Wes Nakagiri

Livingston County Commissioner, District 3



2 Democrat Governors1200Wx630HRhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo terminates her stay-at-home order while Whitmer extends hers. Let's examine the data behind these decisions.

Rhode Island stay-at-home order expires May 9 while Michigan extends its order through May 28.  A comparison of COVID statistics will show that Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo(D) has a different approach to this crisis than Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer(D).

Excerpts from news reports illustrate policy differences between these two Governors.

Rhode Island stay-at-home order to expire Saturday, plan announced for first stage of reopening
WCVB – May 7, 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will allow her state’s stay-at-home order to expire on Saturday, beginning a phased reopening of the economy.

"My focus is to get people back to work," she said Thursday.

Michigan. Gov Whitmer extends stay-at-home order until May 28, but with exceptions
Fox News – May 7, 2020

The order’s extension through May 28 means that Michiganders cannot leave their home except “to run critical errands, to engage in safe outdoor activities or go to specified jobs.”


The Statistics Behind the Decisions

May 8, 2020 COVID statistics published by NPR show Rhode Island with 9,940 COVID cases per one million population. This Rhode Island data has been inserted in a table published yesterday and is shown below. Recall the "green" state are those opening for business as reported by Bloomberg. Regions within the State of Michigan are shown in yellow.

Covid Data Table RI 1200Wx630HIt is interesting to note that the State of Michigan has less than half the COVID rate as Rhode Island (4451 vs. 9940). Yet Whitmer has extended her stay-at-home order while her Democrat colleague has chosen to let hers expire.

If the Rhode Island COVID rate were to be used as a comparative benchmark, then even Michigan’s old Region 2S could have its stay-at-home order lifted. Yes, even Wayne, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties with their COVID rate of 8278 performs better than Rhode Island.

Just think, if we had a more reasonable and fairer Governor, Livingston County, with its rate of 1851, and old Region 1, with its rate of 1813, would clearly not be shackled with an extended stay-at-home order.