Nationwide, Californians are required to wear facial coverings indoors in public places, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday. In the north, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a similar mandate for seven counties starting June 24.
Similar measures are being considered in North Carolina and Arizona, where the Mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane, is developing a regulation with a legal team.
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that social distancing there was almost impossible and county health officials should close it.
A total of 23 countries recorded peak values compared to last week. One reason for this could be that the nation was too early to relax the restrictions on home stay to curb the spread of the virus.
“Things opened early,” said Dr. Peter Hotez from Baylor College of Medicine told CNN. “We have not completed the social distancing phase that we had to do, and now we are seeing this very strong acceleration.”
Executives who want to slow the acceleration of the outbreak need to consider how long-term health and economic protection measures can be implemented, said Dr. Colleen Kraft, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Emory University Hospital, Thursday in the CNN Newsroom.
“Now we have to find out how we can protect people as they go about their daily lives,” said Kraft. “We have to focus on living with Covid. There will be no world after Covid for a long time.”
According to Johns Hopkins University:
• From one week to the next, 23 states report upward trends in newly reported cases: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
• Eight states see a constant number of newly reported cases: Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Utah.
• 18 states are seeing a downward trend: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Wisconsin.
• In one state, Vermont, there has been a decrease of at least 50%.
Live with Covid
As Americans re-enter public life this summer, the U.S. Disease Control Centers made recommendations on beach safety on Thursday.
Many of the recommendations include precautions that health professionals have been preaching all the time.
For example, face masks should also be worn on the beach (airways should remain clear in the water), beach blankets should be placed 6 feet apart, and groceries, supplies, and toys should not be shared according to CDC guidelines.
The same guidelines about keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a face cover also apply to other situations, according to health experts.
“Uniform masking would go a long way,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, during a performance on Thursday in “Morning Joe” and cited a study that showed that the virus could decrease rather than expand if only 60% of people were wearing masks, that were 60% effective.
Millions of lives were saved when the states closed and people stayed at home when the pandemic broke out, said the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in an episode of the US Department of Health’s Learning Curve podcast. On Wednesday.
And now that states are seeing spikes again, they may have to step back, Hotez said.
“I see no other option but to start reintroducing a significant amount of social distance,” he said.
Differences in the effects of the coronavirus
Local leaders also need to reevaluate how they respond to the racial differences of the pandemic that make ethnic minorities so vulnerable to the disease, a racial justice expert said on Thursday.
“The corona virus has shown us that we also need to invest enormous amounts of resources in our communities,” said David Harris, executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, in a Facebook live discussion.
Fauci also discussed the disproportionate effects of the virus on Black Americans, as a result of the Learning Curve podcast on Wednesday.
“They have suffered from the fact that their infection rate is higher due to the economic status that many of them are out of work and unable to physically separate,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease .
Given the social determinants – which include the conditions in which people are born and in which they live – there is a much higher risk of serious consequences, including death, if black Americans are infected, Fauci said.
Many homeless people are also at higher health risk during the coronavirus pandemic, according to District Judge David Carter.
Last month, Carter issued an order to move people living under the freeway underpasses and overpasses in Los Angeles, as well as homeless people who are at risk or over the age of 65.
The city and county of Los Angeles have signed an agreement to move nearly 7,000 homeless to the new beds the city will provide within 18 months, the Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas office said in a press release on Thursday With.
“This is a new milestone in our partnership to ensure that everyone in Los Angeles has a life of dignity and value,” said Ridley-Thomas.
CNN’s Gisela Crespo, Jon Passantino, Sharif Paget, Naomi Thomas, Sarah Moon and Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.