States Update: New Cases Going Down in Almost Half of the U.S., N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Expands Reopening to Five Regions, Restaurants and Bars Reopen in Wisconsin After Court Ruling

May 14, 2020

  • First, the good news: In 24 states, the number of newcoronavirus cases reported each day is generally going down. In 17 states, the numbers are holding steady, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. And in 9 states, the numbers of new cases are still rising. But that doesn't mean it's time to celebrate and take off face masks in public. As states remove more stay-at-home restrictions, it will take weeks to learn the health effects. A poll shows most Americans aren't yet ready to return to their regular routines.
  • Five regions in New York will be allowed to begin a phased reopening of their economies starting Friday, allowing construction work to resume and retailers to reopen with curbside or in-store pickup, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Five regions in upstate and central New York have met the seven measures outlined by health officials to begin a phased reopening of local businesses. 
  • Restaurants and bars in Wisconsin are reopening after the state’s supreme court ruled on Wednesday that Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order was invalid. Evers, a Democrat, will now have to work with the state’s legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, to implement a new statewide plan, the Associated Press reports. President Donald Trump praised the court ruling as a “win.”

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