Health officials across the nation have warned Americans about a second wave of coronavirus cases.
Now, as stay-home orders relax and reopening plans advance to later phases, some states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections.
At least 19 states are currently experiencing a trend of new increasing cases, according to a CNN report.
One of these states, Arizona, is bracing for impact, with officials urging hospitals to activate emergency plans. Dr. Cara Christ, the state's Director of Health Services, has asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to guarantee bed capacity.
While 24 U.S. states are trending downward in their COVID rates, seven states remain steady. Additionally, since Memorial Day, hospitalizations for the virus have increased in at least 12 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. surpassed 2 million cases of the virus, with more than 112,000 deaths, reports NPR.
While many states have loosened stay-home restrictions, health officials worry that high rates may return amid a lack of vaccine and more people congregating in public, including for ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.
This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci called the COVID-19 pandemic his “worst nightmare,” while warning that the crisis “isn’t over yet.” Speaking to biotech executives at a Biotechnology Innovation Organization conference, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was “almost certain” at least one of the COVID-19 vaccines being developed would be a success.
With no one-size-fits-all federal recommendation, all 50 states are taking the lead on their own local orders. Find out what phase your state is in the reopening process below.
Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home Order that is in effect from 5 p.m. on May 22 to 5 p.m. on July 3.
The latest Safer at Home order allows additional activities and business to open in line with social distancing and sanitation rules, including athletic activities, educational institutions, child care facilities, summer camps and entertainment venues such as arcades, theaters and bowling alleys.
As of May 22, Alaska is in Phase 3 of reopening.
The state is "open for business" according to an announcement, with all businesses, houses of worship, libraries, museums, and recreational and sports activities open.
Certain restrictions still apply, including restricted access for senior centers, prisons, and institutions. Any proposed large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts need to consult first with public health before scheduling.
Arizona's Stay at Home Order expired on May 15 and has been replaced by new state guidance on safely reopening. According to the governor's office, "Arizona’s new Executive Order, which takes effect on Saturday, May 16, builds on Arizona’s comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, including: ramping up testing availability and frequency; implementing tracking of key health metrics such as reported symptomatic cases and emergency room usage; standing up surge hospital capacity to be used as needed; expanding statewide contact tracing; bolstering supply chains for personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers and emergency responders; implementing enhanced safety protocols to protect those living and working in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes; and providing public health guidance for businesses and individuals to ensure continued physical distancing."
Arizona's Stay at Home Order expired on May 15, replaced by new state guidance.
According to the governor's site: "Arizona’s new Executive Order, which takes effect on Saturday, May 16, builds on Arizona’s comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, including: ramping up testing availability and frequency; implementing tracking of key health metrics such as reported symptomatic cases and emergency room usage; standing up surge hospital capacity to be used as needed; expanding statewide contact tracing; bolstering supply chains for personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers and emergency responders; implementing enhanced safety protocols to protect those living and working in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes; and providing public health guidance for businesses and individuals to ensure continued physical distancing."
The state of California issued a stay-at-home order on March 19.
As of June 4, the state has been in Phase 2, "where retail, related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely."
According to the state website, Colorado is in Level 3: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors.
The site explains: "While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our vast outdoors than in confined indoor spaces. Much of Colorado is now open with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk for severe illness."
Connecticut remains in Phase 1 of its reopening plan.
Phase 2 is set to begin on June 17, under which the following can reopen: amusement parks, hotels/lodging, restaurants (current table limit is 25), museums, zoos, aquariums, recreation (e.g., bowling, movie theaters, etc.), libraries, outdoor events, personal services (e.g., nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc.), sports and fitness facilities (e.g., gyms, fitness centers, pools, etc.).
Delaware enters Phase 2 on June 15, "in which restaurants, retailers and some other businesses will be permitted to increase capacity to 60 percent of state fire occupancy," according to a tweet by the state. Full guidance can be found here.
District of Columbia
DC launched Phase 1 on May 29. While some establishments and public spaces have reopened, gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.
On June 5, Florida entered Phase 2, which eases restrictions on gyms, bars and movie theaters, among other businesses.
Phase 1 of Georgia's reopening plan lifted some restrictions, but social distancing, sanitation and public health safety measures remain in effect until June 12, reports ABC.
