Some COVID Rates on the Rise Amid Reopenings — What Phase Is Your State In?

Tarrah Gibbons
June 11, 2020 - 1:26 pm

Health officials across the nation have warned Americans about a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Now, as stay-home orders relax and reopening plans advance to later phases, some states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections.

At least 19 states are currently experiencing a trend of new increasing cases, according to a CNN report.

One of these states, Arizona, is bracing for impact, with officials urging hospitals to activate emergency plans. Dr. Cara Christ, the state's Director of Health Services, has asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to guarantee bed capacity.

While 24 U.S. states are trending downward in their COVID rates, seven states remain steady. Additionally, since Memorial Day, hospitalizations for the virus have increased in at least 12 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

As of Thursday morning, the U.S. surpassed 2 million cases of the virus, with more than 112,000 deaths, reports NPR.

While many states have loosened stay-home restrictions, health officials worry that high rates may return amid a lack of vaccine and more people congregating in public, including for ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.

This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci called the COVID-19 pandemic his “worst nightmare,” while warning that the crisis “isn’t over yet.” Speaking to biotech executives at a Biotechnology Innovation Organization conference, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was “almost certain” at least one of the COVID-19 vaccines being developed would be a success.

With no one-size-fits-all federal recommendation, all 50 states are taking the lead on their own local orders. Find out what phase your state is in the reopening process below.

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