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Florida, Texas see spike in cases in the midst of reopening


The weekend saw the expiration of several states’ stay-at-home orders, and the loosening of further restrictions in places that have already ended some social distancing regulations. But, as was expected, many of the places that have eased social distancing measures are now seeing an increase in virus activity.
Yesterday in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times said Florida recorded 777 cases on the eve of Florida’s announced "Full Phase One, statewide reopening," which will see restaurants, gyms, retail stores, and museums able to open at 50% capacity. Health officials say, however, that there is an overall flattening to Florida’s curve, and case increases are tied to more testing.
Texas has also seen a jump in cases. especially in the panhandle region. Over the weekend the three counties around Amarillo reported 700 new cases. Though Texas started opening up its economy 2 weeks ago, more establishments are set to open this week including gyms, non-essential manufacturers, and office spaces. As in Florida, Governor Greg Abbott said the increased cases were because of increased testing in the region.
Though the first 4 months of coronavirus response in the US was marked by a lack of tests, now state health officials are urging people to use testing resources to more safely open the country.
Hesitating to get tested is likely linked to confusing guidelines about who should get tested. Until mid-March many states only tested symptomatic people who had a travel history related to COVID-19 or a close contact with a confirmed case. Now some states, including Georgia, Oklahoma, and Utah, are encouraging all concerned residents to get tested, regardless of symptoms.

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