As at least 13 states begin the process of lifting coronavirus restrictions, a new study reveals the spread of the virus has not slowed down — especially in the states planning to reopen.
According to data collected by the Dartmouth Institute in New Hampshire, new cases of COVID-19 continue to surface throughout the country. And a number of the hot spots are in states that have either begun or plan to begin lifting social distancing restrictions and mandated business closures, says the study’s lead author, Dr. Elliott Fisher. “We need to be aware that this epidemic is far from over,” he says. “The number of cases in every region today are higher than they were a week ago. We have no place in the country where there are not cases being reported within a region.”
Topping the list of states in which cases appear to be increasing are Texas and Georgia, the study indicates. The governors of both states have unveiled plans to reopen in the past week. “Governors should be taking careful account of what the status of the outbreak is in their region before they ease restrictions or impose more restrictions,” Fisher says.