US coronavirus: Many states stop at reopening, but experts say virus spread is difficult to control

“What we hope is that we can take it seriously and delay transmission in these places,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, senior deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But what I think What is very discouraging is that we are clearly not at a point where there is so little virus spread that it will be easy to eliminate. “

The United States has reported more than 2.5 million cases of the virus and at least 126,140 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. State and local leaders have said the increase in cases is due in part to meetings, both in homes and in places like bars, which some experts called the perfect breeding ground for the virus.

But experts have long warned that some states also reopened too soon and too quickly, Warning the movement could lead to more spikes in the cases.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state will decide later this week on either to delay the reopening of food in New York City, as “it has been shown to present risks in other states.”

Only two states see decline in new cases

The rethink of how to safely reopen to the US occurs when new cases in at least 36 states are trending up compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

States reporting an increase in new cases include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri , Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Twelve states are constantly walking in new cases: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Virginia.

Two report a decrease in new cases: New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The next two weeks are critical, says Los Angeles mayor

In Los Angeles, the the county health director said authorities “did not expect to see such a rapid increase so quickly.”

Since it began reopening several weeks ago, Los Angeles has seen an alarming increase in cases and hospitalizations, said health director Barbara Ferrer. There are now a total of more than 100.00 confirmed cases, with a single-day record of 2,903 new cases reported on Monday.

The next two weeks will be critical, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.

“This period will be our second major test to see whether or not we can do things, all the wisdom we have learned, to apply it collectively and to make sure we do our part to keep people living and maintain their livelihoods.” said.

At the current rate of increase, Los Angeles hospital beds will likely reach capacity in a few weeks, said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of Health Services.

“The number of hospital beds could become inadequate in the coming weeks,” said Ghaly. There are only enough fans in the county to last four weeks, and Ghaly says the county’s projections show a marked increase in death rates.

In Riverside County, in southern California, about 96% of all intensive care unit beds are in use, officials said Monday.

Over the weekend, the county reported that its ICU bed capacity reached 99%, largely due to overflow from neighboring Imperial County. 370 ICU beds are now in use, 3% less than on the weekend.

‘We barely survived the first shutdown’

Meanwhile, the escalation in cases means that many companies across the country have been forced to close a second time, which some owners say can be devastating.

In Texas, after the governor ordered bars closed again last week, a Houston homeowner told CNN he is applying for unemployment.

Texas and Florida bar owners close their doors a second time and fear devastating impacts

And after Florida suspended alcohol use at the scene, a Jacksonville bar said they were concerned about what it would mean to close their doors a second time.

“We barely survived the first shutdown and once we were allowed to reopen in Phase 2, we were very strict about following all CDC guidelines,” said a spokesperson for the Volstead bar.

In Arizona, where the governor announced perhaps one of the most radical reversals to date, many companies were forced to close, this time for at least 30 days.
The order signed by the state governor prohibits large gatherings and halts operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tube rentals.

“Our expectation is that next week, our numbers will be worse,” said Governor Doug Ducey on Monday. “It will take several weeks for the mitigations we are implementing to take effect.”

CNN’s Cheri Mossburg, Alexandra Meeks, Sarah Moon and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.


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