Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the US – Latest State Updates – May 26, 2020

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Georgia

As of May 26th

Georgia COVID-19 Status – 5.26.20 1:00 p.m. ET

  • 43,730 confirmed cases as compared to 43,586 at 9:00 a.m. today
  • 7,547 hospitalized patients as compared to 7,511 at 9:00 a.m. today
  • 1,871 deaths as compared to 1,853 at 9:00 a.m. today
  • Over 514,000 tests have been administered.

New Jersey

As of May 25th

The Governor of the State of New Jersey has published an executive order, increasing the capacity limit on outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people, with various conditions. 

New York

As of May 25th

The Governor of the State of New York has published an executive order which modifies an earlier order, and now permits any non-essential gathering of ten or fewer individuals, for any lawful purpose or reason, provided that social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to.

North Carolina

As of May 26th

  • Laboratory confirmed Coronavirus cases: 23,964
  • Coronavirus deaths: 754
  • Currently hospitalized: 627
  • Completed tests: 344,690
  • Number recovered: 14,954
  • NC Counties affected: 100/100
  • Updated COVID-19 Dashboard (NC DHHS)

North Carolina has 23,964 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state reported Monday, representing a day-over-day increase of 742. The number of patients reported hospitalized with COVID-19 reached a new high with 627 people receiving in-patient care. State health officials reported Monday completing 8,034 more coronavirus tests, bringing the total of completed tests to 344,690.  About 7 percent of all tests are positive. DHHS said the most recent day of testing saw 8 percent of tests come back positive.  A total of 14,954 people are presumed to have recovered as of Monday – up from 11,637 on May 18.

Memorial Day Draws Crowds to Beaches, Heats Up Debate About Social Distancing  (WRAL) After North Carolinians being cooped up with stay-at-home orders for months, Phase 2 of reopening lined up closely with Memorial Day weekend–a time when people traditionally travel and congregate at crowded pools and beaches. Photos of crowded beaches and lakes heated up debates on whether or not visiting the beach was safe during this time.

NC DHHS Recommends Testing All Long-Term Care Facilities for COVID-19, But Questions Remain  (NC Health News) Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, announced that North Carolina is heading in the direction of universal testing of North Carolina nursing home residents and staff. State health officials have issued guidance, or at least a recommendation, to follow the direction set out last week by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The practice is up and running in the states of Washington, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina.

Election in a Pandemic: Bipartisan Election Bill Promised as Others Fight Over Ballot Rules  (WRAL) House leaders are close to filing a bill, with bipartisan support, changing state election rules because of the pandemic. The measure has most of what the State Board of Elections asked for two months ago when it rolled out a laundry list of requests. There are key exceptions though: The bill won’t make Election Day a holiday, and it won’t cover postage costs on absentee ballots, both state board requests.

NC Solar Industry Weathering the Pandemic Better Than Most States  (Energy News Network) The solar industry is weathering the pandemic better in North Carolina than in most states, data released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association show. The Tar Heel State will see 19% fewer solar workers than expected in June, according to the nonprofit trade group — hardly rosy projections but better than national predicted losses of 38%. A handful of states like New Jersey and New York will see cuts of more than 60%.

Judge Says NC Schools Need More Money. Sen. Berger Says COVID-19 May Limit That.  (Raleigh News & Observer) The coronavirus pandemic could become the latest obstacle to North Carolina’s efforts to provide every student with their state constitutional right to a sound basic education. In January, Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a court order in the long-running Leandro school funding case ordering state leaders to “work expeditiously and without delay to take all necessary actions” to improve the state’s education system. But Senate leader Phil Berger warned at a news conference this week that the state expects to face a revenue shortfall of billions of dollars caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

NC Lawmakers Are Requiring Remote Learning Plans. Schools Warn There Are Limits. (Charlotte Observer) North Carolina public schools are warning that problems such as spotty broadband access will limit their ability to provide students with quality remote instruction next school year. The State Board of Education approved a new policy Thursday on the remote learning plans that the General Assembly is requiring schools to develop for the 2020-21 school year. But the plans will also include a section, requested by the districts, that will “describe the limitations that exist for implementation of quality remote learning based on each local context.”

Other News 

NCDOT Orders Unpaid Leave for All 9,300 Employees  (WRAL) Thousands of North Carolina Department of Transportation workers are bracing for furloughs as the department works to recover from a rapid loss of revenue. According to NCDOT leaders, less travel on North Carolina roads and stay-at-home orders have translated to a big cut in gas tax collections and fees from car sales, adding up to $300 million in projected revenue losses through June.

“Citizens Are Getting Poisoned”, NC Legislator Says of Chemicals  (Carolina Public Press) N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison and about three dozen co-sponsors have introduced a series of bills intended to demonstrate the range of steps the state could take in regulating a group of chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Harrison acknowledged that none are likely to pass in their current form, but she was disappointed that after years of work, the legislature has been unable to move on further PFAS regulation.

Texas

As of May 23rd

The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive Order terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Executive order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor’s previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida.

Washington

As of May 25th

The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamation 20-49 and executive order 49.1, regarding Garnishments and Accrual of Interest, until 27 March, 2020 or the termination of the state of Emergency, whichever occurs first.

Wisconsin

As of May 26th

Updated numbers released over the Holiday weekend:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Hospital Association released updated numbers over the Holiday weekend:

  • 388 Current Hospital Admissions (121 patients in ICU)
    • The total number of hospital admissions dropped by 28 over the weekend (-28) to 388 on Monday, down from 416 reported on Friday.
    • The total number of ICU patients dropped by 13 over the weekend (-13) to 121 patients on Monday, down from 134 patients reported on Friday.
  • Cumulatively there have been 15,584 positive tests and 193,379 negative tests in Wisconsin:
    • There were 481 positive test results reported on Saturday on 7,107 tests (6.8% positive rate).
    • There were 400 positive test results reported on Sunday on 7,277 tests (5.5% positive rate).
    • There were 307 positive test results reported on Monday on 7,480 tests (4.1% positive rate).
  • Deaths from COVID-19 now total 514 in Wisconsin, +18 over the Holiday weekend:
    • There were 11 deaths reported on Saturday
    • There were 3 deaths reported on Sunday
    • There were 4 deaths reported on Monday
  • 9,207 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are listed as having recovered (59%), 5,862 cases are still considered active (3%) and 514 patients have died (3%). (last updated by DHS on 5/25)

Sources: 

Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update site
DHS COVID-19: County Data; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

Badger Bounce Back Gating Criteria Update (3 of 6 Green)

On Friday, 4 of 6 indicators of the Badger Bounce Back gating criteria were Red.  On Monday, two of those indicators turned Green;

  • Daily number of emergency department visits with suspected COVID-19 related concerns (last 14 days)
  • Percent of people tested for COVID-19 who had positive results, by day (last 14 days)

And one previously Green indicator is now listed as Red;

  • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.

The remaining two Red indicators are;

  • Daily number of emergency department visits with influenza related concerns (last 14 days)
  • Downward trend of COVID-19 cases among health care workers calculated weekly

DHS explanation of the status; https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm

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