All of this was predicted by scientists and medical professionals. 

Courtesy of the BBC:

The spread of coronavirus infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in the US state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has warned.

“Over just the past few weeks, the daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000,” Mr Abbott said on Sunday.

On Sunday, Mr. Abbott said that as many as 5,000 people a day were being diagnosed with the virus.

Abbott, who had a weekend visit from Miek Pence, is trying to stay on message with the Trump Administration but has also issued some guidelines to businesses and even an emergency stay at home order or two.

Courtesy of CBS:

Residents in one Texas county received an emergency alert about COVID-19, urging them to stay home and avoid gatherings.

The alert was sent out to residents in Bexar County (San Antonio area) on Saturday as it reported a record-high 795 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total to 9,652.

The alert read: “STAY HOME. The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly across Bexar County. Local hospitals are approaching capacity. Protect yourself and your family. Stay home except for essential activities, wear a face covering and avoid gathering with people outside your household. STAY SAFE.”

And things are no better in Florida, which also rushed reopenings. 

Courtesy of NYT:

On Saturday, for the second straight day, Florida crushed its previous record for new coronavirus cases, reporting 9,585 infections. Another 8,530 were reported on Sunday.

Six-hour lines formed in Jacksonville over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to get drive-through tests. Orlando has seen an explosion of coronavirus: nearly 60 percent of all cases diagnosed in that county came in just the past two weeks.

Much of Florida’s new surge in cases appears to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants and other social activities. The state’s beaches are full and throngs of revelers pack its waterways on boats.

California which originally seemed to be far more cautious than its southern counterparts has also found that reopening businesses has backfired. 

Courtesy of the LA Times

Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered seven counties including Los Angeles on Sunday to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended eight other counties take action on their own to close those businesses.

The order shuts down any bar, brewery or pub that sells alcoholic drinks without serving food at the same time. Those that sell food will either be subject to the stricter dine-in rules or asked to focus on takeout and patio service.

The decision was announced in a statement issued by the governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. Bars in seven counties are immediately affected by the state order: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial.

Eight other counties have been asked by state officials to issue local health orders closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus.

“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”

I would like to reiterate again that the medical experts and scientists provided a safe blueprint for reopening and none of these states took it seriously enough. 

But do you know who did take the advice seriously?

New Zealand. You know the country where it is now perfectly safe to drink without wearing a mask in a bar and to attend sporting events in packed stadiums. 

If only our politicians had the balls to do what Jacinda Ardern did. 

Just imagine how much better our situation might be.