Hawaiian Gov. Ige's stay-at-home order expired May 31. According to a statement from the state's site, Hawaii "will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable. The re-opening of high-risk businesses and operations will eventually follow, as long as Hawai‘i’s disease activity continues to remain manageable."
Idaho is in Stage 3 of reopening, under which businesses opening their doors in various stages of the Idaho Rebound plan should have operational plans in place to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. These include encouraging telework. Gatherings of 10-50 people can occur.
As of June 3, the entire state of Illinois, including Chicago, is in Phase 3. According to the state plan, "Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are permitted. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm."
On June 12, Gov. Eric Holcomb will move Indiana into Stage 4 of the state's 5-part plan to reopen, reports IndyStar. Stage 4 will continue to relax certain restrictions, including the ability to resume work at office buildings and bars reopening at 50% capacity. But Holcomb has emphasized that residents should continue to wear masks and follow social distancing rules.
Iowa never put a stay-at-home order in place. But a proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds has been extended until June 25, permitting bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs to reopen with the same public health measures as restaurants in place on May 28. On June 1, additional establishments, including outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds are permitted to reopen. The proclamation also permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending.
On June 8, Gov. Laura Kelly recommended that most local communities consider moving into Phase 3 of Kansas' reopening plan, reports KNSS. Phase 3 makes the following recommendations to county officials:
—Mass gatherings of more than 45 individuals are not recommended;
—All education, activities, venues and establishments may operate and are recommended to follow all public health guidelines;
—On-site staffing has no recommended restrictions;
—Nonessential travel may resume, provided travelers follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas;
—As always, Kansans should continue to adhere to hygiene and social distancing protocols
Gov. Andy Beshear announced that restaurants and retailers can reopen at 50% capacity one month after their original date of reopening their doors, reports WDRB. Kentucky restaurants were allowed to reopen at 33% indoor capacity on May 22 as part of the second phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions
Louisiana began Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 5. Per the governor's office: "In Phase 2, churches, places of worship and many more businesses will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity with social distancing, masks for public-facing employees and increased sanitation. In addition, the state strongly recommends that businesses consider offering temperature checks before a person can enter and posting the symptoms of COVID-19 outside with a request that symptomatic individuals not enter."
Maine entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 1, according to News Center Maine. Group gatherings can consist of up to 50 people (with physical distancing regulations still in place). Lodging facilities may open statewide. Retail may open with different occupancy maximums according to store size. Many parks and beaches have begun to open up as well. Restaurants can open for outdoor or indoor dining, depending on county.
On June 10, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state can proceed with more Stage Two reopening plans. This includes opening restaurants for indoor dining and opening gyms, casinos and malls next week.
On June 8, the following businesses were eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase II, with contingencies:
—Retail, with occupancy limits;
—Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance;
—Restaurants, outdoor table service only;
—Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings;
—Warehouses and distribution centers;
—Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring;
—Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements;
—Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance;
—Outdoor recreation facilities;
—Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions;
—Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10;
—Driving and flight schools Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours;
—Funeral homes, with occupancy limits
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has moved Michigan to Stage 4 of its reopening plan, reports WWJ.
Restaurants and bars can resume dine-in service on June 8 — with limited seating and other COVID-19 safety measures in place. Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to operate at half capacity, with groups sitting at least 6 feet apart, and servers will be required to wear masks, under the governor's latest executive order.
Libraries and museums will be allowed to reopen on June 8, and the governor is easing limits on gatherings. Groups of up to 100 people can gather outside as long as they practice social distancing under a new executive order signed Monday, and drive-in movie theaters will be allowed to reopen.
Shopping will also open up a bit more, with retailers allowed to reopen with limited store capacities, without an appointment, this Thursday, June 4.
Day camps for children and public pools can also open June 8, under the governor's order.
Minnesota entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan on June 10.
Social settings: Gatherings of 25 or less outdoors, gatherings of 10 or less indoors. Drive-in gatherings per MDH guidelines.
Businesses can open, but must telework if possible.
Retails and restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity.
Gyms, indoor events and entertainment can reopen at 25% capacity.