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Amid reopening efforts, coronavirus hot spots are emerging around the country. Professor and infectious disease expert William Schaffner said, “The second wave has begun. We’re opening up across the country, but many, many people are not social distancing, many are not wearing their masks.” Various states have experienced an uptick in cases, including Arizona, which has seen an average of more than a thousand new COVID-19 cases each day. Health experts are attributing the surge in cases to the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order one month ago. Texas and Florida are also seeing their number of cases and hospitalizations increase.
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow states that even if there is a resurgence of infections, President Trump is unlikely to shut down the U.S. economy again. Kudlow said, “Shutting down the economy could be worse for our health than not shutting it down.” The Dow Jones Industrial fell more than 600 points just minutes after the opening bell on Monday as Wall Street saw heightened fears of a second wave.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned residents on Sunday that violations of coronavirus restrictions could cause the state to roll back its reopening schedule. Once the epicenter of the pandemic, New York has made a major turnaround, reporting only 23 deaths on Sunday. As lockdown restrictions continue easing throughout the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines to help minimize public risk.
The CDC — finally — has new guidelines for reducing Covid-19 risk post-lockdowns – Vox – 6/13/2020
The CDC released two new guidance documents Friday. One is for individuals thinking about leaving the house to engage in activities like going to restaurants, nail salons, gyms, and the bank; traveling; and hosting small gatherings like cookouts. The other lists considerations for event planners (with the disclaimer that “these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply”).
As Coronavirus Infections Surge Nationwide, Threats Rise Of New Shutdowns, Election Disruptions – Forbes – 6/15/2020
As states move forward with reopening plans amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, a surge in nationwide coronavirus infections and reports of residents ignoring social distancing guidelines has led the governors of New York and New Jersey to threaten another lockdown, while Alaskan officials express concern over what a recent spike in cases could mean for upcoming elections.
Hospital beds filling up as coronavirus surges – Sun Sentinel – 6/14/2020
The supply of available hospital beds in South Florida is getting tighter as a statewide surge in coronavirus is picking up. In Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties — a region with a much higher rate of COVID-19 than the rest of the state — about 70% of intensive care unit beds, used for the sickest patients, were in use on Sunday.
Major Texas City Considers Issuing Another Stay-In-Place Order As Coronavirus Cases Surge – CBS 21 – 6/15/2020
Houston opened to 75% capacity on Friday, but it may not last long. Officials are cautioning that they may need to order people back home and open a COVID-19 hospital at NRG Stadium as coronavirus cases surge in the nation’s fourth-largest city.
lisamsterling on Twitter, 6/15/2020: Curious as to how many orgs are creating a Coronavirus second-wave contingency plan. What will be different? What lessons have been learned?
Nancy Yang on Twitter, 6/15/2020: Is the U.S. now in the second wave of #COVID19? Nope, we’re still in the first wave
s.e. smith on Twitter, 6/15/2020: Amarillo, Tx., became a coronavirus hot spot. It’s an ominous glimpse into our future.
Julie Oliver on Twitter, 6/15/2020: Texans need a Governor and a Congress that won’t put Trump, politics, and partisanship before Texans’ health and safety. A second wave of coronavirus cases mean that more businesses shut down as demand falls. And more of our fellow Texans will die.