It will be a summer unlike any other.
Just in time for the holiday weekend, all 50 states are “open” in some form.
While President Donald Trump has made it clear he wants to get back to normal (even if that means wearing a mask sometimes), the summer will likely not involve any Trump-mandated national shutdown because of a coronavirus resurgence – no matter how bad things get.
“Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going to put it out. But we’re not closing our country,” Trump said on Thursday.
There’ve been varying degrees of success in the states reopening so far. In Alabama, coronavirus cases reportedly have more than doubled since May 4 in the four counties that make up metropolitan Montgomery. The city is now facing a bed shortage in intensive care units. A new study predicts more Southern states could be hit by a spike in coronavirus cases.
Meanwhile, the death toll continues to climb nationwide.
There have also been underlying issues with testing data.
Texas, Virginia and Vermont have all said they’ve been adding together two numbers to their testing totals: viral test results and antibody test results. Combining the two tests’ results into one total could provide an inaccurate picture of where and when the virus spread. It could also overstate a state’s ability to test and track active infections – a key consideration as states ease coronavirus restrictions. All three states have said they recognized the data issue and moved to fix it in the past few days.
Also, Georgia and Florida have faced questions about the transparency of their coronavirus data reporting.
The Point: The patchwork response to the coronavirus has borne out as expected: a patchwork of results. Welcome to the coronavirus summer.