Coronavirus UPDATE: Recap 6/11/20

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Coronavirus UPDATE: Recap 6/10/20

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COVID-19: Snapshot of the Week

This week, as of 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 GMT), as of June 10, 2020, the reported worldwide numbers were 7,389,237 cases and 415,812 deaths in 213 countries and territories. There were 3,643,462 recoveries reported worldwide.

The US had 2,053,738 reported cases and 114,414 deaths. New York accounted for 400,660 of those cases and 30,603 of those deaths. New Jersey, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida and Michigan were the states with the next highest numbers of reported cases (all above 65,000).

The US Military reported 10,822 cases and 36 deaths while the Veterans Affairs reported 16,347 cases and 1,408 deaths. The Navajo Nation reported 6,150 cases and 285 deaths. Federal Prisons reported 6,822 cases and 79 deaths.

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Last week, as of 1:00 PM EDT (17:00 GMT), June 3, 2020, the reported worldwide numbers were 6,511,601 cases and 384,499 deaths in 213 countries and territories. There were 3,099,077 recoveries reported worldwide.

The US had 1,888,888 reported cases and 108,449 deaths. New York accounted for 381,912 of those cases and 30,078 of those deaths. New Jersey, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida and Michigan were the states with the next highest numbers of reported cases (all above 57,000).

The US Military reported 10,133 cases and 36 deaths while the Veterans Affairs reported 14,607 cases and 1,271 deaths. The Navajo Nation reported 5,533 cases and 252 deaths. Federal Prisons reported 6,229 cases and 71 deaths.

National and State Reopenings

As of this week, all 52 states, districts and territories have reopened to varying degrees. States that have reopened include:

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  • Alabama Open amenities include parks, beaches, gyms, retail stores, restaurant dining, bars, breweries, salons and entertainment venues, including theaters.
  • Alaska — Open amenities include restaurant dining, Bars, retail stores, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, gyms, pools, libraries, theaters, bowling alleys and museums.
  • Arizona — Open amenities include retail stores, barbershops, salons, restaurant dining, pools, gyms, spas and casinos.
  • Arkansas — Open amenities include campgrounds, gyms, pools, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, restaurant dining, bars, theaters, stadiums, museums, bowling alleys and casinos.
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  • California (regional) — Open amenities include manufacturing, warehouses, offices, pet groomers, hair salons and barbershops in some counties, restaurant dining in some counties, houses of worship and retail stores in some counties — opening soon: casinos in some counties; museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums in some counties, bowling alleys, arcades, mini-golf, bars in some counties, gyms in some counties, movie, TV and music production.
  • Colorado — Open amenities include salons and personal services, retail stores, offices, manufacturing, campgrounds and restaurant dining.
  • Connecticut — Open amenities include restaurants open for outdoor dining, retail stores, malls, museums, zoos, offices, beaches, salons and barbershops.
  • Delaware — These amenities have reopened: barbershops, hair salons, tanning salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, farmers markets, retail stores, malls, beaches, pools, gyms, restaurants, bars, breweries, museums, libraries, galleries, live performances and casinos.
  • District of Columbia — These amenities have reopened: retail shops for curbside pickup, restaurants are open for outdoor dining, libraries open to curbside pickup, dog parks, golf courses, tennis courts, parks, barbershops and hair salons.
  • Florida — Open amenities include restaurant dining, bars in most counties, retail stores, beaches, trails; gyms, houses of worship and sporting venues without spectators, movie theaters, concert halls, bowling alleys in most counties, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, tanning salons, and acupuncture in most counties.
  • Georgia — Open amenities include gyms, bowling alleys, theaters, private social clubs, hair salons, barbershops and restaurant dining, large venues, bars and nightclubs.
  • Hawaii — Open amenities include beaches, piers, docks, etc., state parks, pools and waterparks in some areas, campgrounds in some areas, gyms in some areas, retail stores, pet groomers, salons and barbershops, nail salons in some areas and tattoo parlors in some areas, construction in some areas, offices in some areas, houses of worship and restaurant dining in some areas.
  • Idaho — Open amenities include houses of worship, gyms, pools, waterparks, restaurant dining, bars, hair salons and movie theaters.
  •  Illinois — These amenities have reopened: state parks; limited fishing, boating, golf courses, gyms, retail stores, pet grooming, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors, restaurants open for outdoor dining, manufacturing and offices.
  • Indiana — Open amenities include libraries, movie theaters in most counties, manufacturing, offices, houses of worship, restaurant dining, spas, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, retail stores in all counties, gyms in most counties, pools, tennis and basketball courts in most counties and campgrounds in most counties — opening soon: gyms, pools, tennis and basketball courts and campgrounds in all counties — opening soon: amusement parks, water parks, bars and nightclubs, museums, zoos and aquariums, large venues, and retail stores at full capacity.
  • Iowa — Open amenities include houses of worship, libraries, movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums, campgrounds, gyms, pools, playgrounds, skating rinks, skate parks, medical spas, tanning salons, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc, restaurant dining, bars, retail stores and malls.
  • Kansas — Open amenities include restaurant dining, retail stores, houses of worship, offices, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, gyms, community centers, sports facilities, pools, theaters, nightclubs, museums and bowling alleys.
  • Kentucky — Open amenities include houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, offices, pet grooming and boarding, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc., retail stores and restaurant dining, distilleries, movie theaters bowling alleys, aquatic centers, gyms, museums, aquariums, libraries and outdoor attractions — opening soon: campgrounds.
  • Louisiana — Open amenities include restaurant dining, bars with food licenses, gyms, state parks, pools, malls, movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums, casinos, salons and barbershops and houses of worship, bars, spas, tattoo parlors, pools, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and event centers.
  • Maine — Open amenities include hair salons, barbershops, pet groomers, state parks, boating, golf courses, remote campgrounds, hunting and fishing, private campgrounds, RV parks, houses of worship, retail stores and restaurants — opening soon: bars for outdoor service in most counties, gyms in most counties, nail salons and tattoo parlors in most counties.
  • Maryland — Open amenities include golf courses, outdoor shooting ranges, marinas, campgrounds, beaches, outdoor pools, day camps, retail stores, manufacturing, construction, offices, hotels, lodging, houses of worship, hair salons and barbershops, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, restaurants open for outdoor dining, outdoor service at breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
  • Massachusetts — Open amenities include golf courses, beaches, parks, fishing, hunting and boating, houses of worship, construction, manufacturing, offices, hotels, lodging, retail for curbside pickup, hair salons, barbershops, pet grooming, and outdoor dining at restaurants.
  • Michigan — Open amenities include golf courses, marinas, construction, real estate, manufacturing, including auto companies, offices, retail, restaurants, bars, veterinary services, Pet groomers hair salons in some regions, barbershops in some regions, nail salons in some regions, tattoo parlors in some regions, arcades, bowling alleys, theaters, night clubs and convention centers. Opening soon: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors.
  • Minnesota — Open amenities include manufacturing, offices, retail stores and malls, houses of worship, restaurants and bars for outdoor service, dine-in restaurants, salons and barbershops, tattoo parlors, campgrounds, gyms, theaters and concert halls, bowling alleys, arcades and museums.
  • Mississippi — Open amenities include retail stores, restaurant dining, bars, state parks, gyms, salons and barbershops, tattoo parlors, casinos, movie theaters, libraries and museums.
