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'We Have Flattened That Curve': Some States Move Forward With Reopening Their Economies

But testing remains a key issue in some of those states.

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"For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors [sic] decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect," President Donald Trump tweeted recently, referring to his push to reopen the country's economy after broad COVID-19 shutdowns were put in place. "It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons."

That's false thanks to federalism—which couldn't be more evident in the piecemeal reopening approach currently on display across the U.S. 

As more and more states prepare to relaunch their economies, robust testing will perhaps be the most crucial tool to monitor and curb the spread of the coronavirus. "You can't just take the national number and scale it to states by their population," said Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, to STAT. "You have to base it on the size of the outbreak in a state," explained Jha.

A study conducted by Harvard researchers and STAT did just that, analyzing the caseloads in individual states and comparing their current testing capacities with what's necessary to pinpoint large swaths of those infected with COVID-19. Many states that are set to reopen are doing well on that front. Some, however, are not.

Here's a look at plans to reopen.

Tennessee

The "vast majority" of businesses will be permitted to resume operations on May 1, according to Gov. Bill Lee (R) with enhanced social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants opened for dine-in service today.

"Social distancing must continue, but our economic shutdown cannot," he said in a statement. "While I am not extending the 'Safer at Home' order past the end of April, we are working directly with our major metropolitan areas to ensure they are in a position to reopen as soon and safely as possible. Social distancing works, and as we open up our economy, it will be more important than ever that we keep social distancing as lives and livelihoods depend on it."

The state has a confirmed total of 9,918 COVID-19 cases, with 184 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

Mississippi

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) issued a "safer-at-home" order effective Monday, which allows previously-closed retail stores, strip malls, and shopping centers to reopen if they decrease foot traffic in individual stores by 50 percent and provide hand sanitizer when customers come inside. Gyms, theaters, barbershops, and salons will remain shuttered; bars and restaurants can continue to serve patrons via curbside service.

"I've been in contact with small and large businesses across the state, and what we have found is that the vast majority of businesses are taking extra steps and extra precautions," said Reeves. "We anticipate that when retail stores open that small business owners are going to continue to take without question, they are going to take necessary precautions." The governor is also urging the use of face masks in public spaces, though it's not required.

The state has a confirmed total of 6,094 COVID-19 cases, with 229 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

Georgia

Gyms, bowling alleys, salons, and massage therapists were allowed to reopen for business on April 24, so long as they adhere to social distancing rules and temperature screen employees. Theaters and private clubs are permitted to follow suit starting Monday, along with restaurants if those establishments abide by 39 coronavirus-related dine-in standards.

"By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely, without undermining the progress we all have made in this battle against COVID-19," Kemp said at a press conference last week. "Today's announcement is a small step forward and should be treated as such."

The state has a confirmed total of 24,551 COVID-19 cases, with 1,020 deaths. They are failing to meet adequate testing thresholds.

Alaska

Restaurants and retail stores were given the green light to reopen on April 24, though they must reduce capacity to 25 percent. Hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons are likewise allowed to accept clients again. All businesses must obey a set of rigorous safety standards.

"Alaska's many local businesses and industries are vital to the economic health of the state, and I am pleased that our efforts to protect the health and well-being of Alaskans are showing statistics that allow us to reopen business," said Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) in a statement. "Many Alaskans may be able to return to work and participate in activities they enjoy."

The state has a confirmed total of 345 COVID-19 cases, with 9 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

Montana

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is spreading out the state's reopening over several weeks. Places of worship were allowed to welcome congregants starting yesterday as long as family groups sit 6 feet apart. On Monday, retail locations resumed business with social distancing mandates and worker health screenings put in place. Restaurants and bars can receive customers for dine-in starting May 4 if they implement a social distancing plan, reduce capacity by 50 percent, and close by 11:30 p.m. Gyms will stay closed.

"We have flattened that curve and saved lives," Bullock said in a press briefing last week, though he noted that "the new normal is going to look different."

The state has a confirmed total of 449 COVID-19 cases, with 14 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

Oklahoma

Hair salons, barbershops, spas, and nail salons were the first to restart after Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) gave them the green light to open on April 24. They may operate by appointment only. Gyms, restaurants, theaters, sports venues, and houses of worship may resume operations on May 1; bars will follow on May 15 if hospitalizations are "manageable." All will have to adhere to social-distancing and sanitation guidelines.

