A document prepared for the White House task force against coronavirus shows that 18 US states are in the so-called “red zone” of COVID-19 cases. The report recommends that the authorities of those states stop the reopening process and encourage the use of masks in public.
The document was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, the “Center for Public Integrity”, in free translation, a non-profit investigative journalism organization.
According to the organization, the document dates from July 14. In it, there are data on cases and deaths separated by states in the country, as well as recommendations for those who are in the “red zone” of cases, that is, who registered more than 100 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last week.
The states in the red zone are concentrated in the south and west of the country. In some of these places, such as Alabama, California and Texas, wearing masks in public is mandatory, but in others, there is still resistance. In Georgia, for example, which is one of the states in the red zone, the governor, Brian Kemp, has gone to court against Atlanta City Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom because she mandated masks in the city.
It is not just the number of cases that are rising; unfortunately, the number of deaths from COVID-19 also goes up in the United States. Some counties in Texas even asked for refrigerated trucks to be in front of hospitals, because of the situation in the morgues.
In the midst of all this, there is also a debate about back to school in the country. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that schools in most of the state would only have virtual classes until the situation improves in the region.
The announcement from the most populous state in the United States contradicts the will of President Donald Trump, who has been pushing for the resumption of classroom classes across the country.
In New York, the situation is more stable: every day, the percentage of positive tests for COVID-19 is around 1%. For this reason, New York City is due to start phase 4 of the reopening on Monday, with open spaces like zoos and botanical gardens returning to work, but with reduced capacity. Restaurants and bars continue to be served only outside. And gyms, shopping malls, cinemas and museums won’t be able to open yet.