More States Roll Back Reopening Efforts As Coronavirus Cases Surge

( California is among states that are rolling back economic reopening efforts as new coronavirus cases surge.

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom closed all bars while also stopping the indoor operation of wineries, restaurants, theaters and other venues. In 30 of the state’s 58 counties, places of worship, fitness centers, personal care services, indoor malls, hair salons and barbershops, and offices that aren’t in critical sectors must close, too.

“We’re seeing an increase in the spread of the virus,” Newsom said. “That’s why it’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon.”

Hospitalizations in California related to COVID-19 have increased 28% over the last two weeks, Newsome said. In total, there have been 329,162 coronavirus cases and 7,040 deaths in the state. There were 8,358 new cases and 23 new deaths reported by the California Department of Public Health on Monday.

In nearby Oregon, Democratic Governor Kate Brown instituted a new ban of private indoor gatherings that have more than 10 people. The state is also now requiring people to wear face masks or coverings while outside. Brown tweeted recently:

“Today I am sounding the alarm: we are at risk of COVID-19 getting out of control in Oregon. Each of us needs to take immediate action to slow the spread of this disease.”

Gyms, restaurants and faith-based events are exempt from Brown’s order for now.

New restrictions were also put on indoor seating at breweries and restaurants in New Mexico, according to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Restaurants were allowed to have patrons inside with limits as of June 1, and breweries as of June 15, but those practices must now end. Both are allowed to have outdoor seating as long as it’s 50% of capacity.

There are at least 27 states that have either rolled back re-openings or put a halt on moving forward as cases surge.

There is particular concern in Florida, where the state continues to report a record-high number of infections with almost each passing day. Hospital beds and ICU units are almost at capacity, and the southern part of the state may be the new epicenter of the pandemic in the country.

“Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic. What we were seeing in Wuhan six months ago, now we’re there,” Lilian Abbo, an infection disease specialist from the University of Miami Health System, said.

As cases skyrocket around the country, there is also new concern that herd immunity is unlikely with COVID-19. Citing multiple studies done abroad, Dr. William Haseltine said recently that people could see their immunity decline within only months.

He said COVID-19 is like other coronaviruses that give most people colds. They are different from other types of viruses. He said:

“Those things, like measles and mumps, you get them once, you’re protected for life.”

With cold viruses, though, your body “forgets” it was infected.

If this proves true with COVID-19, it could drastically affect our thinking about herd immunity and vaccines.

Haseltine, who is the chair and president of ACCESS Health International, said:

“Individually, that means if you had it, you have to be just as careful as if you didn’t have it, because you might get it again, and it might cause exactly the same disease as it caused the first time, or worse.”