"We will do this safely, responsibly, and based on the data in the state," Stitt said in a press conference last week.

The state has a confirmed total of 3,280 COVID-19 cases, with 197 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis (D) issued a "safer-at-home" order that permits non-critical retail businesses to offer shopping via curbside pickup as of Monday. Those same retail businesses—along with barbershops, salons, and pet groomers—may reopen their doors for customers on May 1 with sanitation and social distancing measures in place. Real estate showings and elective surgeries were allowed to resume yesterday.

Restaurants might reopen in mid-May or later, though Polis is waiting it out. "So, people say this. Why salons, not restaurants? We get that people are touching other people in salons. These are one on one services. Restaurants, 30, 40, 50 people depending on how big it is. Bars, even more," Polis said in a press conference last week. "When you have 50-60 people in an enclosed area, it's a very different risk to everybody than one on one services. So this first round is one-on-one services."

The state has a confirmed total of 13,879 COVID-19 cases, with 706 deaths. They are failing to meet adequate testing thresholds.

South Carolina

Many retail stores—such as those that sell flowers, sporting goods, furniture, music, books, flowers, and clothing—as well as flea markets were permitted to reopen on April 20, the earliest date that such regulations were relaxed. Those establishments are required to operate at 20 percent capacity. As of April 21, beaches are also open to the public.

Though Gov. Henry McMaster (R) was one of the first to push for reopening, he remains cautious. "We're not out of this yet," McMaster told reporters on Sunday, prior to issuing another state of emergency today. "We went into this in a smart way with targeted hotspots, so we do not have the burden that some other states have in business closure, but we're still facing a very serious disease and contagion."

The state has a confirmed total of 5,613 COVID-19 cases, with 177 deaths. While the state is close, they are failing to meet adequate testing thresholds.

Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz (D) took a different approach when he announced that he would let employees in agriculture, industrial, and office settings head back to work starting Monday, targeting industries that don't have client-facing interactions. 

"This is a lim­it­ed first step in the proc­ess of safe­ly re­open­ing some busi­nes­ses and re­turn­ing Min­ne­so­tans to work," Walz said in a press conference last week, estimating that 80,000 to 100,000 Minnesotans would be allowed to return to work.

The state has a confirmed total of 3,816 COVID-19 cases, with 286 deaths. They are failing to meet adequate testing thresholds.

Texas

The Lone Star State is the latest to announce plans to reopen. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said yesterday that he will permit restaurants, malls, movie theaters, libraries, and museums to resume operations at 25 percent capacity starting Friday. May 18 will see businesses expand that capacity to 50 percent should the state experience no COVID-19 flare-up.

"Now it's time to set a new course, a course that responsibly opens up business in Texas," Abbott said in a press briefing Monday. "Just as we united as one state to slow COVID-19, we must also come together to begin rebuilding the lives and the livelihoods of our fellow Texans."

The state has a confirmed total of 25,786 COVID-19 cases, with 688 deaths. They are meeting adequate testing thresholds.

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  1. Luckily Michigan learned their lesson, because all those idiots who protested two weeks ago are dead.

    1. And the governor is still guzzling box wine.

  2. “For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors [sic] decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect,” President Donald Trump tweeted recently, referring to his push to reopen the country’s economy after broad COVID-19 shutdowns were put in place. “It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons.”

    More TDS from Reason. Trump never said that, but if he did then he didn’t mean it, and if he meant it it’s the fault of the Democrats and Fake News.

    1. Get over it man.
      You’re just sad at this point

      1. Just trying to be cool like you by dissing Reason and defending Trump.

        1. Go home you’re drunk again.

        2. You don’t even sarcasm good anymore. It’s truly sad what TDS has done to you.

          1. TDS is a two way street.

            1. That’s certainly what you TDS sufferers are trying to wish into existence.

              1. Shush now and go jill off to your sticky, dog-eared copy of The Art of the Deal.

                1. This is definitely a good example of one way of that street.

    2. Still waiting for any Trumpista to rationally explain his tweet. Still waiting.

      1. Still not caring.

      2. You should find a hobby then. Maybe playing in traffic?

  3. OT: I want to talk about the shit weasels at No Kid Hungry. I have been doing a lot of streaming of the Food Network this month as I try to mix up the home cooked meals a bit. They run this commercial constantly on the app talking about how “Los Angeles Unified Schools and No Kid Hungry are teaming up to make sure no kids miss out on meals while their schools are closed.”

