make this into a competition, I’d point out that Duval County has just under a million people. Illinois has 12.67 million people. Duval reported 840 new cases today. Illinois reported 1,187 new cases yesterday.
* Some of us dredged up the dated and foolish Tribune column Sunday night on Twitter. And then yesterday, the Tribune editorial board again turned its section over to Byrne. He began with yet another death-count taunt…
Florida’s population of 21.48 million is almost double of Illinois’ 12.67 million. Yet Illinois has suffered 2,809 more deaths than Florida. Maybe Florida has been doing something right.
Yeah. OK. 1) Deaths are a lagging indicator; 2) Doctors know lots more about this novel virus than they did in March, April and May, like, for instance, not relying solely on ventilators, putting patients on their stomachs and the advancement of some new treatments; 3) Mask usage might reduce the severity of virus symptoms; 4) Many, many people who’ve come down with the virus face years of painful recoveries; 5) Florida saw what happened up north in the spring, scoffed at us and claimed it could never happen there and now they’re getting thwacked hard. 6) And since he’s so into death-count taunting, Illinois reported 8 deaths yesterday to Florida’s 156 today. Spare me.
Truth is that no one knew from the start how to deal with the novel coronavirus. Not Trump. Not his Democratic, progressive or woke critics. And clearly not the epidemiologists who seem to have gotten so much wrong. Yet, they still want us to take their warnings as biblical. When they can’t accurately count the infected or calculate the fatality rate.
As John Amdor said: “It’s true, there is no way that humans could adequately respond to and deal with the coronavirus. That is why every country in the world is struggling as much as the United States.”
I could say that Miami’s troubling increase in new cases is the result of all those Democrats from New York and Chicago who fled their own epicenters and brought the disease (and their woke politics) with them. But I can’t; I don’t know.
That may well be and the CDC seems to agree. But those cases aren’t all non-Floridians by any means, so how did it spread there? Florida was and still is mostly open. If Florida had learned from New York’s and Chicago’s mistakes and followed their successes, the out-of-staters couldn’t have spread the virus so easily to residents. Instead, state leaders defiantly and proudly stuck their heads in their… beach sand.
Science, as demonstrated by our struggle to understand and deal with the unique coronavirus and COVID-19, sometimes is fouled by incomplete or poorly collected data, unproven hypotheses and, simply, wild guesses. Automatically accepting “science” findings as a done deal is a fool’s game.
Do you know what’s really a fool’s game? Following the advice of crackpots and cranks.
The Tribune has just gone so far off the rails.
* Anne Caprara: I usually leave this stuff alone & I am not going to dignify the insane column I just (mistakenly) read in a local opinion section with a retweet. But it’s been a long few months & I ain’t just going to let this one go
* Florida Nurse Warns ‘Nursing Shortage’ About To Hit State As COVID-19 Puts Strain On Hospital Systems