As the confirmed U.S. death toll surpassed 86,000, the scattershot reopening of America continued. Beaches will reopen in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, allowing people to come back under restricted circumstances.
Here are some significant developments:
- The meager guidelines for safely reopening the country released by the CDC this week are the latest sign of the Trump administration’s efforts to sideline the agency, and the increasing tension between it and the White House.
- Clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of hydroxychloroquine is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients.
- One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals slammed President Trump’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the pandemic and accused the administration of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a “nominal” role.
- Many of the states moving most quickly to roll back rules designed to slow the spread of the virus lack benchmarks that would require them to reimpose restrictions if infections spike.
- Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court has thwarted the governor’s stay-at-home order, the curve of positive cases in the state continues to rise. On Friday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 410 new cases, the second-highest one-day increase since the outbreak began.