5 States Locking Down Over COVID
As states like Oklahoma, Illinois, New Mexico and Michigan report record high coronavirus cases—and with hospitals in some states overflowing—many local authorities across the country are considering limiting activities in order to limit COVID-19 spread. While cities in Europe have already controversially implemented curfews—in France and Germany, to name a few—here are the counties in states in the USA that are scaling back reopenings. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
El Paso, Texas
"With new coronavirus cases on the rise, residents of El Paso, Texas, nestled on the U.S-Mexico border, are encouraged to stay home for two weeks as a judge imposes a mandatory curfew," reports NPR. "Noting that area hospitals are overrun and the positivity rate of residents has ballooned since the beginning of the month, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said he was 'left with no choice' but to impose a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m." "Our hospitals are now at a point where they are overwhelmed and exhausted, and I am left with no choice but to take this next step in hopes of seeing some stability in our community and most importantly to save lives," Samaniego said in a statement.
Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey's largest city is shutting down in the evenings. "The City of Newark has reinstated a curfew for non-essential businesses in an effort to prevent further spread of a second wave of the coronavirus. Beginning Oct. 27, all stores except supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations must close at 8 p.m., announced Mayor Ras Baraka Monday," reports Fox 5. "A day earlier, the largest city in the state had recorded 101 new cases bringing the total to 10,087, more than any other municipality in Essex County combined."
More Than a Dozen Counties in Massachusetts
"More than a dozen communities in Massachusetts are reverting back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan after being designated as high-risk communities for three weeks now.
Some of these businesses just opened a few weeks ago under the state's guidelines and now, today, will have to close yet again," reports NBC Boston. "The state releases its weekly reports based on 14 days of information. There are 13 cities and towns that fall under that category including Chelmsford, Holyoke, Malden, Kingston, Randolph and Woburn."
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has rolled back the Upper Peninsula to Phase 4 after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases there," reports Fox 2. "The governor's office sent out a news release Friday afternoon saying Gov. Whitmer had signed an executive order that moves the region from Phase 5 back to Phase 4. The executive order goes into effect Friday, Oct. 9. People who can perform their work remotely will be required to do so; Social gatherings and organized events will be subject to the new Phase 4 limits in Executive Order 2020-183: indoor residential – 10 people or less; indoor non-residential may allow more, depending on the size of the facility and subject to formulas in the order."
Will Country, Illinois
"Just about five weeks after Will County restaurants and bars were able to resume serving customers indoors, the county is rolling back to phase three restrictions as of Friday due to rising COVID-19 activity, state health officials and Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday," reports the Chicago Tribune. "That means establishments will have to restrict customers to either pickup or dining outside, which is becoming a challenge as cooler fall weather begins to set in." "It's deeply concerning," Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said after the restrictions were announced. "It's frustrating to many of our restaurants and it is going to be very difficult for our restaurant operators."
How to Not Get—or Spread—COVID in Your State
Play your part: wash your hands, wear your face mask, avoid crowds, stay outdoors more than indoors when with others you're not sheltering with, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.