I offer up deaths as a clear example that COVID was a consequential event. We can debate policy efficacy, but we need to stop debating whether COVID was an issue. It was.
People matter. With most policy initiatives in North Dakota, economic or otherwise, population represents an important constraint. I talk about natural increase across counties in North Dakota in this post.
The county level data on positivity rates and deaths are not encouraging and continue to trend in the wrong directions.
The county level in North Dakota is concerning, just like we see at the state level. The increases in positivity and deaths are accelerating in some counties.
Looking at counts for deaths avoids some of the questions surrounding the positivity rates. Put bluntly it is more difficult to argue about death.