Here Are the States with the Biggest Health Improvements During the Pandemic

H/T Western Journal.

These facts will never come from the drive-by media.

As many states slowly make decisions to relax social distancing restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers looked at the latest developments in each state to make a list of which ones have seen the biggest health improvements.

The list was compiled by WalletHub in order to determine where in the country Americans’s health is recovering the most, making it safest to reopen.

“Until the potential benefits outweigh the health risks, states will not be able to move to their next phases of reopening, and thus will not see substantial economic growth,” financial writer Adam McCann wrote June 10.

The researchers used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, The COVID Tracking Project and COVID19-projections.com to compare the 50 states and the District of Columbia against 11 key metrics in five overall categories to determine which states were the healthiest.

The five categories were Death Rate This Week, Other Death Rate Metrics, Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate This Week, Other Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate Metrics and Transmission Number.

After each state was ranked, it was categorized into either a positive health category, like the lowest death rate, or a negative health category, like the highest death rate.

Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont and Montana were the states with the biggest health improvements in terms of low death rates, low positive testing rates and lowest current estimated transmission numbers.

The states with the highest death rates included Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Virginia, Utah, Nebraska, Massachusetts and Arizona had the highest positive test rates in the time period the data encompassed.

The highest COVID-19 current estimated transmission numbers, which approximate the average number of people an infected person will transmit COVID-19 to, were in California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Minnesota.

Source: WalletHub

Researchers also found that blue states, categorized by how they voted in the 2016 presidential election, have seen the biggest improvements in health, with blue states ranking 25.76 and red states ranking 26.17.

As of Friday, there were over 2.19 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 118,809 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Although the number of cases in many states continues to grow, the death rate has continued to decrease, USA Today reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted Thursday that by July 11, the nationwide death toll from the disease may reach 145,000, according to The Washington Post.

Several states, such as California, are now requiring people to wear face coverings outside of their homes.

“I’m worried that people have kind of accepted where we are as a new normal,” Tom Inglesby, the director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, told StatNews.

Yonatan Grad, an infectious disease expert at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, is worried about the response to the rise in cases in states that have already reopened.

“It’s still not entirely clear to me whether there’s the political and social will that could sustain another round of community lockdown,” Grad said.

“So if not, what are we going to do?” he added.

“And as communities start to open up and go through phase 1, 2, 3 of reopening, what are going to be the triggers for introducing restrictions again, and which restrictions?”

Oil Giant BP To Cut 10,000 Jobs Due to COVID-19 Downturn

H/T Western Journal.

Disturbing news indeed.

With crude oil prices this low why are gasoline prices raising?

British petroleum giant BP announced it will cut 10,000 jobs, nearly 15 percent of its workforce, amid low oil prices during the coronavirus pandemic.

BP CEO Bernard Looney said Monday that the company is hemorrhaging cash amid the economic crisis.

“The oil price has plunged well below the level we need to turn a profit. We are spending much, much more than we make – I am talking millions of dollars, every day,″ Looney said in a statement to employees obtained by The Hill.

“We have to spend less money,” he added.

Job cuts will affect all employee levels within the company, including senior management, where a third of positions will be eliminated.

BP is also planning to cut capital expenditures by $3 billion, or 25 percent.

The company, which is one of the largest gas and oil companies in the world, will likely nix cash bonuses for the year and will also freeze salary raises for senior and group leaders.

Looney pledged to protect the company’s employees on the front line of oil production.

“The majority of people affected will be in office-based jobs,” he said in a company note on Monday, explaining that most of the 10,000 employees will leave by the end of the year.

Outgoing employees will receive severance packages in addition to support in the form of job coaching and free laptops.

“I am really sorry that this will hurt a lot of people who I know love this company as much as I do,” he stated.

Looney also spoke about BP’s February announcement that the company had planned to become a net zero emissions company by 2050.

“BP today set a new ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero,” Looney said in February, according to The Guardian.

Looney said in his Monday note that the company would stick by its environmental promises.

“To me, the broader economic picture and our own financial position just reaffirm the need to reinvent bp. While the external environment is driving us to move faster – and perhaps go deeper at this stage than we originally intended – the direction of travel remains the same,” he said.

