New coronavirus data shows that the early stages of re-opening the U.S. economy have not resulted in a surge of coronavirus cases in most states.
A chart compiled by Axios News using data from Johns Hopkins University compared each state’s seven day average of new cases and the seven day average from a week prior to the average from the past week covering states like Georgia that recently began opening up their economy.
The data shows critics of states easing lockdowns were most concerned about such as Florida and Georgia have not seen a rise in total cases.
In Florida’s case, cases actually declined by 14% while Georgia saw a 12% decline in cases.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, celebrated the news on May 9 that Georgia witnessed the fewest number of new coronavirus cases since the data started being tracked on April 8 despite reopening the economy.
Ohio and Texas, who have also started re-opening the economy have seen the number of new coronavirus cases remain steady.
The study did show that the virus cases are increasing in South Dakota, a state widely criticized for not imposing strict enough lockdown measures, to the tune of 123% but also pointed out that total cases are an “imperfect measure” because it highly relies on the amount of testing in each state.
Americans across the country have taken to the streets in defiance of social distancing guidelines to protest the extension of strict lockdown orders most notably in California and Michigan.
Protesters stormed the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing in late April to push back against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and her lockdown orders which she reiterated this week are “not a suggestion” and “not optional.”
Over 500 protesters gathered in downtown Huntington Beach, CA with signs expressing support for President Trump and dismay with Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat.
Over 1.4 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States resulting in over 84,000 reported deaths.