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Dan Mitchinson: Most US states to reopen this weekend despite rising cases

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In a few hours, Connecticut will allow residents to dine at a restaurant outdoors or go into a retail shop.
The state will be the final one of those that ordered people to stay home and most businesses to close up for a while to start to reopen.
Connecticut is taking "baby steps," Gov. Ned Lamont told CNN.
Also being allowed to reopen are offices, museums, zoos and outdoor recreation.
"We have followed the metrics, hospitalization is down, fatalities are down. We have a lot of (protective equipment) right now. We have the gowns and masks. And finally, we have the contact tracing in place," he said.
As of Wednesday, all states will be in some phase of reopening. The question is how many people will go out; are they ready to eat out and shop?
Pictures from some parts of the country are now reminiscent of pre-pandemic times, with Americans venturing out to parks to soak in the spring sunshine, visiting beaches and gathering -- often unmasked -- in open bars and restaurants.
Yet as of Tuesday, at least 17 states have recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases -- a rise of at least 10% -- over the past seven days, according to an analysis based on data from Johns Hopkins University.
Only 16 states' average new daily cases dropped more than 10%. Some public health experts say declining case rates should be one guide for figuring when states should relax social distancing restrictions.
So far, more than 1.52 million people in the United States have been infected and at least 91,878 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
Just how loosened restrictions will impact coronavirus cases won't be evident for a while.
Experts have said it may take weeks to begin seeing the effects of more people being out and about. And public health officials warned those effects may translate to thousands more deaths across the country and a second spike of cases.
Reopenings appear to have the momentum for now, including, slowly, for sports without a crowd in attendance. The Belmont Stakes will be held June 20, officials said Tuesday. That means horse racing's Triple Crown will start with what traditionally is the third leg, because the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were moved to later this year.
Steps that governments did take to shut parts of the economy to slow the virus led to soaring unemployment -- more than 36 million people have filed for unemployment since the middle of March.
In a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said a program to lend billions of dollars to small and medium-sized businesses should be ready to launch by the end of the month.
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Some universities will have in-person classes but end them by Thanksgiving
A growing number of universities are rolling out plans for what fall semester will look like.
At least five said this week they will have in-person classes this fall -- but also that they'll skip fall break and stop those classes by Thanksgiving.
In general, these schools are hoping to minimize the number of mass exits and mass returns -- when students may pick up the virus elsewhere and bring it to campus.
The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Creighton University in Nebraska said they intend to start their fall semesters early, skip fall break and conclude the semester before Thanksgiving.
The Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, president of Creighton University, told CNN's Brianna Keilar that he believes the school can provide a very safe environment and they want to finish the semester before an expected wave of flu hits.
"We anticipate a flu season and a cold season coming up in late November, early December. That'll be confusing for any of us to try and understand who's sick and what do they have," he said. "So trying to end this semester before that occurs, and in anticipation of the second wave of the pandemic, we want to get this semester started and ended on an earlier schedule."
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