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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced at a press conference Monday that he is ordering bars, clubs, movie theaters, waterparks and gyms to close for 30 days in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Arizona, which has reported more than 3,000 new cases in five of the last seven days, is one of several states that has been forced to put its reopening plans on pause as the outbreak has accelerated across the Sun Belt.

Details: Ducey also said that an executive order going into effect at midnight would ban organized events of more than 50 people and push back the first day of school for in-person learning until Aug. 17.

  • Ducey last week urged residents to stay home and observe social distancing, but he declined until now to reverse the state's reopening, per the Arizona Republic.
  • "We're not going back to normal anytime soon," Ducey said, pointing to the "brutal facts of our current situation today."

The big picture: Florida and Texas — two of the other U.S. hotspots — ordered new restrictions on bars last week, while New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that he would indefinitely postpone indoor dining after seeing the effects of reopening in other states.

Between the lines: Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS News on Sunday that even aggressive action in virus hotspots won't show effects for weeks, so Americans should expect case numbers to continue to climb.

  • "Look at New York. New York implemented the stay-at-home order on March 20, it was a Friday. It went into effect on Sunday. They peaked in terms of the number of daily cases that they were reporting on April 7," Gottlieb said.
  • "So almost three weeks after they implemented the stay-at-home order, the cases continued to build and then they started to slowly decline."

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Coronavirus cases rise in 33 states

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The coronavirus pandemic keeps getting worse, all across the country. Thirty-three states saw their caseloads increase this week, continuing a scary nationwide trend that’s been getting worse since mid-June.

Why it matters: The U.S. is right back in the situation we were afraid of earlier this year, with a rapidly spreading outbreak, strained hospitals, and projections of more than 200,000 deaths by the end of the year.

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Fauci: States with severe coronavirus outbreaks "should seriously look at shutting down"

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Anthony Fauci on Wednesday told a Wall Street Journal podcast that states experiencing a significant uptick in new coronavirus cases "should seriously look at shutting down."

The big picture: The comments come as states like Florida, Texas and Arizona have become new hotspots for the virus, with soaring rates of infections and rising deaths.

New York City schools will not fully reopen in fall

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference on Wednesday that schools will not fully reopen in fall, and will instead adopt a hybrid model that will limit in-person attendance to just one to three days a week.

Why it matters: New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., is home to the nation's largest public school district — totaling 1,800 schools and 1.1 million students, according to the New York Times. The partial reopening plan could prevent hundreds of thousands of parents from fully returning to work.