The news from Looney comes as the oil and gas industry is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Supply remains low and the price of crude oil first entered negative territory in April, per MarketWatch.

The price of crude sat below $40 per barrel Monday, according to Business Insider.

BP currently employees 70,000 people across 79 countries.

Having Sex With Someone You Don’t Already Live With Now Illegal In Britain Under Coronavirus Laws

H/T Breitbart.

How do our cousins across the pond plan on enforcing this law?

The government has effectively made it illegal for people who don’t already live together to have sex, as that would be considered a “gathering”, and against the coronavirus lockdown social distancing laws.

New amendments to the lockdown law loosen most of the major restrictions than had been put in place in March, including easing restrictions on senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions. Schools can reopen on Monday, and people can gather outside, including in gardens, in numbers of up to six as long as social distancing is still maintained.

But a new line to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Bill adds on Monday: “No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.”

It says elsewhere, according to The Mirror, that “no person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living”.

The law means that both the person visiting and the person whose house is being visited could be fined £100, or £50 if paid within 14 days.

Lawyers went to work on Twitter to discuss the interpretation of the law, with Human rights barrister Adam Wagner writing on Sunday: “I can’t believe I’m about to tweet this. From tomorrow sex between two (or more) people in a private place who do not live in the same household is a ‘gathering’ between 2 or more people and is therefore illegal.”

However, George Pertez QC put forth that if the visitor was a prostitute, then that might be permissible “as that is reasonably necessary for work purposes”.

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Professor Lockdown Quits After Breaking Own Rules to Meet Lover

The UK scientist whose predictions triggered the lockdown has resigned his govt position after he broke his own rules meet his married lover.

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Police, however, will not have the power to forcibly enter your home to stop you having intercourse with a lover from another address. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Metro that police could only enter a property “where they suspect serious criminal activity is taking place under separate and existing laws”. The spokesman added that police would continue “exercising their common sense and engaging with the public”.

The Police Federation of England and Wales had said in April that it wanted increased powers to forcibly enter private houses to see if there were illegal gatherings.

Constabularies and police forces across the country had come under criticism for their tyrannical approach to enforcing the lockdown. Such examples have included pouring black dye into a body of water in a beauty spot to deter swimmers, using a drone to follow dog-walkers, and shaming people for going for a drive out of boredom or families who walked to the shops together.

Last month, the Crown Prosecution Service said that it was going to review every fine and prosecution made under the coronavirus legislation after it was found that the law had been applied either incorrectly or in a heavy-handed manner.

The government’s scientific adviser Neil Ferguson, the author of the UK’s lockdown measures, resigned from his post after it was revealed that he had broken lockdown to have at least two liaisons with his married lover. Police said at the time that they would not be investigating further Mr Ferguson’s lockdown breach.

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Police Hunt Man Dressing as ‘Plague Doctor’ as Lockdown Fines Soar

UK police are on the hunt for a man who goes walking dressed as a 17th-century plague doctor, as lockdown measure fines reaches 9,000.

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Top Italian Doctor Delivers Surprisingly, Good Coronavirus News

H/T Western Journal.

I hope this doctor is correct.

An Italian health official has said the coronavirus is losing its lethal punch.

As of Monday morning, Italy is sixth in the world in COVID-19 cases, at 233,197, according to Johns Hopkins. It ranks third in the world in deaths at 33,475.

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, told Reuters.

The Lombardy region, in which Milan is located, has born the brunt of Italy’s battle with the virus.

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” Zangrillo said.

Cases have also fallen from a peak of 6,600 on March 21 to 333 Sunday.

Italy is on the brink of relaxing the lockdown restrictions it imposed to address the virus.

Zangrillo downplayed fears of a second wave of the virus.

“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” he said. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.

A government official pushed back against Zangrillo.

“Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians,” Sandra Zampa, a health ministry undersecretary, said in a statement.

“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks,” she said.

Dr. Mike Ryan of the World Health Organization also said new spikes are a real danger.

“When we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months’ time,” Ryan said told Reuters.

“But we need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we are get a number of months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave,” he added.

Another Italian doctor, however, seconded Zangrillo’s conclusion.

“The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today,” Matteo Bassetti, the head of the infectious diseases clinic at Genoa’s San Martino Hospital, said.

