What you need to know about COVID-19: Some states bring back restrictions, hope to slow cases

on. People got complacent. People got a little bit overly confident in our ability to manage, You know more normally and people started to act like it was summer. They started to act like they wanted to go back to parties and do lots of big things like that. And it’s coming back and it’s fighting That’s quite frank. So exactly tripled in an exact four week period of time. So that’s a pretty significant rate of increase. Its been accelerating over the last 10 to 14. Excuse me days as well. I like to say this this really very worrisome rise and surge I was both predicted and predictable if you spoke to any of the epidemiologic modelers. And admittedly, it’s a model. Back in April, they were pretty clear that we needed to maintain social distancing all the way through the month of May in order to bring us back down to what we call containment mode, meeting one new case per 1,000,000 residents per day. If we don’t do anything looking at some of the models coming out of the policy labs and immersive Pennsylvania and elsewhere there, there they look apocalyptic. I mean, really off

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What you need to know about COVID-19: Some states bring back restrictions, hope to slow cases

Weeks after most U.S. states began lifting their lockdowns, parts of the country are clamping down on renewed restrictions hoping to slow staggering surges in new case numbers.With July 4 approaching, officials are trying not to repeat scenes of Memorial Day, when thousands across the country flocked to beaches, bars and parties while experts cautioned the crowds could lead to spikes in cases down the road. At least 12 states have hit a pause on their reopening plans hoping to contain the spread.Some places directed their bars to close back down, while beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach were ordered off-limits to the public during the upcoming holiday weekend.The latest numbersAccording to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has surpassed 2.5 million infections. There have been nearly 126,000 deaths. Last week many states broke their records for new cases in a day and the U.S. also recorded a record high of single-day cases with 40,173 reported Friday.But those numbers may just be a glimpse into how widespread infections across the country are, as a survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the total numbers of infections could be up to 24 times higher than reported. Increase will ‘get worse for weeks’ Governors across the U.S. have partially attributed their surges to more widespread testing — but former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden warned Sunday even with more testing and better prepared hospitals, “this virus still has the upper hand.”The increase in cases across the South is the result of reopening too fast, Frieden said on Fox News Sunday, and “is going to continue to get worse for weeks.”And deaths will come too, he noted in a grim prediction that coronavirus fatalities will lag behind cases of infections by about a month.Here’s how cases are trending now, according to data from Johns Hopkins University:31 states are seeing an increase in new cases compared to the previous week: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.15 states are going steady: Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington stateFour states are seeing a decline: Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.States halt reopening plansAt least 12 states have by now paused or rolled back plans to reopen, hoping the move will slow further spread of the virus. In the past week, officials and state leaders have made repeated pleas to Americans to stay away from crowded spaces, keep their distance and try to stay at home as much as possible.Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced the counties that were preparing to enter into the fourth phase of reopening — with essentially no restrictions — will not do so just yet.”We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet,” the governor said in a statement. “This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”Economic impactIn Texas and Florida — both of which have raised alarm among experts with a rapid rise in cases — bars were ordered closed for a second time after officials suggested they were a driving force behind cases of coronavirus.In a similar move, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars closed in seven counties. Stop the spread of COVID-19To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth face cover over your nose and mouth while in public.White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday pushed Americans to wear masks, saying that not only does evidence suggest masks “keep you from infecting others,” but they “may also partially protect you from getting infected.”The CDC says, “cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.”Birx also encouraged young people to wear masks when they venture out, adding, “and if they’re interacting with their parents and grandparents, they should wear a mask then too because we know now how many of them are asymptomatic.”The CDC also recommends you stay 6 feet apart from others.Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.

Weeks after most U.S. states began lifting their lockdowns, parts of the country are clamping down on renewed restrictions hoping to slow staggering surges in new case numbers.

With July 4 approaching, officials are trying not to repeat scenes of Memorial Day, when thousands across the country flocked to beaches, bars and parties while experts cautioned the crowds could lead to spikes in cases down the road. At least 12 states have hit a pause on their reopening plans hoping to contain the spread.

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Some places directed their bars to close back down, while beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach were ordered off-limits to the public during the upcoming holiday weekend.

The latest numbers

According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has surpassed 2.5 million infections. There have been nearly 126,000 deaths.

Last week many states broke their records for new cases in a day and the U.S. also recorded a record high of single-day cases with 40,173 reported Friday.

But those numbers may just be a glimpse into how widespread infections across the country are, as a survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the total numbers of infections could be up to 24 times higher than reported.

Increase will ‘get worse for weeks’

Governors across the U.S. have partially attributed their surges to more widespread testing — but former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden warned Sunday even with more testing and better prepared hospitals, “this virus still has the upper hand.”

The increase in cases across the South is the result of reopening too fast, Frieden said on Fox News Sunday, and “is going to continue to get worse for weeks.”

And deaths will come too, he noted in a grim prediction that coronavirus fatalities will lag behind cases of infections by about a month.

Here’s how cases are trending now, according to data from Johns Hopkins University:

  • 31 states are seeing an increase in new cases compared to the previous week: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • 15 states are going steady: Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington state
  • Four states are seeing a decline: Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

States halt reopening plans

At least 12 states have by now paused or rolled back plans to reopen, hoping the move will slow further spread of the virus. In the past week, officials and state leaders have made repeated pleas to Americans to stay away from crowded spaces, keep their distance and try to stay at home as much as possible.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced the counties that were preparing to enter into the fourth phase of reopening — with essentially no restrictions — will not do so just yet.

“We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet,” the governor said in a statement. “This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”

Economic impact

In Texas and Florida — both of which have raised alarm among experts with a rapid rise in cases — bars were ordered closed for a second time after officials suggested they were a driving force behind cases of coronavirus.

In a similar move, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars closed in seven counties.

Stop the spread of COVID-19

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth face cover over your nose and mouth while in public.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday pushed Americans to wear masks, saying that not only does evidence suggest masks “keep you from infecting others,” but they “may also partially protect you from getting infected.”

The CDC says, “cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.”

Birx also encouraged young people to wear masks when they venture out, adding, “and if they’re interacting with their parents and grandparents, they should wear a mask then too because we know now how many of them are asymptomatic.”

The CDC also recommends you stay 6 feet apart from others.

Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.