May 16, 2020 - Health

In photos: More businesses reopen as states let stay-at-home orders expire

Customers at the Someplace Else II bar and restaurant on May 15 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

More businesses reopened across the U.S. this weekend as states allowed stay-at-home orders to expire and lifted some quarantine restrictions.

Driving the news: The CDC posted six new one-page tools on Thursday that advise businesses, restaurants and bars, schools, camps, child care centers and mass transit systems on how to safely reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

What's happening: Stay-at-home orders lapsed in Maryland, Louisiana, Arizona, Vermont and Maryland on Friday, per a New York Times analysis.

  • New York, Virginia and Oregon are extending stay-at-home orders while allowing certain regions and businesses — designated as low-risk — to reopen, per the Times.
  • Wisconsin's stay-at-home order was blocked by the state's Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The big picture: Most states are making progress on coronavirus testing and finding fewer infections, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Sam Baker report.

Customers eat and drink at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about five minutes from the Illinois border, on May 15. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Families wait for a movie at the Warwick Drive-In on May 15 in Warwick, New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) allowed drive-in theaters to reopen this week. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Visitors at Zion National Park on May 15 in Springdale, Utah. The park resumed limited operations on Wednesday. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images
Kim Hannon, owner of a boutique in Grasonville, Maryland, pours champagne to celebrate as she opens for business on May 15. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) allowed stores, houses of worship and salons to open on Friday. Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Jacob Schoberg in the J. Roberts men's apparel store on May 15 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

There are no COVID-19 patients in hospital in New Zealand, which reported just 21 active cases. A top NZ health official said Tuesday he's "confident we have broken the chain of domestic transmission."

By the numbers: Almost 5.5 million people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, and more than 2.2 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 14.9 million tests).

When you can be around others after contracting the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance over Memorial Day weekend outlining when Americans can stop self-isolating after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: Nearly all states across the U.S. have relaxed stay-at-home orders to jumpstart economic reopenings, per a New York Times analysis. As more Americans venture outside their homes, they have to decide what precautions they're willing to take, and what they'll do to protect others.

U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

Coronavirus antibody tests are still relatively unreliable, and it's unclear if people who get the virus are immune to getting it again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Tuesday.

By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from COVID-19 and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.