President Donald Trump naturally cheered across the counties on Twitter Monday, accusing Democrats of trying to lower the opening to hurt him in November. (For Trump, it's always about Trump, even though it's actually about public safety.)
"The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what it means. Democrats are moving slowly, across the United States, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3 if it was up to them. Don don't play politics, be safe, go fast!
Wolf later tweeted:
"The politicians who encourage us to join the fight act in a most cowardly way."
In the impossible debate about when and how to open backup continues everywhere.
The states are divided from individual counties and towns.
Some businesses that can open up are not.
Other businesses that have opened are closing.
And many who can't open up wonder how long they will survive.
The federal government is taking very little action at all, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines, which are still under review by the White House, are still not released.
The city is literally divided – In Bristol, the border between Virginia and Tennessee runs in the middle of State Street – it has always been split in two. But now the distinction is much more meaningful. Tennessee's Republican governor lifted many restrictions. Virginia's Democratic governor has not.
Requires a regional approach – And even as Virginia moves toward easing the restrictions, Chen notes that more populous Northern Virginia authorities have asked him to do so regionally.
Bristol might be ready. Arlington and Alexandria and Fairfax County, urban hotspots, are not there yet. This pattern is repeated throughout the United States.
Asterisk in Florida – Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has done a great deal about opening the state and the low numbers there are encouraging even though they are being investigated (Florida does not include probable coronavirus cases in its death toll as many other states do).
Large counties are still closed – Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward, which make up nearly a third of the state's population, have not followed suit and will remain relatively closed until at least May 15.
"One of my best workers quit yesterday at the end of the shift. She stuck it through the shift," owner Mark Lawrence told CNN affiliate WFXT. "But the words she was called and the language you wouldn't even say in a men's wardrobe. And to say that to a 17-year-old boy, they should be ashamed."
No one knows how it got into the White House
This is a real example of why contact tracking can be so difficult.
The White House still doesn't know how Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, got Covid-19. They also do not know how the presidential valet who tested positive got the disease.
Trip canceled – For example, Pence is not in quarantine. A weekend trip to Camp David was partially scrapped due to concerns about coronavirus. Pence and Trump were both there last weekend. And that was Miller.
Trump is frustrated – "In conversations over the weekend, Trump has expressed concern that helpers receiving coronavirus will undermine his message that the outbreak is declining and that states should begin to reopen, according to a person who spoke to him."
Why reopening won't fix everything
"Investors do not invest in job growth, they invest in the company's profitability, and the harsh truth is that many of these companies can operate more efficiently and more profitably with fewer people.
"I'm interested in thinking about many great CEOs, and they tell people confidentially that they're not going to hire many of the people they've run or let go.
"This economy is not going to snap back into place like a rubber band in part because the relationship you described, that if businesses are doing well, workers will benefit, that the purchase has broken and now it barely exists."