(CNN) — More than 90% of the US population is currently under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life as we know it. But worries for the economy — and people’s mental health — are begging the question: When will things go back to normal?
While President Donald Trump has leaned into his desire to reopen the nation’s economy by May 1, many of the nation’s governors and mayors who hold the power to enforce closures seem to disagree.
Along with expanding testing and tracing, governors across the country are highlighting the importance of using science and advice from health officials rather than politics to choose when to reopen the economy.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that runs until April 30. The governor also extended the public health emergency through May 13. All K-12 public schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
Kemp emphasized the importance of expanding testing before reopening the state.
“We’re a little behind the curve from when our peak is going to be to other states around the country,” Kemp said during Monday’s press briefing. “That is certainly a day I am ready for, but I think today specifically we have been focused on the surge capacity, ramping up testing to do more than we’re doing.”
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