May 8, 2020
Reopening States: How Ready Are We?
More than half of all states are considering reopening, in part due to the economic impact of prolonged stay-at-home orders. Some infectious disease models show that peak periods of demand for hospital resources are in the past; others predict a sharp rise in daily deaths over the next several weeks. Despite the President’s repeated tweets calling for states’ swift “liberation” from stay-at-home orders, the official White House guidance recommends a cautious, evidence-based approach. States, local governments and employers are all grappling with how to resume some business functions while still protecting public health. [Included are] states’ approaches to reopening, how they determine their readiness and public health experts’ continued concern.
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