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WHY I SHOULD CARE

Because sometimes smaller states can have the biggest impact.

Everything went well a month ago, or so it seemed. Since the United States began to bend the coronavirus curve, summer has seen huge peaks in much of the country.

But there are 12 states, especially in the north-eastern region most affected by the virus in the early days, where cases are decreasing. There has been extensive discussion about the decline of New York, but another state has emerged as the main culprit in fighting viruses. Looking at the seven-day moving average of cases from May 23 to July 6 …

Rhode Island coronavirus cases have decreased by 85%, the highest in the country.

Rhode Island is not only leading the nation in tests, with nearly a quarter of its population tested so far, but its positive test rate has also decreased, from over 18 percent to less than 2 percent. It is now one of only four states classified as “low” level of risk by the COVID Act Now project. Behind Rhode Island are Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. The only states outside the Northeast with a downward trend in number of cases are Nebraska and South Dakota.

Raimondo was one of the first governors to close schools and businesses and request masks.

Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo deserves much of the credit for quick, instinctive and firm leadership, according to Wendy J. Schiller, president of Brown University’s political science department. While other states, including Georgia, Texas and Florida, attempted to reopen quickly, Raimondo was intentional. “The Rhode Island lesson has been [Raimondo] it was targeted, “says Schiller.” It was a combination of executive orders on multiple fronts that put us in an essentially home stay position. It opened specific sectors of the economy that it knew it could revive and started a lot. slowly. “

It started with quick closings: Raimondo was one of the first governors to close schools and businesses and to request masks. He worked with local universities and colleges to clear campuses by mid-March – before the end of March.

Raimondo was also innovative and proactive in securing the tests, using Rhode Island-based CVS to secure the first test materials and make the Rhode Island health services department responsible. This simplified test ensuring that anyone who thought they had symptoms could contact the health department instead of consulting a doctor. Raimondo also designated particular medical laboratories in the state strictly for COVID-19 tests so that the results would arrive faster. Rhode Island cases peaked at around 390 per day in late April (more per capita than those in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut) and then declined sharply.

Everything did not go smoothly. Raimondo faced the opposition for his energetic response and missteps as a short-lived policy that requires state troops to stop cars with New York license plates and send National Guard troops to summer homes believed to be owned by New Yorkers. And Rhode Island’s success can be attributed to much more than Raymond’s measures: America’s smallest state by land area is relatively easy to seal and is not a travel hub like New York or Atlanta.

But Raimondo’s response – which has placed the fairly obscure governor on Joe Biden’s list of potential candidates for vice-presidency – is paying dividends so far. With schools planning to reopen completely in late August, this success will be put to the test.

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