Dr Caitlyn Rivers of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security claims that none of the states are ready to re-open as they do not meet the four criteria deemed necessary for phased re-opening.
These four criteria are:
- declining number of new cases for at least 14 days;
- capacity to rapid test all people who are presenting with Covid-19 symptoms, and then their contacts, plus essential workers;
- Healthcare system capacity to care for all patients, and this must include the ability to provide PPE for all healthcare workers;
- Capacity to conduct contact tracing or all new cases plus their close contacts.
In her opening statement, Dr Rivers stated:
“It is clear to me that we are in a critical moment in this fight. We risk complacency in accepting the preventable deaths of 2,000 Americans each day. We risk complacency in accepting that our healthcare workers do not have what they need to do their jobs safely. And we risk complacency in recognizing that without continued vigilance in slowing transmission, we will again create the conditions that led to us being the worst-affected country in the world.”
Despite increases in new cases, some states are choosing to end lock-downs. Georgia, for example, has developed a coronavirus hotspot in Gainesville, where several poultry plants are located.
As of today, there are over 1.25 million Americans who have tested positive for Covid-19 and over 75,000 related deaths.