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Labor Secretary Scalia Calls Reopening Workplaces ‘Safe’ as COVID-19 Spikes Across U.S.

The partial economic recovery in June was spurred on by states rushing to reopen. So has the uptick in coronavirus cases.

A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The fireworks were not announced until an hour or so before to avoid attracting large crowds. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Stay Outdoors but Avoid Large Crowds: How to Celebrate Fourth of July While Protecting Yourself From COVID-19

Medical experts have advised Americans to spend time outdoors, practice social distancing, wash and sanitize their hands, avoid large crowds, and limit contact with people outside of their household.

In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Rodney Ott, owner of The Loft, makes mixed drinks from behind the bar for patrons as he reopens fully for the first time amid the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Flint, Mich.
Bars Are Giant Petri Dishes for COVID-19. That’s Why States Are Closing Them Down Again.

Many large outbreaks of COVID-19 have been tied directly to bars. An Orlando, Florida, bar has been linked to as many as 150 cases and more than 130 infections have been tied to a single bar in East Lansing, Michigan.

Motorists line up at a coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium Monday, June 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Only 17 States and D.C. Are Testing at the Level Needed to Stop COVID-19

A new analysis released by the Harvard Global Health Institute and NPR found the level of testing in many states is not adequate enough to curb coronavirus.

A sign outside the West Alabama Icehouse shows the bar is closed Monday, June 29, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shut down bars again and scaled back restaurant dining on Friday as cases climbed to record levels after the state embarked on one of America's fastest reopenings. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Economic Growth Is Stalling in States That Rushed to Reopen

Public health experts and economists warned that moving too quickly would only make things worse.

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States That Don’t Require Face Masks Saw Coronavirus Cases Surge by 84% in 2 Weeks

Meanwhile, 11 states that do mandate face coverings while in public reported new coronavirus cases fell by 25% over that same time period.

Visitors, some wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, walk along the River Walk in San Antonio, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in San Antonio.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
These Governors Bungled Their Coronavirus Response. Now Their States Are Paying the Price.

The number of cases among young adults has exploded since governors across the country ignored the advice of public health officials and reopened businesses, restaurants, and bars beginning in mid-May.