US coronavirus: Many states hit break on reopening but experts say spread of virus is difficult to control

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“What we hope is that we can take it seriously and slow transmission in these places,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the senior assistant director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But what I think is very disheartening is that we’re clearly not at a point where there are so few viruses spread that it’s going to be easy to suffocate. ”

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 officials have said that the increase in the number of cases is partly spurred by rallies, both in homes and in places like bars – which some experts have called the perfect breeding ground for the virus .

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

New York Gouv. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state will decide later this week on if to slow the reopening of the indoor dining room in New York City, it has “been shown to pose risks in other states. ”

Even with a revival of measures, an expert said there is no evidence that resetting bars and other businesses will slow the resurgence of the virus in parts of the United States.

“They’re trying to see if they can do it surgically, which simply means closing bars or 50% of restaurants and encouraging the use of masks or, in some cases, mandate masks and stop that full lock, “says Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor University of Medicine. “What evidence is there that it works?”

Only two members, decrease in the number of new cases

The questioning of the safe way to reopen the US comes as new cases in at least 36 states are trending up from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

State reports of 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 trekking for new cases: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia.

Both report a decrease in the number of new cases: New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Next two weeks are crucial, THE mayor says

In Los Angeles, the County health director said officials did not “expect to see this sharp increase in this quickly. ”

Since starting to reopen several weeks ago, Los Angeles has seen an alarming increase in cases and hospitalizations, health director Barbara Ferrer said. There are now a total of more than 100.00 confirmed cases, with a high daily record of 2.903 new cases being reported on Monday.

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

“This period will be our second big test to see whether or not we can do things, all the wisdom we have learned, collectively apply it and ensure that we do our part to keep people alive and to maintain livelihoods, ”he says.

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

“The number of hospital beds may become insufficient in the coming weeks,” Ghaly said. There are only enough fans in the county in the past four weeks and Ghaly says county projections show a marked increase in death rates.

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

On weekends, the county reported their intensive care beds capacity reached 99%, largely due to the overshoot of neighboring Imperial County. There are 370 intensive care beds today, down 3% from the weekend.

‘We barely survived the first shutdown’

Meanwhile, the rise in the event, many businesses across the country have been forced to close a second time, which some owners say can be catastrophic.

In Texas, after the governor ordered bars closed again last week, a single owner in Houston told CNN that he will testify for unemployment.

And after Florida hung up on the drinking site, a Jacksonville bar said they were concerned about what closing their doors a second time would say.

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

In Arizona, where the governor announced perhaps one of the most radical restorations yet, many businesses were forced to shut down for at least 30 days.

The purchase order signed by the state’s governor prohibits gatherings and breaks from bars, gyms, cinemas, water parks, and rental tubes.

“Our hope is that next week our numbers will be worse,” Gouv. Doug Ducey said Monday. “It will take several weeks for the mitigation measures we put in place to take effect. “

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

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