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Georgia & Several Southern States Are Oddly Reopening This Week - Before Their Peak - As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

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A few governors in the South have decided to reopen their states amid the Coronavirus pandemic – even new COVID-19 cases are being reported. More inside…

Some of Trump’s homies are looking to reopen their states amid the Coronavirus pandemic despite tons of health experts (and anyone with common sense) saying it’s a bad idea. It's no surprise that southern states have not yet reached their peaks, mainly because of geography, but that doesn't seem to be the logic governors are using.  They want money back in their economy, stat. Even if it causes a large risk of a second Coronavirus wave like other countries who are past their first peaks are now experiencing.

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced he will be re-opening several businesses later this week. And he’s not the only Republican governor to do so.

Kemp (pictured above) will allow gyms, barbershops & hair salons, bowling alleys, body art studios, and several other businesses that include close contact. Making note of increased testing, Kemp said these businesses will be able to resume operation as long as they adhere to the social distancing guidelines and meet other safety standards.

Businesses will have to screen workers for fever and respiratory symptoms, increase sanitation, separate workstations by at least 6 feet, and, "if appropriate," require staff to wear gloves and masks..

Dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, and private social clubs will be allowed to reopen starting Monday. Bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, and live performance venues will remain closed.

"Reports of ER visits for flu-like illnesses are declining, documented COVID-19 cases have flattened and appear to be declining, and we have seen declining ER visits in general," Kemp said.

What he doesn't say, is that in many places, cases that are the most drastic and that require intensive care unit stays, are rising.

Kemp’s decision comes days after Trump and the White House issued guidelines to reopen state economies.

 

 

"As we begin this process, let’s reaffirm our commitment to each other & Georgia’s future," Kemp tweeted. "I am confident that together, we will emerge victorious from this war. With your help & God’s grace, we will build a safer, stronger state for our families & generations to come. #gapol"

Kemp claims he has relied on data and science to make his decisions:

 

 

Former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called Kemp's deicision to reopen Georgia "dangerously incompetent."

 

 

As of yesterday, there are 19,399 confirmed cases of Coronavirus with 775 deaths in Georgia. That’s 86 new deaths. At least 3,489 cases have required hospitalization. This is all according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Elsewhere...

 

 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will reopen beaches and retail stores today. Businesses will have to abide by social distancing guidelines that limit how many people can be inside an establishment at once.

 

 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced he will NOT extend the state's stay-at-home order beyond April 30th. State parks will be allowed to reopen Friday.

 

 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott retail businesses will be allowed to reopen this Friday. He's also reopening state parks and allowing people to resume elective surgeries. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said elective surgery will resume May 4th.

According to the White House's guidelines, states should see a decline in reports of symptoms that might represent undiagnosed COVID-19 for 14 days, and hospitals should have enough capacity to handle cases without operating in crisis mode as well as a “robust testing program” for health care workers.

Apparently, these governors feel their numbers are declining at a rate that they're on track to meet the criteria to begin reopening their states.

By the way, NFL QB Tom Brady got kicked out of a park mid-workout in Tampa Bay recently. It was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

“I always tell people I’m not one to gossip, so you didn’t hear this from me,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said on Monday during a video chat with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Our parks are closed down and so a lot of our park staff, you know, they patrol around just to make sure that people aren’t doing contact sports and things. [One staffer] saw an individual working out in one of our downtown parks, and she went over to tell him that it was closed, and it was Tom Brady.”

Womp!

 

Photos: Andrew van Tilborgh/Shutterstock.com

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