To the editor:
I am proudly wearing my t-shirt today, the one that says, “I stand with ‘that woman from Michigan.” “That woman” has earned the state an A and the top ranking of all 50 states in how well the state has responded to the Corona virus pandemic (TruePeopleSearch Insights https://www.truepeoplesearch.com/insights/).
PeopleSearch analyzed publicly available data to determine which states handled the virus best, using seven criteria:
–Weekly Change in New Cases per Million Residents
–Cases per 1 Million
–Deaths per 1 Million
–Tests per 1 Million
–Reaction Time to Issue Stay-at-Home Orders
–Reaction Time to Close Schools
–Reaction Time to Close Bars and Restaurants
The top five states and their grades are 1. Michigan A, 2. New Mexico B+, 3. Vermont B, 4. Illinois B-, 5. Kentucky B-. The five worst states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida.
While it may be an inconvenience to stay home and to wear a mask when out, we should stop and think about the neighbor whose 30-year-old son died from COVID-19 or the friend whose husband is still recovering. Without the swift, bold action of Governor Whitmer, we would have lost many more. I stand with her.