Austin extended its stay at home order till August after an spike in coronavirus cases
- Austin, Texas has extended its coronavirus stay at home orders after seeing a spike in cases and hospitalizations.
- More than two dozen states have seen spikes in cases, but many have chosen to move forward with their reopenings.
- In Arizona, experts said the state’s reopening prompted the spike in cases. The state is now an emerging hotspot.
- Public health experts have warned that states may need to reimpose lockdowns if cases continue to climb.
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After a spike in cases, authorities in Austin, Texas, announced the city would extend stay-at-home orders for another two months.
The city is now in Stage 4 risk, which is the second-highest and will remain under the orders until August 15, Mayor Steve Adler announced.
“Wear a mask when you go outside & don’t go places where people aren’t wearing masks. New orders encourage businesses to require social distancing & face coverings while in Stage 4,” Adler said in a tweet.
The decision came after the city recorded a seven-day average of more than 20 hospitalizations a day, Spectrum News reported.