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Some states are adding restrictions again because of the fall COVID-19 spike

Multiple states added new restrictions because there’s been a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.

A rocking chair sits empty next to an unused jetway at T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, R.I., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
A rocking chair sits empty next to an unused jetway at T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, R.I., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
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The coronavirus pandemic is seeing another surge of cases as we enter the winter months, and states have begun taking actions to limit the spread.

What’s going on?

CNN reports that some states are adding new restrictions to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

  • Connecticut — There will be new limits on restaurants, religious ceremonies and event spaces. There will also be tightened restrictions around social gatherings, which could last to Thanksgiving.
  • Rhode Island — There will be a stay-at-home advisory from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights, and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends.

Social distancing guidelines returning?

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said recently that states may face pressure to institute social distancing mandates again to help stop the spike, as I wrote about for Deseret News.

  • “Many states will face enormous pressure on hospital capacity and will likely have to re-impose some social distancing mandates,” the IHME said, according to CNN. “The best strategy to delay reimposition of mandates and the associated economic hardship is to expand mask use.”

The White House coronavirus task force recently said in a report that there are some ”early signs of deterioration in the Sun Belt and continued deterioration in the Midwest and across the Northern States.”