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Good News: Reports Say There’s Been No Increase Of Detected Coronavirus Infections In Early-Opening States

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People all across the United States have been holding their breath, waiting to hear reports from early opening states about whether or not getting back to work and stimulating the economies in the light of the COVID-19 crisis would cause a surge in new cases.

Well, reports are finally starting to trickle in from these states, and so far, it seems the news is good. As of this writing, there have not been any significant upticks in detected cases in states that have begun the long process of reopening after being locked down for over a month.

Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:

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“The incubation period for COVID-19 could be up to 14 days, and that isn’t necessarily when people get tested by health care workers. It often takes longer,” said Dr. Marissa Levine, a former state health commissioner in Virginia. “So, it may be too early to make a determination.”

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Others suggested we may have to wait for even more time to elapse.

“Because there are substantial delays from the time of infection to reporting of a case, we probably need to wait about 3-4 weeks after the restrictions are lifted to start to grasp its effect on the trajectory of the epidemics,” said Gerardo Chowell, chairman of the Department of Population Health Sciences at Georgia State University.

It’s important to note that just because the economies in these states are starting to open, that doesn’t mean folks have abandoned social distancing measures. Lots of folks are still implementing these guidelines as they reopen their businesses in order to protect their customers and ensure a safe environment for workers.

“I think society will not necessarily run to the hair salons or the movie theaters immediately after the restrictions are lifted, but it may take people some time to regain confidence,” Chowell said.

Now, while the news is mostly good, the risk posed by coronavirus is still real. There was a new outbreak of the illness at a Colorado mushroom farm where 93 people were tested for the virus and 19 tested positive.

What this means is that it seems likely that more and more states will feel safe to open up and the data backs up that decision. Of course there will be new cases. We cannot stop the spread of this illness altogether. That would be nice if we could, but we can’t.

That was never the intent of the lockdown to begin with. It was to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by cases of the illness. We’ve managed to do that. Now it’s time to get back to work before the economy takes another big hit and goes down for the count.

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NC Democrat Who Slammed Coronavirus Program Received Millions From It

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North Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham was a rather outspoken hater of the coronavirus stimulus package, but it seems that his criticisms weren’t enough to get him to forego allowing his company to receive $2 million in taxpayer dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program, which he claimed “harms communities.” Funny how many of these individuals on the left will slam a program like this, but secretly put their hands out for it when they think no one is watching. Here’s more on this from The Free Beacon: WasteZero, a Raleigh-based environmentalist trash service, obtained between $1 and $2 million in PPP funding on May 3, data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday show. Cunningham earned about $400,000 in 2019 in his role as the company’s general counsel and vice president. He has repeatedly criticized the federal program, which aims to support small businesses struggling with coronavirus shutdowns. Just two months after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican effort to bankroll the depleting fund in April, Cunningham called the program “unacceptable,” saying it “harms communities.” “For PPP loans to have ‘generally missed the industries and areas most heavily impacted by COVID-19′ is unacceptable,” he said in a tweet. “Leaving behind small businesses—and disproportionately those that are Black- and Latino-owned—harms communities.” The former state legislator “supports [WasteZero’s] outreach to municipal and state leaders,” according to an archive of the company’s website. Cunningham also has stock options and a convertible note of up to $50,000 tied to the company, according to his candidate financial report. Cunningham told reporters that he was still working for the company in February. He has since been removed from WasteZero’s website and the company does not publicly acknowledge any legal representation on its site. Neither Cunningham nor WasteZero responded to requests for comment about PPP or…

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White House Now Considering $1 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill

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The White House is mulling over a second coronavirus relief package and is estimating that it will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $1 trillion, according to reports from Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s “trillion,” with a “t.” The last major bill that was crafted to help small businesses and individuals directly impacted by the coronavirus shutdown was over $600 billion. Short spoke with the folks on Bloomberg radio saying, “There’s obviously a lot of stimulus put in the system over the last couple of bills, and so the price tag for us would be that.” Folks, this is racking up the national debt in ways that are almost unfathomable to comprehend, which is why this isn’t a very good long term strategy. We cannot keep pumping funny money into the economy and expecting it to make a full recovery. What we need is to get back to producing, full swing, to stop things from getting worse. This requires state governors to open up their economies a bit faster than they already are and to loosen some restrictions on companies that might require such measures. Of course, we still need to be as careful as possible not to cause a second spike of the virus, but without herd immunity, this thing is never, ever going to go away. We have to think of the long term picture and not just the short-term. Leftists want to look at the mortality rate for this thing and want it to be zero, completely eliminated. That, of course, is a wonderful goal and something we should want as well. However, we have to acknowledge that as much as we want that, it’s not going to happen. People are still going to die from…

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