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“If you don’t have the virus under control then you can’t reopen, right? We’re not going to use our children as a litmus test and we’re not going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered, it’s that simple.”
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New York Times: New York Confronts Second-Wave Risk: Visitors From Florida and Texas

Gov. Cuomo is worried about travelers from the Sun Belt who are infected with the virus — and about New Yorkers who might let down their guard. ...


Mr. Cuomo has warned it is almost inevitable that the virus will seep back into the state, much the way it came to New York through flights from Europe in February. He has also raised concerns that some New Yorkers might let their guard down and blamed local governments for not enforcing mask-wearing and social-distancing measures.

But his focus lately has been on trying to keep the virus from re-entering New York: Travelers from 22 states where cases have increased must now quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in New York. And beginning Tuesday, travelers arriving at New York airports will be required to fill out a form with their personal information and planned whereabouts, or face a $2,000 fine.

Epidemiologists said they were skeptical that the measures would work.

“I think it’s going to be incredibly hard to keep the virus out of New York State,” said Isaac Weisfuse, a former New York City deputy health commissioner. “I think that these types of travel restrictions may be somewhat helpful, but we should assume that they’re not going to be airtight.”

But Dr. Weisfuse, an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s master of public health program, and other epidemiologists said New York was better positioned to deal with a surge in cases this time around.

They said that government officials had a better understanding of the virus and that doctors in New York had learned invaluable lessons from treating the disease. People in New York, where more than 400,000 people were infected and more than 30,000 died, are keenly aware of the risks and, for the most part, of the importance of wearing masks. The state has also dramatically ramped up its testing capacity, processing about 60,000 tests per day.

“I don’t anticipate that in New York, we’re going to have a second wave that is going to look like what we have in Texas and Florida,” said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Mailman School of a Public Health at Columbia University. “We can’t become complacent, and I don’t think we will. I am cautiously optimistic.”


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Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama Gov. Ivey issues statewide mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Thursday


After days of an "alarming" upward climb in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday she will enforce a statewide mask order.

The move was an about-face for the governor, who previously resisted statewide action even as other states implementing mask wearing or began rolling back re-opening plans in recent weeks. But several public health officials this week — including the state's former health officer, now head of the Alabama Health Association, and its largest county public health officer — have publicly supported calls for a mask mandate as infection rates continue to increase exponentially.

"You shouldn't have to be ordered to do what is in your own best interest, and in the best interest of those you know and love," Ivey said. "I still believe this is going to be a difficult order to enforce. And I always prefer a personal responsibility over a government mandate. Yet, I also know, with all of my heart, that the numbers and the data over the past few weeks are definitely trending in the wrong direction."

The state added 2,140 new cases on Wednesday, its highest ever one-day increase. Alabama also confirmed 47 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day total yet. The number of current hospitalizations, one of the most concerning data points for public health officials, are typically released mid-afternoon.

"We're almost to the point where our hospital ICUs are overwhelmed," Ivey said. "Folks, the numbers just do not lie."


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CNN - Chris Cillizza: Can Florida's governor admit he was wrong about coronavirus?

(CNN) Over the weekend, Florida achieved the sort of record no one wants: It set a single-day record for coronavirus cases, with more than 15,000.

To put the 15,300 cases in Florida on Saturday in some context, it was two months into the pandemic before the US reported more than 15,000 cases in a single day nationwide. And, on Tuesday, Florida announced 132 new deaths from coronavirus, its highest single-day total to date.

"Miami is now the epicenter for the virus," said Dr. Lillian Abbo, an infectious disease expert with the Jackson Health System, on Monday afternoon. "What we were seeing in Wuhan five months ago, we're now seeing here."

Faced with such a massive challenge, the question many are asking now is whether Florida's newly minted governor -- Republican Ron DeSantis -- is up to the job.


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:mememe:

No.


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Addie wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:38 pm
Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama Gov. Ivey issues statewide mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Thursday


After days of an "alarming" upward climb in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday she will enforce a statewide mask order.