    At first I thought this was cool, but then the fact that they didn’t give me any specifics made me curious. And besides, I thought, my kids’ local school district is already offering school lunches. Why was No Kid Hungry needed for LAUSD? This led me down a long path of reading about this “Charity” organization.

    You see, as near as I can tell, No Kid Hungry’s entire mode of operation is to get people signed up to receive free lunch, get schools to offer free breakfast, get kids signed up for that, and then to go lobby federal, state, and local governments to pay for it. They don’t ACTUALLY feed any kids. If you drill into their website, you see that they provide “leadership” and “knowledge” and “resources” to local advocates of publicly funded school meals. Sometimes, it appears that they grant some money to schools to buy needed equipment.

    After that, the commercial became clear. You see, No Kid Hungry isn’t doing ANYTHING to actually feed kids. All they are doing is running advertisements that funnel people to their website where they can see locations of publicly funded school lunches. And you can also donate to them. The advertisement isn’t really about feeding kids, it is about giving their Donation hotline a thinly veiled reason to say that they are “Partnering” with LAUSD to give lunches.

    I have nothing against charity, which is why I give to Feeding America, who gives a significant amount of their money to food banks. But if you are asked by your liberal friends or your business to give to Feeding America, know that you are basically funding a lobby for big government, and its executives who make anywhere from $150,000 – $400,000 per year in this scheme.

    1. “: But if you are asked by your liberal friends or your business to give to Feeding America,”

      Oops, if you are asked to give to No Kid Hungry…

    2. ^What you say when you learn what Non-Profits and NGOs are.

    3. Typical “N”GO

    4. Seems like something interesting to look be looked into by “journalists”. Now, exactly how does Trump benefit from this?

  4. Testing doesn’t remain key at all. Nobody is getting tested. They are just lucy moving the football at this point.

    1. I’m never getting tested for KungFlu. Even if I was sick, I wouldn’t authorize KungFlu testing.

      Based on this tyranny, I trust government even less than I did before and that was very little trust.

  5. Also the secret is the curve was always flat for everyone not in new york.

    1. +1000

      We will never find out why NY was so different compared to the rest of the USA. That will require some admission of failure by a Blue state government.

      1. They made the same mistake Italy did: mixed covid patients with those most at-risk. In Italy that was in the hospitals, in NYC that was at the nursing homes. Italy’s mistake I can understand because they didn’t have the data we have now. NYC’s mistake is unforgivable because we have known for a while that nursing homes are a HUGE percentage of fatalities.

  6. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

  7. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1255142029937405962

    1/ From a physician in Michigan – his testing site is running at less than half its daily capacity (and two other nearby sites have closed). THERE IS NOT EVEN ENOUGN DEMAND FOR CURRENT TESTS BECAUSE SO FEW PEOPLE ARE SYMPTOMATIC.

    2/ If you don’t want to read the emails, this live (~1 hour ago) photo from a Virginia testing site tells the story. THE LACK OF TESTING DEMAND IS THIS WEEK’S VERSION OF THE EMPTY HOSPITALS FROM THREE WEEKS AGO; it tells the key story about where the “epidemic” is headed.

    1. All the Karens and the Soy Manlets have been blatantly showing their disingenuousness lately. If they’re not whinging about the lack of testing, they’re whinging that testing sites are inadequate or aren’t practicing “proper sanitation and social distancing measures.”

      It’s pretty clear their obsession with “safety” has very little to do with safety and everything to do with their fetish for centralized government domination.

      1. It’s pretty clear their obsession with “safety” has very little to do with safety and everything to do with their fetish for centralized government domination.

        Or their abject desire to have people fawning over their existence/well being.

    2. I just went up to the grocery store, and the clinic in the same parking area had a sign saying they have antibody tests. That part of the parking lot was mostly empty.

