Some states trace their chronology of coronaviruses after the discovery of previous deaths


“We are doing the same across the state and in other countries to ultimately help better understand when this pandemic really started to affect Californians directly,” Newsom said on Wednesday.

Authorities in Indiana are tracking cases dating back to at least mid-February, a few weeks before the state announced its first case in early March.

“We will do our best to identify each death we believe to be associated with Covid-19 and ensure that we count that number appropriately,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box. “There will be individuals who have never touched the hospital system who may well have had Covid-19. “

California has more than 1,400 deaths while Indiana has more than 650. Indiana should expect to see a total increase of less than 100 deaths as a result of the review effort, Box said. Newsom said there would be “later” announcements as the state determined the early origins of the virus.

A woman wears a mask as she crosses an empty street near the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center.

Governors and mayors fight over reopening

The pandemic has hit the United States particularly hard, causing home stay orders in more than 40 states. The decision to reopen, while coronavirus deaths persist, pits governors against mayors in some of the largest cities.

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman said the city’s businesses are ready to reopen, but has not provided any directive on social distancing.

“For a restaurant to be open or a small shop open, they’d better find out. It’s their job. It’s not the mayor’s job, “Goodman told Anderson Cooper of CNN.

The chief state official did not share her enthusiasm. “We are clearly not ready to open,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak told CNN.

Hundreds of people affected by the Covid-19 epidemic line up for boxes of food at a Salvation Army center in Chelsea, Mass.

Trump disagrees with key ally

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has made the most aggressive move to date to grow the state’s economy by allowing businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, bowling alleys, and gymnasiums to reopen Friday.

President Donald Trump first applauded the decision of one of his key allies, a source said, and then criticized it during his daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday.

“I don’t agree with him on what he does but I want to let the governors do (what they want),” said the president.

Inside the high stakes coronavirus gamble by the Governor of Georgia

The mayor of the largest city in Georgia said the decision to reopen left her puzzled.

“I have searched my head and my heart about this and I do not know what the governor is basing this decision on,” said Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat.

The state is grappling with an epidemic that has left an estimated 850 people dead. The mayors of Augusta and Savannah also criticized the decision to reopen.

“You have to live to fight another day. And you have to be among the living to be able to recover, ”said Lance Bottoms.

And in neighboring South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster announced that some stores could reopen at 20% of capacity with beaches. Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia accused him of using “arbitrary dates” instead of data to make his decisions.

When you should resume your activities, it is when you have real indicators over two weeks that show a deceleration of the pandemic, “said Benjamin, referring to one of the White House criteria for the reopening of the economies of ‘State. We need more tests. We need more data, and then we can decide how to resume our activities. “

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said the governor’s reopening plan was “a measured response” that took into account security and social distancing. “It’s not like he opened the barn door and everything flies away,” said Tecklenburg.

Following the example of Alaska’s governor Mike Dunleavy, Anchorage’s mayor Ethan Berkowitz plans to allow some businesses to reopen on Monday. However, he said, he reserves the right to impose more restrictions on them than the state.

Not so fast, experts warn states

A coronavirus model regularly cited by the White House warns that no state should open before May 1.

South Carolina and Georgia are scheduled to open only on June 5 and June 19, respectively, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, warned Kemp to be careful.

“Go ahead and move on to phases where you shouldn’t be, I advise him, as a health manager and doctor, not to do so,” said Fauci.

Montana has the best forecast on May 1. The only other states slated to open by May 10 are Alaska, Hawaii, North Carolina, Vermont, and West Virginia, the model says. North Carolina is the only one of six states with more than 1,000 confirmed cases.

According to the model, about half of the country’s states are expected to remain closed until May 25 or later. The reopening dates are based on the assumption that states will have aggressive testing, contact tracing, isolation and limits on the size of rallies to prevent another wave of the virus.

Millions of coronavirus tests are needed each week before US restrictions can be lifted safely, say economists and public health experts.

“We have estimated that we need at least three times as many tests as we currently have,” said Dr. Anish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Initiative. “We were stable for three and a half weeks. We haven’t made any progress. “

CNN’s Sarah Moon, Ralph Ellis, Christina Maxouris, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Arman Azad contributed to this report.


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