Despite social distancing efforts, some areas are still facing an increase in coronavirus cases and have been labeled as potential “hot spots.” During Friday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx outlined the top three areas officials are concerned about.
Columbia University has suggested nearly 36,000 coronavirus deaths could have been prevented if lockdowns were enforced one week earlier. According to their recent study, social distancing and stay-at-home orders greatly helped reduce the spread and fatalities of COVID-19.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced her state will soon begin to ease some coronavirus restrictions. On Thursday, she stated she’s signed a number of executive orders that will “phase in additional sectors of the economy.”
An Oregon beauty salon owner is facing a $14,000 fine for reopening her business. Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, reportedly received the fee for defying lockdown orders, which have forced non-essential businesses to remain closed.
A Seattle police officer has warned the government is eroding our constitutional freedoms with the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. One America’s Pearson Sharp has more on the officer, who is now facing termination for speaking out.
Experts are raising the alarm over “caution fatigue,” the loss of motivation to maintain safety guidelines related to COVID-19, as stay-at-home orders drag on. As many parts of the U.S. remain on lockdown, psychologists have said some people are starting to feel burnt out.
A federal court has granted a temporary restraining order in Kentucky, which will allow in-person church services to resume in the state. The Friday ruling prevented Governor Andy Beshear’s administration from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings, including in-person church services that follow CDC guidelines.
Vice President Mike Pence met with a group of faith leaders in Iowa this week to discuss the importance of religious institutions amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, he thanked religious leaders in Des Moines and said they have made an incalculable difference on the nation during these challenging times.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has said he would be “shocked” if the state’s beaches aren’t reopened by Memorial Day. On Friday, he noted state parks and golf courses were reopened last weekend, adding non-essential services are also under consideration.