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Sat May 30, 2020, 12:16 PM

Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

Most states still need to reduce coronavirus cases and build up their testing capacity.

By German Lopez
All 50 states are moving to reopen their economies, at least partially, after shutting down businesses and gatherings in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But a Vox analysis suggests that most states havenít made the preparations needed to contain future waves of the pandemic ó putting themselves at risk for a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths should they continue to reopen.

Experts told me states need three things to be ready to reopen. State leaders, from the governor to the legislature to health departments, need to ensure the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer spreading unabated. They need the testing capacity to track and isolate the sick and their contacts. And they need the hospital capacity to handle a potential surge in Covid-19 cases.

More specifically, states should meet at least five basic criteria. They should see a two-week drop in coronavirus cases, indicating that the virus is actually abating. They should have fewer than four daily new cases per 100,000 people per day ó to show that cases arenít just dropping, but also below dangerous levels. They need at least 150 new tests per 100,000 people per day, letting them quickly track and contain outbreaks. They need an overall positive rate for tests below 5 percent ó another critical indicator for testing capacity. And states should have more than 40 percent of their ICU beds free to actually treat an influx of people stricken with Covid-19 should it be necessary.

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Sat May 30, 2020, 03:53 PM

1. kick, because Kentucky with Andy Beshear is doing well

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Sat May 30, 2020, 05:01 PM

2. That's just sad. So frustrating. K&R for visibility.

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Sat May 30, 2020, 05:17 PM

3. Kicking for visibility.

Gov. Cuomo had made it mandatory to wear a mask while in public. He made the right call.


The same day that he made this mandatory, the "Don't Tread On Upstate N.Y." yard signs went up in my neighborhood. I have to do everything in my power not to flip the bird to some my neighbors.

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