“It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different,” Bassetti said.

Man Dies with Whopping .55 Blood Alcohol Level, Was Reportedly Listed as a COVID Fatality

H/T Western Journal.

How many Blue States have wrongly reported COVID-19 deaths?

The state of Colorado reportedly added a man who died of acute alcohol poisoning to its coronavirus death toll even before the county coroner could sign his death certificate.

Police in Cortez, Colorado, found Sebastian Yellow dead in Cortez City Park on the morning of May 4, according to KCNC-TV.

Montezuma County Coroner George Deavers found that Yellow’s blood alcohol content measured at .55, so he determined that his death was caused by acute alcohol poisoning.

“It was almost double what the minimum lethal amount was in the state,” Deavers said.

Following his death, Yellow tested positive for COVID-19, so the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment categorized his death as one caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Deavers.

“I can see no reason for this,” Deavers told KCNC-TV, adding that he hadn’t even gotten to sign the death certificate before the conclusion was made.

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“It wasn’t COVID, it was alcohol toxicity,” Deavers said.

 

“Yes, he did have COVID but that is not what took his life.”

This case is just one of many instances that caused Colorado to update its coronavirus death toll, saying that 272 fewer people than originally reported had died from COVID-19.

The CDPHE changed the statistics on May 15.

As of Saturday, the agency’s “case data” website said 1,181 people had died “from COVID-19” and 1,436 people had died “among people with COVID-19.”

Along with the statistics change, the CDPHE said starting May 15, it would report the number of deaths in the two separate categories.

“We have been reporting at the state, deaths among people who had COVID-19 at the time of death and the cause of that death may or not have been COVID-19,” Dr. Eric France, the agency’s chief medical officer, told KDVR at the time.

The discrepancy also came in part because of how the state reports statistics to the federal National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, according to France.

“Having these two systems in place has potentially created some confusion and we apologize for that,” state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said.

The state added that this change “does not unilaterally change information on death certificates and does not question or try to change a physician’s diagnosis or causes-of-death determination.”

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ office released a statement earlier this month addressing the confusion and changes.

“The Governor applauds efforts to ensure that we are as transparent as possible with our reporting and therefore fully supports efforts by CDPHE to specify how many deaths are specifically due to COVID-19 and not just specific to CDC guidelines that include people who died with Coronavirus but not necessarily from it. What we are seeing today is a reflection of that,” the statement said.

Colorado is not the only state that has had to change its coronavirus death statistics.

Pennsylvania Health Department officials removed over 200 probable deaths from their official tally on April 23 in what they said was an effort to be transparent after state coroners pointed to inconsistencies with the state’s death counts and what they had recorded.

Cuomo Outrages Local Officials by Arbitrarily Canceling Reopening Phase Hours Before It Was To Start

H/T Western Journal.

Little Andy Cuomo(Delusional-NY)is on a power trip.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated on a radio show Thursday evening that phase two of the reopening process for the eligible regions of the state would not begin Friday as local officials and businesses had previously been planning for.

Retail stores, hair salons and barbershops had been preparing to reopen their doors after over two months of shutdowns due to the coronavirus, as had been laid out in reopening guidelines provided by the state.

However, the Democratic governor suggested in a Thursday afternoon radio interview that five regions of the state would not enter phase two on Friday morning, and he would instead give the past two weeks of COVID-19 data to experts to review and determine if his state can continue to reopen.

“The reopening of the first five regions ends tomorrow when the reopening of phase one ends,” Cuomo told WAMC-FM.

“We’ll give the experts all the data. It’s posted on the web, but let them analyze it. And if they say we should move forward, we move forward.”

Local officials were surprised by Cuomo’s comments because they hadn’t heard anything from the governor’s office at that time, the Observer-Dispatch reported.

“Look, the governor can make that comment to someone on the radio but we can’t get a call from the governor’s office?” Chemung County Executive Chris Moss said.

“You know what, we’re opening tomorrow.”

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon told reporters shortly before the radio interview that he believed the Central New York region would begin phase two on Friday but didn’t expect to hear that from the governor.

“But there were rules that were communicated,” he said. “It’s a data-driven process and the data says go.”

