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The Statistical Case for Reopening Georgia Is Weak

States need to wait for Covid-19 case counts to decline and for widespread testing to be in place.

Impatient to reopen Georgia’s economy.

Impatient to reopen Georgia’s economy.

Photographer: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Just days after the Trump administration set out careful benchmarks for states to meet before reopening their economies, four governors announced plans that basically ignore them.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will allow many businesses to reopen on Friday. In South Carolina, some retailers and its beaches are already open. The governors of Tennessee and Ohio will begin phased restarts on May 1. Yet all of these states have seen Covid-19 case counts, day over day, jump within the past few days. The White House guidelines call for two weeks of sustained decline.