  8. Should your child still receive vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic?

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is reported that 80 percent of children throughout the country are not seeing their doctors during this global outbreak.

    Along with missing their doctor’s appointments, children are also not receiving their vaccines.

    Data from PPC, a company that develops electronic records for pediatricians, reported that vaccines for whooping cough, HPV, mumps, and measles dropped at least 40 percent during the week of April 5.

    1. Haven’t you heard? Doctors offices aren’t an essential service. Just wait until you’re in an emergent situation, then go to a COVID-infested emergency room.

  9. traffic on the Dallas highways again yesterday … bummer

  10. Meanwhile, round these parts we’re talking about maybe thinking about talking about starting phase 1 of kind of opening up one day.

    1. Yeah, around here mandatory masks for everyone in buildings open to the public starting May 1.

      Looking to see if I can get my mandatory mask printed with an inverted red triangle with a black ‘A’ printed on it.

      1. HAHA. Are you serious?

        I would never wear a mask and just walk right into any business.

        I am loads of fun fucking with scared people who think 6 feet means anything.

        1. Plans within plans, lc, always have backup. I didn’t say it so it may not have been clear, I plan to carry it, wear it as an armband at most. If someone insists I cover my face or they call the cops, I untie the arm band and use it to cover my face.

          1. I’ll wear my hilarious 1970s Nixon mask if it comes to that.

            1. Narrator “it’s not hilarious”

              1. OK, maybe more creepy and unnerving.

        2. Wow, watch out for this internet tough guy over here

          1. The inter webs are a bastion of flabby homebodies masquerading as alphas. What LC failed to say was “If I ever leave Mom’s Basement…”

            1. “The inter webs are a bastion of flabby homebodies masquerading as alphas.”

              This isn’t your confessional.

              1. Question? How do you find time to get so much lady action and keep a cut physique when you are obviously on here 24/7? You must be a real man’s-man.

                1. Come up with better insults first. The basement joke is very old and tired. You need to try harder than that.

        3. I should be asking YOU the question: Ha ha! are YOU serious?

          Here’s hoping that you and I never meet up with each other. It would serve you right if YOU came down with the Covid-19 virus!

      2. You’re so behind the times. We’ve been required to wear masks for the past week and a half.

  11. Disappointed Arizona is not on that list. Several restaurants and Freedom Smoke USA have all shut their doors. Pretty soon we’ll have nothing but franchised drive-throughs.

    1. I knew it! This is all a conspiracy perpetrated by Taco Bell.

      1. They will win the franchise wars. Despite revisionist history to hide the truth, it has been foretold.

      2. Pepsico owns Taco Bell

        1. They sold Taco Bell and KFC years ago.

          They do own a bunch of other stuff like Lay’s, Fritos, Tropicana.

          I think the move was to get out of the restaurant business and focus on beverages and snack type foods. It boils down to keeping the shelves stocked at the grocery and Dairy-mart really.

    2. The governor hasn’t changed the expiration date yet on the order, which is the 30th currently. Waiting on what he says.

      1. I NEED A DAMNED HAIRCUT!

  12. You tyrants can go FUCK YOURSELF!

    You people will never admit that you overreacted to a minor virus that has barely had any addition to the monthly deaths of Americans.

    You people will also never admit you were wrong about Trump.

    It’s more apparent than ever that YOU PEOPLE are the problem.

    1. 57,000 dead Americans is not “barely” an “addition” LC. BUT in a country of 326,000,000 Americans it is a very small percentage of the total population (.06% if my math is correct (not likely)).

      I like the “% of population” approaches to these things, as America is massive, unlike those wimpy European countries. Our biomass makes us more resilient to things like school shootings. Those kill so few people it doesn’t make a blip. We could have one of those every day day and they are still less deadly per annum than coronavirus.

      1. “57,000 dead Americans is not “barely” an “addition” LC. ”

        Yes it is you mewling bitch.