The state had laid out a four-phase reopening plan, with each phase lasting approximately two weeks.

Each region had to meet seven data benchmarks to show a decrease in hospitalizations and deaths as well as available testing.

The first five regions met those benchmarks and began reopening on May 15, with four other regions starting the process shortly after.

Because Cuomo has said that he can extend or shorten each phase, there has been some confusion about reopening guidelines, which Democratic Cuomo ally and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has called “frustrating.”

Panels of local leaders received word during Thursday evening calls that phase two would not proceed Friday, according to the Observer-Dispatch.

Local officials received Cuomo’s executive order extending phase one to all regions except New York City and not initiating phase two on Friday morning.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said the governor’s decision was “misguided,” according to WNBC.

“This is some seriously disturbing behavior being exhibited by this Governor,” Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin tweeted.

Obama Officials, Democrats Admit Being Worried About Strong, Post-Coronavirus Economic Recovery

H/T Flag And Cross.

DemocRats want to tank the economy so they can defeat President Trump.

They know with a strong recovery of the economy they can not beat President Trump.

The Democratic Party is apparently shaking in their boots at the thought of a strong, post-coronavirus economic recovery, knowing that if such a thing happens after all of the lockdown restrictions are lifted, that President Trump’s approval rating and chances of winning the 2020 presidential election will skyrocket.

Well, to be fair, these folks have every right to be concerned because that’s likely what’s going to happen. Is it any wonder the Democrats are universally against reopening any time soon? They have a lot to lose by doing so.

One of former President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers recently gave a presentation to some top rated Democratic strategists and donors where he left folks shocked with his predictions.

According to Jason Furman, “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country. Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken.”

A few of the trusted advisers for Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden, along with some former Obama officials are very worried about a major bounce back of the U.S. economy, believing that such activity could end up stripping away their greatest weapon against President Trump they were planning to use against him.

Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:

“This is my big worry,” one former adviser to Obama told the outlet.

Monthly jobless claims have soared in recent weeks, and Congress has passed trillions of dollars in spending measures to provide economic relief for laid-off workers.

Trump and his defenders have advocated for a quick end to the lockdowns and the prioritization of getting the economy back on track.

A few folks on the right have suggested that many Democrats are actually rooting for the economy to tank, noting that it would provide a potent weapon for them to use in the fight to regain the White House in November.

“I think some people don’t want it really to come back, for political reasons, which is sick,” Trump said in the early part of this month. “But the people — the real people, the people that want this country to be great, and great again — we can say they want to get back.”

This is why, along with the actual fact that an economic collapse would send us spiraling into violent chaos, that we need to get this economy back up and running as soon as humanly possible.

Of course, we also need to make safety a top priority too. However, unlike most of the divisive rhetoric floating around out there, these two goals do not have to be opposed to each other. In fact, they are part of the same whole.

Here’s to hoping the economy rebounds and the Democrats see their ultimate weapon stripped of its power against the president.

Washington Inflates COVID-19 Numbers, Includes Gunshot Victims Among Deaths

H/T Western Journal.

I think all of the COVID-19 death numbers in blue states be examined.

It appears that officials in charge in Washington state want to keep the panic level as high as they can during this pandemic.

To do this, they have been listing some deaths as a result of the coronavirus in their statistics, even when the cause of death is something other than COVID-19 — like gunshot wounds.

This could have real consequences: If Democrat Governor Jay Inslee can mislead on the death rate, and blame more deaths on the coronavirus, he can reinforce his decision to keep his state’s economy closed as long as he wants. In early May, Inslee extended his stay-at-home order for the state at least through May 31, according to KCPQ in Tacoma.

The Freedom Foundation reported last week that gunshot fatalities in Washington were being included in the COVID-19 death count.

A Washington State Department of Health official made the admission at a media briefing Thursday.

“We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes,” Dr. Katie Hutchinson said in the telebriefing.

Hutchinson is the health statistics manager for the Washington State DOH.

“We currently do have some deaths that are being reported that are clearly from other causes,” Hutchinson said, about 10 minutes into an audio recording of the briefing.

“We have about five deaths — less than five deaths — that we know of that are related to obvious other causes. In this case, they are from gunshot wounds.”

