Residents of two US states where infections are ballooning describe how it's affecting them.
A week ago, Jordan Rodriguez and his fiancée met up with two friends for tacos, chicken wings, and pitchers of beer at a local pub in Pembroke Pines, Fla., one of several outings the 38-year-old has enjoyed since the Sunshine State reopened for business in May."I wouldn't say I felt safer, but I had started venturing out again a little bit," Rodriguez told The Daily Beast. "I still wear a face mask whenever I go out and I have always been a germaphobe, so I'm regularly washing my hands with soap."Little did he know that the coronavirus was likely already gestating inside him. The following morning, Rodriguez felt lousy when he woke up. Initially, he chalked it up to a few too many beers....
General manager Todd Hanley on June 4 ended a two-month coronavirus lockdown and reopened the 39-room hotel at half-capacity, along with an adjoining restaurant for outdoor dining. A resurgence of confirmed COVID cases across the South and West - and the suspension or reversal of re-openings of bars, hotels, restaurants and other businesses - is endangering hopes for an economic rebound in the region and perhaps nationally. On Thursday, the government is expected to issue another robust monthly jobs report.
When Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, returns to Florida Thursday, he'll find a much different situation than when he last visited in late May.