In the last 24 hours, the U.S. has witnessed 1,435 coronavirus deaths. By Sunday morning, the coronavirus death toll had exceeded 66,330. Simultaneously, COVID-19 positive cases exceeded a million mark.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases has been rising steadily in several states, including Arizona, Texas, and Tennessee. At the same time there has been a slow decline in the number of positive cases in Connecticut, Florida, and New Jersey.
Extension of Emergency in Oregon Despite A Decrease in Coronavirus Deaths
Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, in a Facebook post mentioned that there have been 205 new coronavirus deaths recently which takes the total death toll up to 7,742 in the state.
Unfortunately, even with the positive trends we’re seeing, we continue to lose too many residents to #COVID19.With…
Posted by Governor Phil Murphy on Saturday, May 2, 2020
Kate Brown, the Governor of Oregon, extended the state of emergency till July 6th via executive order.
On Friday, new plans were laid out by Brown regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing to ensure the safety of the people after the state reopens and slides into phase II.
Brown warned people that social distancing will remain a crucial part of our daily lives until a vaccine or cure arrives. She further added that reopening Oregon will take time. She also mentioned that the process will be gradual.
Brown went on to say that since in certain segments of the State new cases have become almost zero with a handful of hospitalizations. It is possible to reopen those areas as early as May 15.
However, Saturday witnessed a strange sight as hundreds of people gathered near Salem’s State Capitol to protest against the lockdown.
It was reported by the Associated Press that the protestors carried Trump campaign signs along with American flags. Some carried signs criticizing Brown, while some demanded Oregon to be reopened.
None of them were wearing any masks.