Reopenings = paused

North Carolina: Facing rising hospitalizations, Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday extended the state’s Phase 2 reopening by three weeks and mandated statewide mask-wearing. 

Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott paused additional reopening plans yesterday as cases neared 126,000. Abbott also halted elective medical procedures in four counties to free up beds just in case—a blow to medical centers that only recently welcomed back their moneymakers.

  • Officials in hard-hit areas are worried: One Houston hospital complex filled 98% of ICU beds on Tuesday. 

Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing off the final phase of reopening after cases surged above 114,000 this week, driven by spikes in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Orlando. 

  • Most businesses, including bars and nightclubs, reopened with capacity limits earlier this month.

New York: While some regions are entering Phase 4 today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke the news earlier this week that gyms, casinos, malls, and movie theaters will need to wait a little longer while other states volunteer as the guinea pigs.