An ABC investigation reported this week that the 21 states where lockdowns were lifted on or before May 4 including 7 states where lockdowns were never imposed did not see a significant increase in hospitalizations, fatalities, and the percentage of people testing positive for the virus.
The states looked at by ABC were Georgia, Mississippi, South Dakota, Arkansas, Colorado, South Carolina, Montana, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Ohio, and Nebraska.
All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have at least partially reopened, and most of the states have allowed their stay-at-home orders to expire.
Texas saw an initial spike in cases right after reopening on May 1, but has seen a decline in recent weeks.
Cases and deaths are still increasing in the U.S., but the 7-day average numbers of daily new cases and deaths have both declined markedly during the month of May compared to March and April’s numbers.
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