      2. 2.8 million Americans die every year. You’re scared of statistical noise.

        https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

      3. Given that the range of season flu deaths range between 20k and 100k every year, 57k is possibly not only a small addition, but possibly will still be less than what we have seen in normal flu seasons. If a seasonal flu had only 20k deaths and there was a “deadly novel coronavirus” that added 60k, there would be a total combined death from both at 80k – still less than what some flu seasons have brought alone. Guess what we have never done when there were 80k total flu deaths (never mind the additions from other “novel viruses” we weren’t closely tracking)? Shut down the economy and drove ourselves in a depression. Unless you are going to claim that we should have behaved the same way when we had 80k+ deaths in a seasonal flu season, and that in the future we should shut down the economy whenever the flu season starts to kill more than the low amount, you are being inconsistent.

  13. Of course, ‘flattening the curve’ was a bogus goal besides; outside of NYC, there was no lack of beds, the patients were not stacked up like cordwood in the lobby, etc.

    1. And yet covidactnow.org had models for EVERY SINGLE STATE saying that they were going to run out of beds. EVERY STATE.

      1. Sure would be some awesome journalism to investigate how those models did, state by state. Wish there was a place that did reporting like that on the internet.

  14. As for Georgia, businesses have been open for weeks.

    I went out today, nobody is taking temperatures or abiding by any distancing.

    Billy believes the media, me thinks.

    1. It’s a completely different world a few states away. Wear your mask and stay inside, citizen.

    2. My wife and I live in Fernandina Beach Florida, just across the river from Georgia. Yesterday, the first day it was “legal”, we drove up to St. Mary’s Georgia just so we could have lunch IN a restaurant. Damn it was good. Thanks Governor Kemp, and SUCK IT Governor Desantis.

      CB

      1. They need to open the fn Beach.
        Thats all on our city council.
        Drove by main beach the other day, and there was a bunch of people with beach chairs and laying out in the grass next to the mini golf

  15. “Curb the spread…”. Nope. The best thing that can happen is if more younger and healthier people catch the virus. Most of them will have no or mild symptoms.

    Of course, this is called herd immunity. Why would they want to leave a bunch of kindling around to catch fire again?

  16. Over 7,000 of the country’s coronavirus deaths emerged out of nursing homes.

    Of the 4,377 coronavirus deaths in New Jersey, over 1,700 died due to infections in nursing homes. That nearly 40% of coronavirus deaths in one of the hardest hit states took place in nursing homes casts a stark light on the misplaced priorities of blue states battling the pandemic by locking down houses of worship and small businesses, while putting few to no resources into protecting nursing home residents.

    New Jersey’s coronavirus deaths were part of the coronavirus outbreak in 425 nursing homes. At one nursing home, after an anonymous tip, police found 17 bodies being stored in a shed.

    Nearly 7,000 nursing home residents in the state have tested positive for coronavirus.In neighboring New York, nearly 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths emerged from nursing homes. Those 3,060 deaths are only part of the story and represent an extremely incomplete picture. The Health Department had battled against releasing the information, claiming that it was protecting the privacy of residents. Even when the people pleading for the release of the information were their own loved ones.

    …Governor Cuomo’s Department of Health had issued an order that, “no resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19” and also prohibited requiring testing of returning patients. Sending hospitalized patients with coronavirus to the same mismanaged nursing homes was a death sentence for countless seniors in those facilities.

    1. In Connecticut, 40% of coronavirus fatalities emerged from nursing homes.

      In Virginia, the majority of the coronavirus outbreaks have taken place in nursing homes. Like New York, Virginia’s Department of Health is refusing to release the names of the facilities with outbreaks.

      That means loved ones have no way to know if their families are at risk.

      Governor Ralph Northam’s administration is continuing to engage in the cover-up even as a quarter of the population in one facility died of the coronavirus. That outbreak was the deadliest in America.

      In Illinois, Governor Pritzker’s administration had fought against providing the numbers of deaths and the identity of the nursing homes with outbreaks by claiming that it was protecting the privacy of residents, but finally began putting out some numbers about coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.

      1 in 4 coronavirus deaths in Cook County, an area which includes Chicago, took place in nursing homes.

      1. Even though the first coronavirus outbreak in this country took place in a nursing home in Washington, and killed 43 people, the CDC failed to track the spread of the virus to nursing homes nationwide.

        Instead, the CDC has been relying on “informal outreach” to track the spread and has not updated its numbers since March.

        The CDC’s estimate of 400 nursing homes is only about 10% of the national total.

