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  • A number of states have started reopening after putting statewide stay-at-home orders in place.
  • In the days since restrictions have been lifted, cases and deaths have spiked in some of these states.
  • Testing has also increased in most states around the country, which is likely to pick up more confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Public health experts have warned that reopening the country too early could potentially lead to a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Some of the first states to begin reopening saw spikes in coronavirus cases and deaths, including Tennessee and Texas. 


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Here’s where they all are now, according to information from the New York Times and data from The Hill: 

Alabama

The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Stores and businesses have been permitted to open under certain restrictions, but residents are encouraged to stay home.

Since then, the number of new cases each week has begun to increase, going over 2,000 for the first time during the week of May 10. 

Alaska

The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 24. Some businesses have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions, and there are some limitations on gatherings. 

The next week, the number of new cases increased, but dropped by more than half the following week. 

Arkansas 

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but had put other restrictions in place on gatherings and businesses. Some stores have now been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions and others are to follow. 

The number of new cases peaked during the week of April 26, and has fallen to about half the amount in the following weeks. 


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Colorado 

The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 26. Some businesses are open under certain restrictions but residents are encouraged to stay home. 

Since then, the number of new cases each week has remained steady. 

Florida

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4. Some businesses are allowed to open under some restrictions, with the exception of the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have the majority of coronavirus cases. 

Since then, the number of new cases each week has remained steady. 

Georgia

The state’s shelter-in-place order expired on April 30. Many businesses have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

The week the order expired, the number of new cases went above 5,000, dropping back below that threshold the next week by about 500. 

Hawaii

The state’s stay-at-home order is in effect through May 31, but some stores and businesses have been permitted to reopen. 

The number of weekly new cases peaked in early April, but dropped below 100 in the following weeks. 

Idaho

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Houses of worship have reopened and businesses are starting to reopen gradually under certain guidelines. 

The number of new cases more than doubled the week after the state’s stay-at-home order expired. 

Indiana

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4 for all but three counties. Some businesses and stores are permitted to open under certain restrictions. 

Since then, the number of new cases each week has remained steady. 

Iowa

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, although some restrictions were put into place. Many businesses and stores have been allowed to reopen since the beginning of May. 

The number of weekly new cases surpassed 1,000 for the first time in mid-April and has remained in the thousands since then.

Kansas

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3. Some businesses have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions, while others remain closed for now.

The number of weekly new cases went over 1,000 in late April and has remained steady in recent weeks. 

Maine

The state’s stay-at-home order is in effect until May 31, but some personal care businesses and stores have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

The number of weekly new cases have remained steady in recent months. 

Mississippi

The state’s shelter-in-place order expired on April 27. Some stores and restaurants have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions, but others remain closed. 

Since then, the number of weekly new cases has increased by about 300. 

Missouri

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3. All businesses have been allowed to reopen under social distancing guidelines. 

Since passing 1,000 new cases in late March, the number of new cases has remained above that threshold. 

Montana 

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 26. Houses of worship, businesses and some schools have been allowed to reopen under certain guidelines. 

Since peaking in late March, the number of new cases each week has dropped to below 100. 

Nebraska

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but some restrictions were put in place. Restaurants and salons are now reopening in certain areas. 

After going above 1,000 new cases the last week of April, the number of new cases each week has grown to over 2,000. 

Nevada

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 9. Restaurants and some businesses are permitted to reopen, but residents are encouraged to stay home. 

The number of new cases each week has slowly been decreasing, but remains above 600. 

New Hampshire

The state’s stay-at-home order is in effect until May 31, but some businesses and restaurants are permitted to open under certain restrictions. 

The number of new cases each week has remained steady, but remains above 500. 

North Carolina

The state’s stay-at-home order is in effect until May 22, but retail stores are allowed to open under some restrictions. 

The number of new cases has increased each week, rising above 3,000 for the first time at the beginning of May. 

North Dakota

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but had put some restrictions in place. Some businesses have been permitted to reopen under certain guidelines. 

In recent weeks the number of new cases has increased by a couple hundred. 

Oklahoma

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but had put restrictions in place. Many businesses and stores as well as larger venues have been permitted to reopen under certain restrictions. 

The number of new cases each week has remained steady in recent weeks. 

Pennsylvania

The state’s stay-at-home order is in effect until June 4, but stores in some counties are allowed to reopen. 

Since going above 11,000 new cases in early April, the number of new cases each week has decreased by a few thousand but remains above 7,000. 

Rhode Island

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 8. Retail stores and some businesses have been allowed to reopen under certain guidelines. 

Since going above 2,000 in early April, the number of new cases each week has decreased but remains above 1,000. 

South Carolina

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4. Stores have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

The number of new cases each week has remained steady in recent weeks. 

South Dakota

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but other restrictions were put into place. Businesses in some areas are allowed to reopen under certain guidelines.

While the number of new cases each week had begun to decrease in April, it more than doubled in the last week. 

Tennessee

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Stores and restaurants in most counties are allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

Since then, the number of new cases each week has decreased slightly, but remains above 2,000.

Texas

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30. All stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

Since the end of April, the number of new cases each week has increased to above 7,000. 

Utah

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but other restrictions were put in place. Restaurants and some businesses were allowed to reopen under certain restrictions. 

In recent weeks, the number of new cases each week has gone above 7,000. 

West Virginia

The state’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3. Some businesses have been allowed to reopen, although residents are encouraged to stay at home. 

The number of new cases each week has dropped below 200 since mid April but remains above 100. 

Wyoming

The state never issued a stay-at-home order, but other restrictions were put in place. Some restrictions have been lifted, while others remain in place. 

The number of new cases has grown from week to week in the last month, going above 200 this last week. 


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Published on May 12, 2020