Just as states around the country are reopening their cities after locking down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, two areas just announced that they are halting the next phases of their reopening due to rising cases. The state of Oregon and the city of Nashville, worried by the latest stats, are halting their planned next steps for now.
Why Nashville is Pausing Their Reopening
There has been a total of 6,627 cases in Nashville and Davidson County, which seen an increase of 56 new cases, according to The Metro Public Health Department.
“As of today, the majority of our public health metrics are satisfactory. But our 14-day new case average remains slightly elevated, prompting us to stay in Phase Two of our Roadmap for Reopening Nashville,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper in a press release. “The level of cases in southeast Nashville warrants further attention, and I have instructed the Metro Public Health Department to concentrate its efforts there,” Cooper added. “We will continue with Phase Two while carefully observing our public health data every day.”
“The city is currently in phase two of its reopening plan, which allows restaurants and retail stores to operate at 75% capacity, but bars must remain closed,” reports CNBC. “Community centers, golf course clubhouses, museums, Sportsplex and nature centers were allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, according to the city’s order. Phase three reopening would allow for restaurants and retail stores to operate at full capacity and bars, clubs, karaoke bars, tours, live entertainment and ‘transportainment’ businesses to operate at 50% capacity, according to the order.”
In the event that cases continue to rise, the city could revert back to Phase 1. But for now: “We don’t need to go back to phase 1 with all the data we have,” added Dr. Alex Jahangir, the chair of the Metro Health Coronavirus Task Force.
Why Oregon is Pausing Their Reopening
Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon announced she’d delay re-opening plans by one week because of increased cases, calling it a “one-week ‘pause’ of reopening plans, calling for ‘a statewide yellow light’ after the state reported 177 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Thursday. The plan halts new applications for reopening in the Portland area, which had been expected to enter the first phase,” according to the Washington Post.
“We now see a significant increase in COVID-19 infections in counties across Oregon,” she said on Twitter, “and it is cause for concern.”