- by New Deal democrat
Here is the update through yesterday (April 16). As usual, significant new items are in italics.
Seven Midwestern States just announced a new consortium for plans to gradually ease restrictions based on a “test, trace, and isolate” regimen. Massachusetts is hiring 1,000 tracers. Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, Trumpist governors in two States that never shut down announced that they want to “open up,” even though one of them just had its worst day yet. Meanwhile, tests of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew added to the evidence that the true number of coronavirus infections is probably closer to the high end, perhaps 5x, of tested numbers.
In Washington, Trump announced a “three phase” plan to gradually open up the economy, which is said to be less stringent than CDC guidelines:
States must first meet a "gating" criterion that includes a "downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period" or a "downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)," as well as hospital preparedness.
Under the first phase of the three-phase plan, restaurants, movie theaters and large sporting venues would be appropriate to reopen under certain conditions, while schools, day care centers and bars would noto reopen.
The guidelines do not suggest any reopening dates.
Here are yesterday’s numbers.
Here’s how we stand (meaningful new developments in italics):