Alarmed by new COVID-19 outbreaks and predictions that hospitals could soon reach capacity, governors and local authorities in many parts of the country are frantically trying to roll back reopening plans that were put in place just weeks ago and issuing new or more-stringent mandates for wearing masks in public.
According to tracking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has seen 40,000 new positive COVID-19 cases on each of the last four days. Only one other previous day, April 6, saw that many. Many individual states have also set record highs for daily cases over the last week, and rising rates of positive results disprove the administration’s attempts to portray the phenomenon as an artifact of administering more tests.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said that starting Wednesday, masks will be required statewide.
“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” said the Democratic governor in a news release. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.”
Kansas is following suit later this week.