  • Missouri — Open amenities include restaurant dining, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc., retail stores, gyms, campgrounds, movie theaters and music venues.
  • Montana — Open amenities include houses of worship, retail stores, salons, barbershops, massage parlors, restaurant dining, bars, breweries and distilleries, gyms, museums and movie theaters, concert venues and bowling alleys.
  • Nebraska (never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; regional reopenings) — Open amenities include houses of worship, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc. and restaurant dining, bars in certain counties, zoos in certain counties, movie theaters in certain counties and pools in certain counties.
  • Nevada — Open amenities include golf courses, pickleball, tennis courts, state parks, pools, waterparks, retail stores, malls, barbershops, hair salons and nail salons, restaurants, bars, cosmetology and skin services, massage therapy, tattoo and piercing shops, museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums, movie theaters, bowling alleys, outdoor attractions, houses of worship and gaming.
  • New Hampshire — Open amenities include retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, etc., golf courses, outdoor attractions and restaurants open for outdoor dining, beaches, houses of worship, personal and small group fitness training, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo shops, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Opening soon: restaurant dining in some counties.
  • New Jersey — Open amenities include golf courses, outdoor recreational businesses, beaches, construction and retail stores open to curbside pickup — opening soon: daycares, retail and outdoor dining at restaurants.
  • New Mexico — Open amenities include state parks, golf courses, boating, gyms, pools, pet grooming and boarding, veterinary services, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, nail salons, retail stores at 25% capacity, restaurant dining, offices at 25% capacity, houses of worship and restaurants.
  • New York — Open amenities include construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, offices in some regions, retail stores open to pick-up in some regions, retail for in-store shopping in some regions, low-risk businesses, houses of worship and beaches, hair salons, barbershops in some regions and outdoor dining in some regions.
  • North Carolina — Open amenities include retail stores, restaurant dining, salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and pools.
  • North Dakota (never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; allowed businesses to reopen May 1) — Open amenities include restaurant dining, bars, gyms, sports venues, salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, etc., movie theaters, music and entertainment venues.
  • Ohio — Open amenities include manufacturing, distribution, construction, offices, retail stores, salons, barbershops, etc., as well as dine-in restaurants and bars, campgrounds, gyms, pools, sports leagues, bowling alleys, miniature golf and batting cages, aquariums, zoos, skating rinks, playgrounds, country clubs, movie theaters, museums and art galleries.
  • Oklahoma — Open amenities include salons, barbershops, spas, pet groomers, etc., tattoo parlors, state parks, gyms, restaurant dining, bars, movie theaters, sports venues, museums, nightclubs, houses of worship and offices.
  • Oregon (regional) — Open amenities include some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, gyms in some counties, pools in some counties, restaurant dining in some counties, retail stores, salons and barbershops in some counties, movie theaters, bowling alleys in some counties and offices in some counties.
  • Pennsylvania — Open amenities include golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, privately-owned campgrounds, gyms in some counties, retail stores, restaurants and bars in some counties, outdoor dining restaurants and bars, hair salons, barbershops, spas in some counties and casinos, theaters and shopping malls in some counties.
  • Puerto Rico — These amenities have reopened: restaurants, salons, barbershops, pet grooming, retail stores, malls, outdoor malls and beaches.
  • Rhode Island — Open amenities include state parks, beaches, gyms, casinos, retail stores, malls, offices, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops, restaurant dining and houses of worship.
  • South Carolina — Open amenities include retail stores, beaches, piers, docks, etc., gyms, pools, restaurant dining, salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors and other personal services
  • South Dakota (Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order).
  • Tennessee (regional) — Open amenities include state parks, gyms in most counties, theaters, museums, amusement parks, restaurant dining in most counties, retail stores in most counties, salons and barbershops, etc. in most counties.
  • Texas — Open amenities include state parks, pools, gyms, natural caverns, waterparks, zoos, retail stores, malls, restaurant dining, bars, movie theaters, museums, libraries, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeos, aquariums, salons, barbershops, etc., massage and personal care, offices and manufacturing.
  • Utah — Open amenities include restaurant dining, salons, personal care businesses and gyms.
  • Vermont — Open amenities include manufacturing, construction, distribution, state parks, campgrounds, gyms, fitness centers, golf courses, trails etc., retail stores, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, museums, theaters, libraries and restaurant dining.
  • Virginia (state stay-at-home order set to expedite June 10, but regional reopenings authorized) — Open amenities include restaurants and bars for outdoor dining, retail stores, salons, barbershops, etc., beaches, campgrounds and houses of worship, gyms in most counties, pools in most counties, restaurants and bars in most counties, museums, zoos, aquariums, outdoor concerts in most counties — opening soon: restaurants and bars, gyms, pools, museums, zoos, aquariums and outdoor concerts.
  • Washington — Open amenities include state parks, fishing, hunting, golf courses, retail stores open to curbside pickup, in-store retail in some counties, restaurant dining in certain counties, construction, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.in some counties, pet grooming and drive-in religious services, as well as religious services in some counties.
  • West Virginia — Open amenities include salons, barbershops, pet groomers, tanning salons, spas, gyms, recreation centers, state parks, campgrounds, museums, zoos, restaurant dining, bars, retail stores and malls, massage parlors and spas, pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks and casinos.
  • Wisconsin — Open amenities include golf courses, state parks, pet groomers for curbside dropoff and retail stores.
  • Wyoming (never issued a stay-at-home order, but closed businesses; allowed businesses to reopen May 1) — Open amenities include gyms, state parks, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage therapy, etc., restaurant dining, movie theaters and entertainment venues.

