Several states are actively loosening restrictions meant to curb coronavirus, including lifting mask mandates and welcoming spring breakers.
Here's a snapshot of what the Covid-19 data shows in three of those states.
- New cases across the state of Mississippi are up 19% from last week, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) data.
- Right now, the state sees an average of 463 new cases per day. The state had been experiencing a steep decline in new cases for weeks, but for the last eight days, the state has seen an increase in new cases.
- On March 2, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced, “Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules.” On March 3, the state was seeing an average of 541 new cases per day, according to JHU. Although the average of new cases is lower, cases had been falling rapidly when the mandate was lifted and that trend has now turned around.
- The state sees an average of 4,722 new cases per day, according to JHU. Like much of the US, the state has been seeing a steep decline in new cases since late January.
- In early March, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state would lift its mask mandate on March 10. On that day, the state was seeing a 32% drop in new cases from the week before. While the state is still seeing a decline in cases, the margin has narrowed to a 10% decrease from the week before.
- 235 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been identified in Texas, according to the CDC. That’s the sixth-highest number in the nation.
- Florida currently sees an average of 4,527 new cases per day, according to JHU. The seven-day average of new cases has been declining steadily and consistently since mid-January.
- The state leads the United States for the most B.1.1.7 variant cases reported, according to the CDC. Florida has reported 738 cases of the variant – which totals 15% of all cases reported in the US, CDC data shows.
- Over the weekend, tourists flocked to the Sunshine State for spring break. Large crowds packed the beaches and restaurants were full.
- Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the situation is concerning. “The problem is that that we have too many people coming, we have too many people that want to just let loose in ways that are unacceptable, and we have a pandemic including really I think, ground zero for the variant. So, you know there is a lot of things to be concerned about,” Gelber told Jim Scuitto on CNN Newsroom on Tuesday.