“You tell me how people behave today, I will tell you the infection rate in three days,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on Sunday, stressing the importance of residents’ actions for the spread of infections .
However, with health officials warning that the deadly virus has not yet been contained, local officials across the country are working to enforce the reopening of shops, bars, and restaurants.
The Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration called on Americans on Memorial Day on Sunday to follow federal guidelines to curb the spread of the corona virus.
“With the opening of the country this holiday weekend, I remind everyone again that the corona virus is not yet included. It is up to everyone to protect themselves and their community. Social distance, washing hands and wearing masks protect us all.”
“The reality is that too many people are coming together,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “No social distancing, no mask. And then, after Memorial Day this weekend, they’ll be working with someone or being in close proximity to someone else.”
So far, the country’s infections are 1,643,000 and deaths are closer to 100,000.
Spike of falls in Washington, DC
While Americans are pushing to return to a normal lifestyle and the country continues to lift restrictions on corona viruses, experts say that many parts of the country are still not going in the right direction.
North Carolina saw the highest increase in new cases in a day over the weekend, and parts of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and other states still have a high number of infections, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
In Washington, DC, health officials are reporting an increase in new cases – an increase that could be a setback for the criteria by which officials decide when the city will begin its first phase of reopening.
As of this weekend, Washington had 11 days of declining coronavirus spread in the community. The city said 14 days of decline were needed before it opened again. Sunday would have been the 13th day of decline – but instead there has been a small increase in the past two days.
But because the spike was small, health officials say they’ll consider going back to the 11th day of decline instead of starting the count all over again.
“We don’t have to go to day zero,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the DC Department of Health, at a press conference.
There are two other factors that officials will consider before reopening: a positive rate of less than 20% and hospital capacity less than 80%.
As of Sunday, the city’s positivity rate is 19% and hospital capacity is 74%.
A 17 year old dies in Georgia
In Georgia, one of the first states to begin reopening, officials reported the state’s recent death with corona viruses on Sunday.
The victim was a 17-year-old boy, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The boy had basic illnesses. The department offered no further details.
The boy’s death is a grim reminder that although officials have warned the elderly that there is a higher risk of complications related to infection, younger people are also victims of the virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that many young people with coronavirus did not have serious problems, but health professionals are investigating a virus-related complication in children across the country called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children becomes.
According to experts, symptoms usually include stomach pain and vomiting as well as fever and possibly a rash.
The White House introduces travel restrictions
“I have found that it is in the interests of the United States to take measures to restrict and suspend the entry of all foreigners who were physically present in the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14th century as immigrants or non-immigrants to the United States “Day before entering or attempting to enter the United States,” said the President’s proclamation.
According to Johns Hopkins, Brazil ranks second after the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases and has more than 363,200 infections.
At the weekend, the country recorded more than 15,000 new infections in just 24 hours.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Nicky Robertson, Claudia Dominguez and Maija Ehlinger contributed to this report.