Hutchinson said such deaths will eventually be removed from the state’s COVIC-19 count.

Five might not be a lot in a state where, according to the News Tribune of Tacoma, 1,078 deaths due to COVID-19 had been reported Tuesday. But it’s still evidence that there’s something badly wrong with how the state is counting.

But instead of acknowledging the clear problem with unreliable numbers, Inslee attacked the report from the Freedom Foundation.

“The problem is you got some people out there who are fanning these conspiracy claims from the planet Pluto,” Inslee said Monday, according to KOMO News in Seattle.

“And it’s just disgusting what they’re trying to say of all these crazy deep-state malarkey. Who are kinda suggests that this not a problem in our state. I find that hard to accept with the number of dead in our state. So, that’s a problem. And I hope it gets resolved.”

The governor is acting like he got caught with his hands in the cookie jar. He obviously doesn’t let the facts get in the way of his opinion.

Rather than taking ownership for the misrepresentations, Inslee labeled the report as “malarkey.”

But it’s not “malarkey” to say that classifying a death as a result of COVID-19 when it clearly is not is dangerous and misleading.

As Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz pointed out in a post on MyNorthwest.com, “the numbers we’re getting are far from accurate. But this matters more now than ever.”

This was just one example. Are there more?

Is Inslee inflating the numbers to justify any future decision to possibly keep his state in lockdown even longere?

Tweets like the one below are increasingly appearing on social media.

It’s obviously an exaggeration meant as a jab at state officials and media outlets that are quick to jump on misleading facts, but it drives home the point that honesty in reporting death rates from COVID-19 is essential if Americans are to be able to trust their government and their news media.

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What’s wrong with telling the truth? If a person dies from a gunshot wound, the actual cause of death needs to appear on the death certificate. It’s shameful when something like this gets politicized.

Inflating numbers and misleading the public is a dangerous path to venture down, and it creates more panic and fear than what already exists.

The governor needs to show accountability and stop this dishonesty now. This is not fair to the citizens of Washington — or the rest of the country.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Questions Whether Worship Is Essential

H/T Breitbart.

Only a Godless DemocRat would question that worship is essential.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told reporters this weekend it is not clear that worship constitutes something essential, challenging President Trump’s assertion it is.

“I think the case that the president is making and that may be up for debate in this country of deeming houses of worship essential, essential services and that’s one that we take into consideration,” the Democrat governor said during an hour-long briefing on opening up religious services during the coronavirus lockdown.

During the briefing, in which he was joined by state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Gov. Walz announced new guidelines for religious services, saying he would allow houses of worship to reopen at 25 percent occupancy.

The governor’s decision came on the heels of confrontation with the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota, who announced last week that public Masses would resume as of May 26, in defiance of the governor’s restrictions.

Many people of faith “were disappointed in Governor Walz’s May 13 announcement that he would end the Stay-at-Home order to allow more commerce but prohibit religious gatherings of more than ten people,” an order that “defies reason,” declared the bishops in a May 20 letter.

Insisting that the life of faith is “essential,” the bishops declared that they have given Catholic parishes “permission for the resumption of the public celebration of Mass on Tuesday, May 26, which will give us time to be ready for the celebration of Pentecost on May 31.”

“Parishes will be required to follow the strict protocols we have published for sanitation and social distancing and will have to limit attendance to one-third of the seating capacity of the church,” they said. “No one will be obliged to attend, as the bishops of Minnesota will continue to dispense from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.”

The bishops insisted that they have striven to work collaboratively with the Walz Administration as well as highlighting their overarching concern for the spiritual and physical well-being of their flock. They also noted the injustice of the governor’s arbitrary targeting of religious practice for especially strict regulation.

The letter said that both the Catholic hierarchy and “some Lutheran colleagues” had submitted a joint plan to the Governor on May 8 detailing their sanitation measures and proposing a cap on church attendance limited to 33 percent of building capacity, a plan that the governor rejected.

“Given our willingness to coordinate with the Governor, we are especially disappointed that his most recent order (20-56) does not address both the vital importance that faith plays in the lives of Americans, especially in this time of pandemic, and the fundamental religious freedom possessed by houses of worship that allows our country to thrive,” the bishops declared.

