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Beaches And Parks Provide Too Much Temptation For Californians, Gov. Newsom Says

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After pictures emerged of crowded beaches last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says they’ll be closed the coming days. States are struggling with what to do with outside, public spaces that are getting too crowded as quarantine fatigue deepens. Meanwhile, news outlets look at where states stand on reopening.

Connecticut’s Test To Relocate Sick Nursing Home Patients Puts Rural Town, Health Care Workers On Edge

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More than 50 older patients recovering from the coronavirus are being moved out of hospitals located near New York City into Sharon Health Care Center, which is located in a rural area and has a low number of cases compared to other areas in the state. Other nursing home news is from Rhode Island, New York, Utah, Washington, Massachusetts, California and Michigan, as well.

Inadequate Testing In Nursing Homes Allows Rapid Spread Of Deadly Outbreaks, Advocates Say

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As more than 11,000 of the nation’s deaths have been in nursing homes, advocates call for universal testing for all staff and vulnerable patients, citing the federal government’s and states’ failures to not make it the top priority. News on nursing homes is from Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Louisiana, California and Georgia, as well.

U.S. Deaths Increased Tenfold This Month. What’s In Store For May?

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Five top epidemiological models vary in severity of what the country can expect in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, after two California deaths in early February are confirmed to have been caused by COVID-19, scientists and leaders adjust to the new evidence that the virus has likely been in the U.S. for longer than they had thought. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ordered state medical examiners and coroners to review autopsies dating back to December.

‘Nobody Knows The Truth’: Without Widespread Testing, Scientists Flying Blind On Infection And Mortality Rates

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Early experiments with antibody testing in California reveal that the number of cases are far, far greater than the official count. But that doesn’t mean those numbers will play out across the country. Scientists are starting to think about testing incentives–like cash rewards–as they try to figure out ways to get the best samples possible.

In Los Angeles, Antibody Testing Suggests Coronavirus Cases Could Be 40 Times Higher Than Official Count

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“We haven’t known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms and the availability of tests has been limited,” Neeraj Sood, a professor of public policy at USC and lead researcher on the study. The numbers back up what public health experts have been saying about the confirmed cases being only the tip of the iceberg.

Georgia To Allow Some Business To Reopen Against Public Health Advice Even As Death Toll Climbs In State

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) put the state on an aggressive course toward reopening, saying that he was prioritizing his residents’ need to put food on the table for their kids. But health experts have been vocal about the dangers of lifting stay-at-home orders too quickly as states that do so will likely be overwhelmed with a second surge of cases. Tennessee and South Carolina announced similar steps to relax social distancing guidelines following Kemp’s announcement.

Trump Releases 3-Phase Plan To Reopen Country, But Admits Governors Are At The Wheel

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“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” President Donald Trump said. The plan leans heavily on the idea that some states that have not been as hard-hit can reopen quicker than hot spots. Trump also walked back prior claims that he has “total” authority on lifting shut-down measures. “You’re going to call your own shots,” he told governors on a call to discuss the guidelines.