These States Just Issued Stay-at-Home Alerts
Over the last few weeks, cases of COVID-19 have continued to increase across the country, impacting some parts of the country worse than others. As a result, a handful of states are being forced to implement stay-at-home orders, curfews, and fines to keep people from spreading the virus to others. Here are the states most infected, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
This week, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak begged residents to follow a voluntary plan he has dubbed "Stay at Home 2.0" for at least the next two weeks, in hopes of a significant reversal of the current trends" in the state. "We have to go back to the basics, which by now are pretty common knowledge," he said. "Wearing masks, maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet and limiting the risk of exposure are the only ways we can keep going."
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an advisory Tuesday, Nov. 11 recommending residents to "stay home to save lives," and even encouraged businesses to allow employees to work remotely, due to the state's recent surge. "It's not safe to go out, it's not safe to have others over," he said. "Please, cancel the happy hours, dinner parties, sleepovers, and playdates at your home. And if a friend or family member invites you over, offer to hang out virtually instead."
Last week Massachusetts issued a stay-at-home advisory, asking people to stay home between 10pm and 5 am. "COVID-19 case numbers in our state are rising and the Commonwealth's COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2 months. Social gatherings are contributing to these increases," the state explained in a press release. "Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system. Intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity. It's more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of the virus."
On Sunday, a stay-at-home advisory went into effect in Rhode Island. Residents are expected to stay home from 10 pm-5 am on weekdays and from 10:30 pm-5 am on weekends. Additionally, restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities, and personal services "must end service" at this time, although restaurants may stay open for takeout. They also tightened up restrictions involving social gatherings, and asked businesses to cancel any "non-essential work-related travel."
Other States May Soon Follow
Governors in Illinois and Michigan have revealed that they are considering re-implementing stay-at-home orders. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said this week she is considering the "next steps" her administration will take after a week-long surge in infections and is "having ongoing regular conversations" with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials. Gov. J.B. Pritzker also mentioned the possibility this week. "We are looking at, really, all the possibilities: the possibility that we would have to go back a phase, the possibility that we would have to, ultimately, have a stay-at-home order," he said at his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday. "Those are not things I'd prefer to do."
How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
No matter where you live, the best thing to do is obviously to prevent becoming infected with the virus in the first place. "The best strategies for preventing COVID-19 infection in youth and adults are to wear a mask in public places, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, frequently wash your hands, and avoid crowds and confined or poorly ventilated spaces," the CDC says. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.