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15 states still seeing COVID-19 cases rise despite states reopening

Arkansas, North Dakota and South Carolina, which have reopened with some of the least restrictive guidelines in the US, are among the 15 states where coronavirus infections are increasing, data shows. 

All 50 states have now lifted COVID-19 lockdown measures to varying degrees by allowing some businesses to reopen as infections across the country increased to 1.5 million and deaths rose to nearly 94,000. 

Fifteen of those states are currently seeing an increase in infections over a 14 day trend with the majority of them only having minor restrictions in place for reopening, according to data compiled by the Covid Exit Strategy.

Arkansas (+136%), North Dakota (+47%) and South Carolina (+34%) have all seen increases of more than 45 percent in new cases and all have minor restrictions in place for reopening, including allowing gyms, restaurants and personal care services like barbers and salons to open their doors again. 

Minnesota (+12%), North Carolina (+49%), Michigan (+8%) and California (+10%) have seen increases in cases of between 8 percent and 49 percent. 

Those states, however, have among the strictest guidelines in place for reopening. In those states, only some businesses can reopen but restaurants, gyms and personal care services remain largely closed. 

Fifteen of states are currently seeing an increase in infections over a 14 day trend with the majority of them only having minor restrictions in place for reopening. All 50 states have now lifted COVID-19 lockdown measures to varying degrees by allowing some businesses to reopen as infections across the country increased to 1.5 million and deaths rose to nearly 94,000

According to the data, Washington state (-62%), New York (-41%), New Jersey (-41%) and Kansas (-44%) are the four states seeing the largest declines in infections.

Of those four states, Kansas is the only one that has minor restrictions on reopening. The other three are still largely locked down but have allowed some businesses to reopen. 

Despite all 50 states reopening this week, few have actually met the White House’s guidelines for lifting measures aimed at fighting the pandemic, which included a 14-day downward trajectory of infections.

The data compiled by the Covid Exit Strategy uses the gating criteria provided by the government in order to track each state’s progress towards declining cases and infection reproduction rates – the average number of people that will be infected by a COVID-19 positive person.  

With the virus far from vanquished, the reopenings across the US could prove to be a stop-and-start, two-steps-forward-one-step-back process.  

As the US states continue to loosen their coronavirus restrictions, it’s back to business, but not business as usual. 

In fact, it is becoming all too clear that without a vaccine against the scourge, the disruptions could be long-lasting and the economy won’t be bouncing right back.  

A forecast from the University Of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School model, predicts nearly 4.3 million cases and 230,000 deaths by July 24 if states reopen but individuals don’t maintain their social distancing efforts. Meanwhile, a separate model from the UMass Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence is projecting that deaths will surpass 113,000 by mid-June. 

Here’s a breakdown of the 15 states where infections are still increasing and each reopening status: 

Arkansas 

In Arkansas, which has recorded more than 5,000 cases and over 107 deaths, the state has seen a 136% increase in infections over a 14 day trend of COVID-19 cases. 

The state has an infection rate of between 0.7 to 1.3. 

Restaurants, gyms and personal care can reopen in the state, while bars can reopen from May 26. Theaters, casinos and stadiums can also reopen if limited to a 50 person capacity.

North Dakota 

North Dakota has seen a 47% increase in cases with an infection reproduction rate ranging between 0.8 to 1.2. 

The state, which has recorded more than 2,000 infections and 49 deaths, is on the less restrictive end of the scale for reopening and has allowed gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses to start up again. Bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

South Carolina 

South Carolina’s cases have increased 34 percent with the state having a infection reproduction rate of between 0.6 and 1.1. 

The state currently has more than 9,000 infections and more than 300 deaths.

Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses can reopen in the state but bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

Wyoming 

In Wyoming, the state has seen a 29 percent increase in cases. The state’s infections total more than 780 with 11 deaths. 

Wyoming has less restrictive reopening measures and has allowed restaurants, bars, gyms and personal care services to start up again. 

Texas 

Infections in Texas have increased by 22 percent, according to the data. 

The state, which currently has more than 51,000 cases and 1,400 deaths, has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.9 and 1.0. 

Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can reopen at a 25%. In some parts of the state they can open at 50% capacity. Bars remain closed across the state. 

Arizona 

Arizona has seen an 18 percent increase in cases with the state’s total number of infections at more than 14,900 and deaths at 749. 

The state, which has allowed gyms, restaurants, retail stores and persona care businesses to reopen, has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.8 and 1.0.  

Major league sports can also resume in the state without spectators but bars and nightclubs still remain closed. 

Alabama 

In Alabama – where infections are more than 13,000 and deaths are at 520 – there has been a 13 percent increase in cases. 

The state, which has allowed gyms and personal care services to reopen, as well as restaurants with limited seating, has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.9 and 1.1.

Maine 

Maine, which currently has 1,800 infections and 73 deaths, has seen infections go up by 29 percent. Maine currently has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.6 and 1.4. 

The state has only allowed some businesses to reopen in certain areas with lower infection rates. 

Personal care services can reopen, as well as retail and restaurants in rural areas. Gyms can also now hold outdoor classes. Bars and retail stores in other parts of the state remain closed. 

Minnesota 

In Minnesota, infections have increased by 12 percent. The state has recorded more than 17,600 cases and 786 deaths. 

