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Michigan More Sensitive Than Florida To COVID-19?

Whitmer Administration Makes That Claim Despite Far More Michigan Deaths

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II compared Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic to Florida in a MIRS news podcast.

“I think it's really clear that Florida treated coronavirus very differently than we did here in Michigan," Gilchrist said,according to MIRS. "I think we were more sensitive and more responsive to the science, to the data, to the public health professionals who gave us guidance to what we needed to do to save lives and to limit the spread."

As of June 29:

Florida population: 21.48 million

Total COVID-19 Cases: 146,341

Cases Per 100K Residents: 681

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths: 3,447

Deaths Per 100K Residents: 16

Michigan population: 9.99 million

Total COVID-19 Cases: 70,223

Cases Per 100K Residents: 703

Total COVID-19 Related Deaths: 6,161

Deaths Per 100K Residents: 62

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