A new week in the coronavirus pandemic is beginning with a United States case count approaching 1 million and several cities and states preparing to loosen stay-at-home restrictions.
There have been 54,883 coronavirus deaths reported nationally and more than 965,000 cases of the virus in the US.
As the numbers continue to climb, several state and city officials are expected to announce plans to reopen their economies this week. A University of Washington model frequently cited by the White House coronavirus task force suggests that no state should open their economies before Friday — and many should wait much longer.
In New York, one of the hardest-hit states, rates of hospitalization, intubation, and deaths are down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
He said the state is planning for a phased reopening, starting with construction and manufacturing activities at “those businesses that have a low risk.”
The earliest the state will begin its first phase of reopening is May 15 but only in regions that have seen a 14-day decline in hospitalizations.
How much longer to stay at home
Officials at all levels of government are weighing how to proceed and when to reopen their communities.
While states from Hawaii to Texas and Michigan to Alaska are loosening restrictions on certain businesses and outdoor recreation, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that his state is still weeks away from reopening.