Another updated chart. Minnesota didn’t do that badly by this measure, about the same as Wisconsin with its far fewer restrictions. But look at Florida, even with a heavily minority population, on an age-adjusted basis they did very well. At the other end, for reasons that are interesting to speculate on, South Dakota, also with few restrictions, had a high rate, about the same as North Dakota, with more restrictions. And of course many of the high death rate states, like NY and NJ, had some of the greatest restriction regimes in the country. The scatter suggests that restrictions have little to do with the death rates and other factors have more of a causative relationship. The Dakotas are very dry, although sparsely populated, so the virus may have just persisted and traveled with more ease in those conditions. Still a mystery. Thanks to ianmsc on Twitter.