Covid-19: Spike in New Cases
Cases are on the rise once again as the pandemic continues to sweep across the globe with over 7.5 million people having contracted Covid-19 globally and more than 135,000 new cases are being reported each day. The United States remains a hot spot for this virus with more than 19,000 new cases being reported each day.
According to the Washington Post analysis nine states (see below) reported new single-day highs or set a record for seven-day new coronavirus case averages. Many health officials link the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases to businesses reopening in various states.
- Alabama: Stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Gov. Kay Ivey, allowed the state's stay-at-home order to expire on April 30, transitioning to a “safer at home” model. Retail stores were allowed to open first, with restaurants, salons and gyms opening May 11 and entertainment venues opening May 22.
- Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey, extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15, but outlined a plan for retail stores and other businesses to begin opening sooner. Most businesses are now open under a “Return Stronger” plan.
- Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis, allowed limited openings for restaurants and stores in most counties starting May 4. Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the last remaining holdouts still shut down in Florida, began reopening May 18. Beaches are open to some activities. Most counties can open bars, entertainment venues and personal care businesses.
- Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak said restaurants and personal care businesses could start to reopen on May 9, but Nevadans were encouraged to stay home. Casinos and gaming resumed June 4.
- North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper, continued to order people to stay at home, but increased the number of allowable reasons to go out. Retail stores could open with limits on customers beginning May 8. Restaurants, personal care businesses and pools reopened May 22.
- Oklahoma: Gov. Kevin Stitt, lifted restrictions on businesses starting with salons, barbers and pet groomers on April 24. Restaurant dining, movie theaters, gyms, houses of worship and sporting venues reopened statewide — with certain restrictions — starting May 1. The state was set to move into phase three of its reopening June 1.
- Oregon: Regional reopening - Gov. Kate Brown, approved 35 of 36 counties for reopening’s and will allow many of them to reopen movie theaters, bowling alleys, pools and offices starting June 5.
- South Carolina: Gov. Henry McMaster, was among the last to issue a stay-at-home order and was also among the first to begin opening up his state, starting April 20. The reopening began with retail stores, which are under instructions to operate at 20 percent capacity.
- Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott said allowed his stay-at-home order to lapse on April 30, a move that gave Texas, the nation’s second-largest state, one of the shortest such orders in the country. Mr. Abbott, a Republican, said that Texas had expanded testing and stocked up on protective equipment. All retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls were allowed to reopen May 1, with limited capacity.