US approaches 90,000 COVID-19-releated deaths as states begin to ease restrictions

President Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed the importance of states reopening to strengthen the struggling economy.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2020, 10:19 AM

Updated 1,524 days ago

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Almost every state enters this week with eased COVID-19 restrictions, leaving some health officials with worry that it will lead to a rise in confirmed cases.
"Everyone is watching this to see this grand experiment to result in, but we know for an absolute certainty that as you increase physical interactions between people you are going to increase the number of new cases," says Mayor Steve Adler, of Austin, Texas.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are nearly 90,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield says the U.S. will likely pass 100,000 deaths by June 1.
"We don't have good guidelines in place for people on how to reopen, it's going to be very confusing for people, we're going to see more cases," says Anne Rimoin, Epidemiologist, UCLA.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed the importance of states reopening to strengthen the struggling economy.
"We're committed to delivering a vaccine. We're going to put the full power of the U.S. government and our private sector towards getting to a vaccine, but that's one part of a multifactorial response program," says Secretary Alex Azar, Health and Human Services.
As the United States waits for a vaccine to be available, Americans are moving onward.
"I think the most I'm going to have on the job is four. That's a lot different than we used to have seven or eight. Things might take a little longer, but at least we're going to be safe moving forward," says Joseph Dundon, of Dundon Construction.

The three states with coronavirus cases falling the fastest are New Jersey, Missouri, and Idaho.
The three states with cases rising the fastest are South Dakota, Arkansas, and Maine.
 


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