All states except Montana and Wyoming had closed schools for extended periods of time before the summer break, with many shut down until the end of the academic school year or until further notice. Most schools and colleges conducted online learning. Most districts have now dismissed students for the summer break. Commencements have been delayed or postponed for most high schools, colleges and universities. Many institutions are making arrangements for graduates to walk with future graduating classes. Decisions about fall classes will be made at a later time as more information becomes available.

A total of 11 states and one territory have imposed self-quarantines upon individuals entering from specific “hot” infection zones in an attempt to keep citizens of their states safer. These states include Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont. Most of those states are requiring entrants to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, although Utah is requesting entrants to fill out and file forms with the health department.

CDC Guideline Updates

No significant new public guidance was issued this last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States are continuing to follow the comprehensive guidance issued for reopening and for contact tracing. Although guidelines on social distancing are no longer being maintained by the CDC, many states are continuing to follow past guidance. Other guidelines are in effect, including the hand hygiene guidelines. It is still advisable to:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people.
  • Avoid groups and mass gatherings, as well as crowded spaces.
  • Use a cloth face covering to cover your mouth and nose when you’re in public places, such as the grocery store.
  • Work from home, if you’re able.
  • Avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis, if possible. If you must use these modes of transport, be sure to wear a cloth face cover.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. When hand-washing isn’t an option, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (but the higher the percent, the better).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Spots to watch out for include doorknobs, light switches, toilets and other objects in shared spaces.

Financial Assistance Updates

Another 1.55 million people filed for unemployment claims last week, joining more than 41 million already unemployed in the US — suggesting a current unemployment rate of over 22.5% and an estimated total of nearly 43 million job losses. The 1.55 million figure marks the second week in a row that claims have dropped below 2 million but is still twice the worst 7-day figure of the Great Recession that took place from December of 2007 through June of 2009. Additional claims may continue to be filed.

While funding had been set aside by the federal government to assist state governments in meeting unemployment insurance payments, many state systems were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of claims and some are still struggling to catch up. Nine states are seeking $36 billion in federal advances from the Department of Labor to cover the astronomical unemployment claims. Illinois ($11B), California ($8B), Texas ($6.4B) and New York ($4.4B) top the list, but Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Ohio and West Virginia have also signaled an intent to borrow to cover their claims between May and July.

Government and private businesses are striving to meet the unprecedented economic needs in several ways:

  • Unemployment benefits are available; the waiting period has been waived.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a foreclosure and eviction moratorium in place. Most states have also placed a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
  • An economic relief bill made paid sick leave and paid time off available to most employees impacted by the virus. Most states have also implemented additional emergency leave and benefits for first responders who may fall ill.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has pledged up to $2 million in low-interest loans. That funding has been completely used up, and Congress passed a $484 billion interim bill funding on Thursday, April 23, and the President signed it on Friday, April 24. The bill allocates $310 billion to replenish the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. The bill also includes additional funds for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
  • The deadline for filing federal taxes has been pushed to July 15. Most states have also delayed their filing deadlines to July 15 without penalty.
  • The $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed on March 27 providing economic stimulus incentives to taxpayers, increased and expanded unemployment benefits for laid-off employees and limited payroll assistance for small businesses.
  • A phase 4 stimulus package (CARES2) has been proposed, which would further aid small businesses, as well as individuals, states and hospitals.
  • Although the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act on May 15 for coronavirus relief and stimulus, Senate majority leaders indicated they had no intention of passing the bill in its current form. Some aspects of the act may reappear in new legislation, as yet unwritten. That may not be good news in the face of questionable economic indicators.

Testing Capacity

As of June 10 at 1 pm Eastern time (1700 GMT), the US has officially run more than 22,429,756 tests for COVID-19. It has run approximately 3.63 million of those tests since last week (May 27). Some leading researchers have estimated that a capacity of 3-4 million tests per week is needed for the economy to fully reopen safely. Admiral Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Testing Czar said that they were working to provide the ability to test up to 50 million people per month by September. That number may still be a bit low based on recommendations by the Rockefeller Foundation, which calls for testing capability to be ramped to 30 million tests per week by October.

What to Do if You Get Sick

Call your healthcare provider or reach out to a telehealth provider if you believe you have COVID-19. Do not go to a medical facility without calling ahead. It may be possible to treat symptoms of the virus at home with over-the-counter medications. When you speak to your doctor or telehealth provider, they will be able to evaluate your symptoms and their severity and will direct you to go to a testing center or hospital, if necessary.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911; tell them if you or anyone else in the home might have COVID-19. If you have questions or aren’t sure what to do, call your local health department. Many states have hotlines set up for this purpose. Some states have 211 service lines that you can call for help and resources.

 

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