“The data suggests that nationwide, we have passed the peak on new cases,” President Trump said late Wednesday at the White House, making his latest pitch for why portions of the country should soon begin the trek toward normalcy.
Deborah Birx, coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, urged Americans to continue with social distancing and avoid gatherings in the days ahead. But she also said some states with smaller outbreaks might be able to open up more quickly.
Specifically, she said there are nine states that have fewer than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and fewer than 30 new cases per day. That’s where local leaders might choose to move forward with cautiously easing restrictions, she said. The states with fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases as of Wednesday were Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming, Washington Post reports.