The move was an about-face for the governor, who previously resisted statewide action even as other states implementing mask wearing or began rolling back re-opening plans in recent weeks. But several public health officials this week — including the state's former health officer, now head of the Alabama Health Association, and its largest county public health officer — have publicly supported calls for a mask mandate as infection rates continue to increase exponentially.

"You shouldn't have to be ordered to do what is in your own best interest, and in the best interest of those you know and love," Ivey said. "I still believe this is going to be a difficult order to enforce. And I always prefer a personal responsibility over a government mandate. Yet, I also know, with all of my heart, that the numbers and the data over the past few weeks are definitely trending in the wrong direction."

The state added 2,140 new cases on Wednesday, its highest ever one-day increase. Alabama also confirmed 47 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day total yet. The number of current hospitalizations, one of the most concerning data points for public health officials, are typically released mid-afternoon.

"We're almost to the point where our hospital ICUs are overwhelmed," Ivey said. "Folks, the numbers just do not lie."
Isn't this the ______ who, just a few months ago, said they didn't have to take precautions because they're not California? (or was it New York?)


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Ohio Gov. DeWine is expected to announce a statewide mask mandate today.


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https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/gov- ... atherings/
Citing an “alarming escalation” in new COVID-19 infections, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday imposed new statewide restrictions for restaurants, bars and any large indoor gathering.

This latest order won’t affect dining in Allegheny County, where the health department imposed even more severe restrictions a week ago.

The new statewide order, which takes effect Thursday, closes bars unless they also offer dine-in meals. Bars and restaurants also will be limited to 25% capacity. Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 people will be prohibited. All businesses will be required to have their employees work remotely to the extent possible.

During a news conference in Harrisburg, Wolf was sharply critical of people who refused to wear a mask or following social distancing rules.

“They are annoyingly spreading, or annoyingly picking up, the virus. This carelessness has resulted in pockets of super-spreading,” Wolf said.

He blamed out-of-state travel and took aim at states in the south and west for “not committing to the things they should’ve done to keep this virus from spreading.”

“We did everything we should’ve done, we were responsible, and yet we’re paying the price right now,” Wolf said.
I am pissed at this. I'm not unhappy with the governor, but with the mostly young, thoughtless people who are so careless. We did all the hard work for months here, and our caseload and numbers never surged here in the county. Now, they are. It's not much compared to a lot of other states, but our numbers are going in the wrong direction.


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:confused: :confused: :confused: why do I suddenly read this thread title as "Lock up the governors" :?: :confused: :doh:


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You been banging your head again, I bet.
RTH10260 wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:57 pm :confused: :confused: :confused: why do I suddenly read this thread title as "Lock up the governors" :?: :confused: :doh:


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Just listened to Dewine's (Ohio) presser. Kind of a nothingburger, he "asked" all Ohioans to wear masks. No mandate other than the 12 counties already requiring them. More of a pep talk than anything else. I was expecting more.


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qbawl wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:05 pm Just listened to Dewine's (Ohio) presser. Kind of a nothingburger, he "asked" all Ohioans to wear masks. No mandate other than the 12 counties already requiring them. More of a pep talk than anything else. I was expecting more.
Sorry about that. I thought he started out better.


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RTH10260 wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:57 pm :confused: :confused: :confused: why do I suddenly read this thread title as "Lock up the governors" :?: :confused: :doh:
Not our governor, Tom Wolf. As Andy points out, he doesn't suck. Though he's taking lots of flack from Rethugs and other Pennsyltucky maroons (as Bugs would say).


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Kind of good news here in Montgomery County, PA (not Texas). Our positivity rate is at 3.3%.


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AndyinPA wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:15 pm
qbawl wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:05 pm Just listened to Dewine's (Ohio) presser. Kind of a nothingburger, he "asked" all Ohioans to wear masks. No mandate other than the 12 counties already requiring them. More of a pep talk than anything else. I was expecting more.
Sorry about that. I thought he started out better.
To be fair to Dewine he has done a good job in the past. I was just hoping he might be a little more forceful about requiring the wearing of masks statewide and give a bit more of a roadmap for next steps if the current trend continues. I also must add that he made it abundantly clear that there is no hoax, that the science and scientists need to take the lead not politics and politicians with agendas. Induhvidual-1 would not have been pleased.