“The Governor’s remarks today further underscored a failure to appreciate the role of our Church and other faith groups in serving the community,” they said. “The human cost to this pandemic has been extraordinary, not just in terms of lives lost to the virus but the rapidly growing problems of job loss, depression, crime and violence, and substance abuse.”

The bishops affirm their unanimous “conviction” that they can safely resume public Masses in accordance with both our religious duties and with accepted public health and safety standards.

The bishops also stated that they had suspended the public celebration of Mass “not because we were compelled to do so, but because we judged that the circumstances required it.”

“We are blessed to live in a nation that guarantees the free exercise of religion,” they said. “This right can only be abridged for a compelling governmental interest, and only in a way that is narrowly tailored to be the least restrictive means of achieving the desired end.”

“We think that the executive order issued last Wednesday fails this test. An order that sweeps so broadly that it prohibits, for example, a gathering of 11 people in a Cathedral with a seating capacity of several thousand defies reason,” they add.

Following the governor’s press conference on Saturday, St. Paul & Minneapolis Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he was pleased with Walz’s change of heart.

“I am so thankful for the honest, open, and fast-paced dialogue we had over these past days and am pleased we could come to a consensus about a reasonable and safe path forward that allows a greater number of people to safely return to worship,” Hebda wrote.

Spot The Difference: Two Governors Reopened Their States, Only One Was Accused of ‘Human Sacrifice’

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The difference in the treatment of a DemocRat Governor of Colorado and the Republican Governor of Georgia is disgusting.

The governors of Georgia and Colorado have at least one thing in common. They both took steps to reopen their states’ economies in late April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But for some reason, the media’s coverage of Gov. Brian Kemp (R., Ga.) has been slightly different from the media’s coverage of Gov. Jared Polis (D., Colo.).

Kemp, for example, has been accused of experimenting with “human sacrifice.” So reads the headline of an April 29 article published in the Atlantic, which accuses Kemp of turning Georgia residents into “unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

In a brief aside, the article acknowledges that some other states, including Colorado, “have already put similar plans in motion.” Polis, for some reason, is not identified as an accomplice in Kemp’s murder scheme.

When Kemp announced his plan to gradually reopen some Georgia businesses, former National Journal editor Ron Fournier echoed the sentiment of many media pundits when he wrote on Twitter: “Mark this day. Because two and three weeks from now, the Georgia death toll is blood on his hands. And as Georgians move around the country, they’ll spread more death and economic destruction.” Fournier hasn’t tweeted about Colorado in years.

The media have only managed to confuse themselves in attempting to portray the reopening of state economies as a partisan issue. “Republicans are reopening. Why is Democratic Gov. Polis doing the same in Colorado?” reads the headline from one NBC News article published in early May.

While Republican governors are reopening despite critics who “warn they’re moving too fast,” Polis is a political maverick displaying courageous leadership in trying times. “Jared is a unique individual, and to say that he is a cookie-cutter, standard public official or politician just isn’t the case,” one Democratic strategist told NBC. “He’s always blazed his own trail. And he’s confident as to where he’s going.”

Vox Dot Com has an explainer about one governor’s “controversial reopening plan,” but not the other’s. CNN published articles on one governor’s “hugely high-stakes coronavirus gamble,” and another about how his state’s “business owners are conflicted” about the plan to reopen. The other governor’s name is mentioned at the very bottom of a separate CNN article on states “taking their first steps toward a new normal.” You already know which governor is which.

The Getty Images photo catalogue reflects the media’s heightened interest in Georgia’s efforts to reopen the economy compared to Colorado’s. It has more than 100 images depicting the gradual reopening of Georgia’s economy, most of them part of a collection titled, “Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America.”

A search for “Jared Polis” yields 40 results related to the coronavirus, the majority of which were taken during the governor’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Colorado (population 5.8 million) reported 318 new cases on May 13. Georgia (population 10.6 million) reported 579, an almost identical figure on a per capita basis. Georgia, meanwhile, is well ahead of Colorado in terms of coronavirus testing. Both states are projected to have almost no coronavirus infections by August, according to the most recent projections from the vaunted Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which were last updated on May 12, more than two weeks after both states began to reopen.

That all seems pretty similar. Wonder why the coverage has been so different?