The state has allowed retail and malls, industrial, manufacturing and office settings to reopen but gyms, personal care services, restaurants and bars remain closed. 

North Carolina 

North Carolina’s infections have increased by 49 percent. The state, which currently has more than 20,000 cases and over 700 deaths, has only slightly lifted restrictions by allowing retail stores to start up again. 

Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care services across the state remain closed. 

California 

California, which has more than 86,000 cases and over 3,500 deaths, has seen its infections increase by 10 percent, according to the data. 

The state has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.8 and 1.0.

California still has strict measures in place but has allowed low risk businesses like clothing stores, sporting goods and florists to resume with curbside pickup. Manufacturers can also commence again with social distancing. 

Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care services remain closed. Sports without spectators can recommence this month. 

Virginia 

The state of Virginia has seen an eight percent increase in infections. There are currently more than 34,000 cases and 1,000 deaths in the state with an infection reproductions rate of between 0.8 and 1.1. 

Virginia has allowed restaurants and bars to reopen open for outdoor dining. Personal care services can also reopen but gyms remain closed. 

Michigan 

In Michigan, where the state has recorded 53,000 cases and 5,000 deaths, the number of infections have increased by eight percent. 

Businesses and restaurants in parts of the state are now allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. The construction industry has reopened and retail stores can open for curbside pickup but gyms and personal care businesses remain closed.

The state has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.7 and 1.1. 

Wisconsin 

The data shows that Wisconsin has seen a six percent increase in cases. The state currently has more than 13,000 cases and over 480 deaths. 

Bars, restaurants, gyms, retail and personal care services have been allowed to reopen in the state, which currently has an infection reproduction rate of between 0.7 and 1.1.

Idaho 

Idaho, which has essentially reopened everything apart from bars and nightclubs, has seen infections increase five percent.     

The state currently has more than 2,500 infections and 77 deaths. It’s infection reproduction rate is currently between 0.6 and 1.3.  

Here’s a breakdown of where states are decreasing and the reopening status: 

Colorado 

Retail and personal care services can reopen. Restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout only.Large workplaces can reopen at 50% capacity. 

Georgia

Gyms, personal care and restaurants can reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed for now.

Illinois

Retail stores are open for pickup and delivery and state parks are open for hiking and fishing. Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care service are still shut. 

Indiana 

Retail stores, offices and places of worship can reopen. Restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity. Personal care services can reopen by appointment only. Gyms and outdoor recreational facilities remain closed. 

Iowa

Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses can reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

Kansas

Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses can reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Kentucky 

Manufacturing, construction, car dealerships and professional services can resume at 50% capacity. Retail and houses of worship can also reopen. Personal care services can start again from May 25 and restaurants and bars will likely reopen in June. 

Massachusetts 

Construction, manufacturing and places of worship can reopen. Gyms, bars, restaurants and personal care services remain closed. 

Missouri 

Gyms, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, retail stores and personal care services are open. 

Nebrask

Restaurants, personal care businesses and places of worship can reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain shut. 

New Hampshire 

Retail stores and personal care businesses can reopen. Restaurants can open for outdoor seating. Gyms, bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

New Jersey 

Gyms, restaurants, bars and nightclubs remain closed. Outdoor recreation including golf courses and parks are now open. 

New Mexico 

Retail stores can open but gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care services remain closed.

New York

Curbside retail and drive-in cinemas are allowed in parts of the state. Gyms, restaurants, personal care services and other retail stores remain closed. 

Ohio 

Retail stores, restaurants and personal care businesses can reopen. Gyms, bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Oregon 

Some retail stores, gyms, bars, restaurants and personal care businesses can reopen in parts of the state. 

Pennsylvania 

Retail stores can reopen in some parts of the state. Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care businesses remain closed for now. 

Rhode Island

Retail stores and outdoor restaurant dining can start again. Gyms, bars, nightclubs and personal care businesses can reopen. 

Tennessee 

Gyms, restaurants and personal care services can reopen but bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

Washington 

Restaurants and curbside retail can reopen in parts of the state. Gyms, bars and personal care services remain closed. 

West Virginia 

Gyms can reopen and restaurants can offer outdoor dining. Personal care services are reopen by appointment only. 

Here’s a breakdown of states where infections remain flat, as well as reopening measures: 

Connecticut 

 Restaurants with outdoor seating, retail stores and offices can reopen at 50% capacity. Personal care services can reopen from June 1. 

Delaware

Retail shops can offer curbside pick up but gyms, restaurants, bars and cinemas remain closed. 

Florida

Retail stores, restaurants, gyms and personal care services can reopen. Sporting venues can resume without spectators. Bars, nightclubs and cinemas are still closed. 

Louisiana

Restaurants, gyms, personal care services and places of worship can reopen. Bars, retail stores and cinemas remain closed. 

Mississippi

Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses can reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

Maryland

Retail stores can reopen, while personal care services can reopen with appointments.Restaurants, bars, gyms and personal care services remain closed. 

Nevada

Retail stores, restaurants and personal care businesses can reopen at reduced capacity. Gyms, bars and nightclubs remain closed. 

Oklahoma

Gyms, restaurants, bars, retails stores, personal care businesses and places of worship are open. 

South Dakota

The state had no lockdown measures in place. Businesses have been advised to open their doors and take precautions to keep people spread apart. 

Utah

Gyms, restaurants and personal care services can reopen. 

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