While officials in California and New York have increased efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, states like Florida and Texas are starting to ease back.
On Friday, Los Angeles County extended its stay-at-home order through May 15th. This is slowly destroying the economy. Additionally, people are finding it difficult to pay their bills and feed their families.
Every day we get closer to being on the other side of this crisis thanks to everyone following the #SaferAtHome orders, which has been extended to May 15. Let’s keep working on this together! What we are doing is working to slow the spread of #COVID19 #StayHome #LACountyStrong pic.twitter.com/4K57sCEzhx
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 10, 2020
Referring to recent data, Ferrer stated if the order was lifted any sooner, about 96 percent of residents would become infected by August 1st, as opposed to roughly 30 percent if the order remained.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the infection rate is slowing in his state. For the first time since the outbreak began, hospitals reported a decrease in the number of patients in the ICU this week.
“If the hospitalization rate stays the same, we have up to a 90,000 bed capacity in our system, fully taxed up to the brim,” he stated. “But that’s an overflow capacity that I hope we don’t use if we keep this curve down.”
We believe we have hit the “apex” — and the apex is a plateau.
We are not out of the woods.
We are still seeing new hospitalizations and new infections. But it is stabilizing.
Social distancing is working. We must keep it up.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 11, 2020
On the other hand, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intent to reopen schools, starting as early as next month. The governor pointed out that school-age kids do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults and said he’ll make a decision based on whether or not there are active virus concerns in each district.
“There’s probably not been one aspect of society that’s had a more broad-based effect on than our education system, because we have millions of people involved in it,” stated DeSantis. “We want kids to be in school, I think most parents want that, so we’re going to continue to look, see how this develops and then make a decision there.”