COVID-19 Update November 2020

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On March 13th, 2020, the United States, along with many other countries, entered a lockdown that has extended way beyond what was previously expected. Now, as the nation prepares for a second wave of the virus, another period of quarantine is within the near future. 

Although the United States made great strides in attempting to flatten the curve by issuing strict legislation, rising numbers have recently been on the account of school and restaurant openings and the impending holiday season. In late May and June, the rate of spreading decreased slightly, highlighting what practices proved efficient in limiting COVID-19 victims. Unfortunately, with the reopening of all levels of academic institutions and the implementation of indoor dining, positive cases have made a steady resurgence, causing great concern for all. As seen in this graphic from CNN, October has ushered in a dramatic spike greatly in part due to Halloween festivities.

These numbers will continue to rise drastically as people prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays. The Centers for Disease of Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that those who are electing to either host or attend a gathering should quarantine for a minimum of 14 days prior to the event. This would ensure the safety of all individuals involved. Additionally, masks and social distancing should be practiced whenever possible to act as a second defense. Furthermore, with many students returning from college, exit testing is mandatory for many states, so that these students can proceed with caution as they reenter their respective family circles. 

Due to the detrimental effects COVID-19 has plagued society, New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, has issued changes in the state’s current protocol.”

Due to the detrimental effects COVID-19 has plagued society, New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, has issued changes in the state’s current protocol. For restaurants and casinos, he has opted to limit indoor dining by making this service prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m, but will allow for takeout, room service, and outdoor seating to continue beyond these restricted hours. Indoor bars will be deemed off limits due to the close proximity of seating and interactions with bartenders. In efforts to not hinder the economy with these stipulations, Murphy has allowed restaurants to be more lenient with the 6-feet-apart guideline in their indoor dining rooms as long as they erect partitions between tables of different groups. As the winter weather washes over, these establishments have the option to set up heated domes outside for individual parties. Additionally, with winter sports commencing, Murphy has presented changes to the manner in which these activities can be held. The governor states that “all interstate games and tournaments involving indoor sports, up to and including the high school level, will be prohibited,” which complements his support for the notion of limiting travel amongst state borders. This piece of legislation does not affect collegiate and professional sports, who have been operating within their respective conferences. 

COVID-19 is far from over, but there are many steps that can be taken to halt the rapid increase in the positive cases that the nation currently faces. With the implementations of Governor Murphy as well as practicing safety protocols, all citizens can create a united front against this coronavirus, which would aid in the betterment of society.

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