NOTICE these numbers are for the entire Mat-Su valley: Wasilla, Palmer, etc..
Posted on Facebook 3/4/21
Elizabeth Gayle [5/21 update: now changed to ‘Elizabeth Welsh’]
Did Anchorage’s Emergency Orders work?
Let’s take a look at the numbers that matter. Cases alone are irrelevant, as testing is unreliable (lots of false positives because cycle thresholds were too high), and most people just have the sniffles. The important metrics are deaths and hospital capacity (which is what we were told in the beginning, that the intent behind mandates was to protect hospital capacity and save lives).
In Anchorage, with extremely restrictive orders, a mask mandate, and no in-person school, there have been 242.12 hospitalizations / 100,000 people and 55.2 deaths/ 100,000. (Using a population of 288,000)
In the Mat Su, which has had no health powers nor mandates in place since May, and kids in school since August, there have been 92.7 hospitalizations / 100,000 people and 32.7 / 100,000 people. (Using a population of 110,000)
If the goal was less death and fewer hospitalizations, which approach was more effective? Freedom and personal responsibility, where those willing to risk it contributed to faster herd immunity, or oppressive, tyrannical Emergency Orders?
How does Anchorage get away with justifying ANYTHING they’ve done? What will be the fall out?
Data from DHSS covid dashboard.