As several states start to see a surge in COVID-19 cases since reopening, Ohio has not.
Ohio has gradually lifted its stay-at-home order over the past six weeks. The result: a plateau in newly reported cases and a decline in hospitalizations, both reported and estimates of people currently hospitalized. The trend in New York is also looking good right now.
Florida, meanwhile, has had a noteworthy increase. Critics are saying Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting the outbreak get out of control but he is attributing the rise to more testing among low-risk individuals. He says he won’t roll back reopening efforts.
CNN takes it a step further. They talked to an expert who said the state has the makings of becoming the “next large epicenter.”
Not just Florida: Florida is one of 22 states seeing a rise in cases right now.
Your questions, answered: Amid concerns about coronavirus spikes caused by reopenings or mass protests, USA TODAY spoke with Dr. Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, about the state of the pandemic.
By the numbers: The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon. Confirmed cases in the United States are more than 2.1 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. America’s death toll is nearing 118,000. Globally, there are more than 8.4 million confirmed cases and almost 450,000 people have died.
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What’s in the news
😷 Masks on a plane: The FAA won’t require the wearing of masks on commercial aircraft. It will still be up to individual airlines. – USA TODAY
Arizona sheriff tests positive: He was supposed to meet with Trump, so he got tested. He also was opposed to those stay-at-home orders. – Arizona Republic
Female scientists: They are losing out. It matters not only for equality but for how the disease is researched. – CNN
Kudos from space: The next rover on Mars will have an aluminum plate as a tribute to healthcare workers who have been fighting the pandemic. – Space.com
Parenting: How to talk with your child about real-world fears. – Reviewed.com
What we’re reading
FYI: Employers cannot require COVID-19 antibody testing for employees returning to work, the EEOC says, but they can require other things of you. Read more from USA TODAY’s Jessica Guynn.
‘Smoke and mirrors’: Coronavirus infections at meatpacking plants have risen from under 5,000 cases at the end of April to more than 24,000. President Donald Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe, a USA TODAY investigation finds.
Can HIV research help find an answer? Researchers are diving deep into human genetics, hoping to find clues that might explain why many people brush off COVID-19 without even knowing they have it, while others are hospitalized or even die from the disease. Read more.
Can dogs ‘sniff out’ coronavirus? Unclear, but USA TODAY’s fact check team finds a claim that researchers are looking at dogs as a possible candidate to detect the disease is indeed true.
Please call for help if you need it. Thousands of anxious, stressed, isolated and uncertain callers are flooding helplines nationwide. They are teenagers and senior citizens. They have lost jobs, homes and relatives. Some express suicidal thoughts or fears that their positive COVID-19 test is a death sentence. Others reach out in the throes of a panic attack. Read more.
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Contributing: Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati Enquirer; John Kennedy and Zac Anderson, Palm Beach Post
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus news, updates: Florida up, Ohio plateaus; masks on planes