“You tell me how people act today, I will tell you the infection rate three days from now,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, emphasizing the importance of residents’ actions playing the spread of infections.
But when health officials warn the deadly virus does not yet exist, local leaders across the country are working to enforce rules that have been introduced for shops, bars and restaurants that have reopened.
The US Food and Drug Administration’s commissioner on Sunday urged Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
“As the country begins to open this weekend, I again remind everyone that the corona virus does not yet exist. It is up to each individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all,”
“The reality is that there are too many people coming together,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “No social distance, no mask. And since this Memorial Day weekend is over, they will be at some job or near someone else.”
So far, infections in the country are at most 1,643,000 and deaths are nearing 100,000.
Nail of fall in Washington, DC
As Americans try to return to normal lifestyles and the country continues to lift coronavirus restrictions, experts say many parts of the country are still not heading in the right direction.
North Carolina recorded its highest one-off increase in new cases this weekend and parts of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and other states still see a large number of infections, Dr. Deborah Birx, Coordinator for the White House coronavirus.
In Washington, DC, health officials are reporting a peak of new cases – an increase that may be a setback to the criteria that officials use to determine when the city will begin its first phase of reopening.
Until the weekend, Washington recorded 11 days of diminishing coronavirus social spread. The city said 14 days of decline were needed before moving to reopen. Sunday would have been the 13th day of the fall – but instead there was a small peak over the past two days.
But since the nail was small, health officials say they will consider returning to the 11th day of the fall rather than start counting from the beginning.
“We don’t have to go to day zero,” said the director of the DC Department of Health, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, in a news conference call.
There are two other factors that officials will consider before opening again: a degree of positivity of less than 20% and a hospital capacity of less than 80%.
As of Sunday, the city’s positivity is 19% and hospital capacity 74%.
A 17-year-old dies in Georgia
In Georgia, one of the first states to open again, officials on Sunday reported the state’s youngest coronavirus death.
The victim was a 17-year-old boy, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The boy had an underlying medical condition. The department gave no further details.
The boy’s death is a bleak reminder that although officials have warned that older populations are at higher risk of complications related to an infection, younger people are also victims of the virus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that although many adolescents who received coronavirus did not have serious problems, health experts are investigating a virus-related complication in children across the country, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.
Symptoms can usually include stomach pain and vomiting, along with fever and perhaps a rash, experts say.
The White House launches travel restrictions
“I have determined that it is in the United States’ interest to take measures to restrict and close entry to the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of all foreigners who were physically present in the Federative Republic of Brazil for the 14-day period prior to their entry. or attempts to enter the United States, “reads the president’s proclamation.
Brazil is now second to the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases and records more than 363,200 infections, according to Johns Hopkins.
Over the weekend, the country registered more than 15,000 new infections in just 24 hours.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Nicky Robertson, Claudia Dominguez and Maija Ehlinger contributed to this report.