The second wave of COVID-19 appears to be bearing down on America this week, or, at least it’s leading edge.
Experts had originally believed that Americans would see peak coronavirus sometime in September, but the latest numbers from around the country are making the case for that potentially divesting return jaunt to be upon us now. Things are turning particularly worrisome in Florida, where cases have skyrocketed…and where the GOP is planning to hold the Republican National Convention in the coming weeks.
Oh, and let’s not forget that several major American sports leagues are planning to blitzkrieg their way through heavily-asterisked “seasons” at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Now, clear across the country, one Governor has seen enough, and is locking his state back down again.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday ordered the shut down of bars and indoor dining statewide and directed churches, gyms, and hair salons to close in 30 counties as the state experiences a rise in Chinese coronavirus cases.
“We’ve made this point on multiple occasions and that is we’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order,” Newsom said in a press conference. “This continues to be a deadly disease.”
The order follows the governor directing such businesses to halt operations in counties on the state’s “monitoring list.” 31 counties are on the monitoring list, totaling approximately 80 percent of its population.
Just how bad has it gotten in the Golden State?
On Sunday, California reported 8,358 additional coronavirus cases and a 28 percent increase in hospitalizations in the past 14 days. The state has a total of 320,000 cases and over 7,000 fatalities.
Could more state lockdowns be on they way? The next few days will be critical in assessing that possibility.