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:like:


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Walmart is gonna require face coverings in all stores. It is already like thst in some states, this will be for all stores at least in the US.


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Fox 5 Atlanta: Local mask mandates 'suspended' by Gov. Kemp's executive order

ATLANTA - Governor Brian Kemp is overruling local governments that have issued mandatory mask laws in a new executive over issued Wednesday.

The 41-page order is mostly a revised extension of guidelines the governor had put in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with the addition of the new language regarding mask mandates.

The executive order reads in part:

“State, county, or municipal law, order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that requires persons to wear face coverings, masks, face shields, or any other Personal Protective Equipment while in places of public accommodation or on public property are suspended to the extent that they are more restrictive than this Executive Order.”


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Will his next step be to stop people from wearing them altogether? :smokeears:


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Sunrise wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:53 pm Will his next step be to stop people from wearing them altogether? :smokeears:
No. He's leaving that to the armed brown shirts, whose job it is to intimidate the masked masses and make sure the non-maskers don't change their minds.


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WaPo Op Ed - Larry Hogan: Fighting alone

I’m a GOP governor. Why didn’t Trump help my state with coronavirus testing?


My wife, Yumi, and I stood on the tarmac, waiting in cloth masks, on the morning of April 18. Finally, a Boeing 777 landed and taxied to the far corner of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. It was the first Korean Air flight ever to land at BWI, but it didn’t have a single passenger aboard. The crew of five had flown 14 hours, straight from Seoul.

“Congratulations, honey,” I told Yumi as the pilot turned off the engines. “You helped save a lot of lives.”

The plane was filled with 500,000 test kits for my state, where the coronavirus had already infected 12,308 Marylanders and killed 463 of them. The numbers were still climbing, and we would never be able to contain them without mass testing. “Anybody that wants a test can get a test,” President Trump had declared the previous month. In reality, only 2,252 Americans had been tested at that point in March. Across the country, my fellow governors were desperately pleading for help on testing. But in early April, Trump said it was the states’ job.

Yumi was born and raised in South Korea, a country that had, by then, erected a well-coordinated testing regime. So, with nowhere else to turn, Yumi and I asked President Moon Jae-in for help. He arranged the sale of a half-million test kits from LabGenomics, one of the world’s leading medical testing firms, for $9 million. It was a bargain considering the $2.8 billion in revenue we projected the pandemic would cost Maryland.

Now the kits had arrived. The crew members came down together, walked over and stopped six feet away. Yumi bowed, and the crew bowed in return. Following their lead, so did I. Then a caravan of Maryland National Guard trucks escorted by the Maryland State Police drove the tests from the airport to a refrigerated, secure warehouse at an undisclosed location. The federal government had recently seized 3 million N95 masks purchased by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. We weren’t going to let Washington stop us from helping Marylanders.


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I read about that a month or two ago. It was horrifying that a governor in this country had to do that, particularly what they had to go through to keep it secret.

I see a lot about Hogan because I have a cousin in Maryland who's a big fan. Also, she's a right-wing fundie. But he does seem to have support from both sides in his state, and he has had to work with a Democratic legislature. Unleashed from that, I'm not so sure he wouldn't be your typical republican governor.


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If I'm not mistaken, Realist and the Princess think highly of Hogan.
AndyinPA wrote: Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:35 am I read about that a month or two ago. It was horrifying that a governor in this country had to do that, particularly what they had to go through to keep it secret.

I see a lot about Hogan because I have a cousin in Maryland who's a big fan. Also, she's a right-wing fundie. But he does seem to have support from both sides in his state, and he has had to work with a Democratic legislature. Unleashed from that, I'm not so sure he wouldn't be your typical republican governor.


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RoadScholar also recently spoke well of his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.


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