AUSTIN, Texas – Utah and Oregon continued to reopen their economies due to the sudden increase in coronavirus cases, but despite the flashing warning signs there was no comeback in states such as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona on Friday.
States have individually weighed the health risks of the virus to economic damage from millions of lay-out orders over the past three months.
Although the Associated Press analysis this week found that the situation has increased in almost half, many governors come with jobs – partly a trendsetter attributed to the gradual reopening of businesses over the past few weeks.
Texas peaked this week for hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases, and warns Houston’s biggest county official, Lina Hidalgo, “we may be approaching the cliff’s edge.” The state, meanwhile, continued to allow restaurants to expand its food from 50% to 75% capacity on Friday.
“Ah, yes, I am worried,” said Renata Liggins, 32, settling in front of a plate at Black’s Barbecue in Austin, and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas is more than 2,100. But “I feel that I can finally breathe a little.”
Alabama, which started reopening in early May, saw more than a quarter of the state’s 23,000 cases in the past two weeks, as State Government Kay Ivey emphasized personal responsibility.
Arkansas, which has seen more than twice the number of hospitalizations and active cases since Remembrance Day, reported its biggest one-day increase in new coronavirus cases on Friday. Governor Asa Hutchinson said that at least 11,547 people in the state tested positive for the virus, and 731 cases increased compared to Thursday.
Hutchinson said he expects more increases next week, but will start with Monday plans to further alleviate virus restrictions on businesses. Capacity limits will be increased for restaurants, bars, theaters and other businesses, and other social distance restrictions will continue.
“Regardless of what we saw next week, we made the right decision to continue and remove some of these restrictions, so we don’t hurt people’s lives and livelihoods any more,” Hutchinson said. Said.
Arizona has become one of the most troublesome hotspots in the U.S., as new cases have risen more than 1,000 times a day in mid-May, with less than 400 before home orders expired.
The Government of the Republic, Doug Ducey, assured that the healthcare system could achieve this, and Dr. Arizona Health Director. Cara Christ said: “We cannot stop spreading, and therefore we cannot stop living. “
Following the country’s first state-wide home order, California entered the broadest phase of its gradual reopening on Friday. Wineries started to open their bottles and invite people to the tasting rooms, and hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums were reopened. San Francisco restaurants continued to dine outdoors, and San Diego Zoo was opened in a limited way.
Cases increase as government tests expand, but health officials say the key metrics to monitor are the positivity rate between the tested and hospitalizations, and both remain relatively stable as businesses gradually reopen. The state’s secretary of health and human services, Mark Ghaly, said there were “guardrails and warnings” that gave the government confidence to keep reopening.
Health officials in Oklahoma warned on Friday that increases in coronavirus cases in the Tulsa region are linked to indoor events and that people attending such meetings should take health measures. Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Leanne Stephens said an undetermined number of cases were linked to two recent indoor meetings, but she refused to name them.
The warning comes a week before President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in the city’s BOK Center, which has a seating capacity of more than 19,000. Stephens said the warning had nothing to do with the rally.
So far, only a small number of governors have requested a withdrawal or at least a pause.
Republican Gary Herbert from Utah and Democratic Government from Oregon Kate Brown said they will stop removing more restrictions as new cases erupt.
“As I said before, reopening comes at a real risk,” said Brown, announcing a weekly pause to affect Portland, the city’s largest city, among other places.
He said that the increase in positive test results was partly due to the reopening of some districts. Oregon reported 178 new cases on Thursday, the highest number since the outbreak began.
Iowa elsewhere in the country has allowed bars, restaurants, theaters and other businesses to collect more customers. Swimming pools, senior centers and adult day care centers were also cleaned to open. Iowa still sees hot spots, especially near its meat packaging plants.
“At this point, it makes it clear that he wants the economy to open up,” said a worried Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Republican Government Greg Abbott in Texas. “My hope is moving at the state level when I see what kind of fluctuation there will be.”