        The Trump administration took an important step by ordering nursing homes to report coronavirus deaths to the CDC, and to the residents and their families. This move puts an end to the state stonewalling that covered up coronavirus cases and their own malfeasance.

      2. Devil’s advocate: by shutting more down it slows the spread so that nursing home workers don’t catch the disease and asymptomatically transmit it to nursing homes.

        I’m not sure given resource limitations the best way to have protected the nursing homes. I assume most were shut to public visitation at the beginning. NY there’s the obvious problem of sending sick people back to their nursing home, how widespread was that?

        1. Why are we protecting nursing homes? They’re there to die bro.

          1. You’re thinking Convalescent homes. Even then the goal is to ease the passing not speed it.

            Same reason they get closed during a bad flu season?

            1. No motherfucker I’m thinking of nursing homes full of old motherfuckers waiting around to die.

            2. And…you didn’t answer my question.

              1. “Same reason they get closed during a bad flu season?”

                And that reason is?

    2. They are going to find out that the policy in many places was to keep the sick nursing home patients at the nursing home and not take them to the hospital to quarantine and treat is what ultimately lead to the majority of the deaths in this country. IE gov health policy

    3. Yea but did Cuomo tell everyone to drink bleach.

    4. misplaced priorities of blue states battling the pandemic by locking down houses of worship and small businesses,

      Blue states like Kentucky and Mississippi? Stop trying to make everything about politics. This is a pretty bipartisan freakout.

      1. Look closer dumbass.

        1. Fuck off, you useless piece of shit.

    5. Ra’s….I’d like to add a few points relative to NJ.

      Our Governor, Phailing Phil Murphy and his team have been phucking up for over a month. Completely and utterly incompetent. It is just sickening to watch.

      – NJ Cannot deliver enough tests to test sites; and,
      – If you get a test, it is a 10-day wait for results; and,
      – The state unemployment site crashes daily, and payments lag by 4-6 weeks.

      This is the case after a month+ of effort to address it. Utterly incompetent. Team D has absolutely phucked up royally. The Governor fashions himself as a Czar, and rules by decree. And there is a compliant Duma who navel gazes. Oh yeah, the NJSC closed all courts, so there is no appealing unconstitutional orders.

      We’ll have north of 7K cases here. The number just keeps going up and up and up. It is ludicrous. Phailing Phil and his incompetent team should be summarily dismissed.

      1. Hey Binion…How about you do some real journalism and look at the governmental incompetence and venality in New Jersey.

        1. New Jersey is hoping to avoid scrutiny by passing the low bar of failing less badly than NY.

  17. If you’re going to force mitigation policies, I prefer the county-by-county model than statewide mandates. Urban areas and their surrounding suburbs should not dictate the actions of rural America. (Evergreen statement.)

    Or, you know, autonomy in personal health decisions works, too.

    1. Karen Cuomo says no. Trevor Noah is in love with her.

  18. Our governor’s argument for uniformity across all counties and cities is that people will flee to rural locations and overwhelm their medical capacity.

    In our state, that was a real problem for a while, but still seems like the real reasoning is that it’s easier for the central state government if everything is uniform.

  19. all metro areas should implement wastewater testing so they at least have a clear picture of what’s happening, confirmed cases clearly tells us little about overall infection rates

  20. What I really want is to get back to the barbershop. They may open soon, and I am sure they will require a mask because the state says so. I will not wear a mask. That is a tool of oppression by the state. I refuse to conform to their nonsense, which is based on scare tactics and bad data.

    1. If you want to put yourself and/or your clients at risk, that’s YOUR prerogative. Just don’t take others with you. The city I reside in has required everybody to wear masks even when they’re just out for a walk, and will be fined $300.00 if they’re caught without one. I wear a mask when i go out in public, anyway, even out for a walk.

  21. Testing is both useless and wasteful…

    1. REally/ ? Why?

  22. The evidence increasingly shows this as nothing but an exercise in control. Of course they are going to tell us the ONLY reason numbers were down from projections was the good citizens staying home and obeying…Obey the lying government.

    the government that said surgical masks can be used in place of N95 masks for healthcare workers, but it is a lie.
    Because what else are they going to say? “Hey if you have no N95 masks you are screwed!”

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