September 2, 2020
Authored by: Tom Lee and John Kindschuh
The United States had hoped that industries (and life in general) would be “back to normal” by now after being impacted by COVID-19. Society has endured this global pandemic for over six months, and while there have been improvements and efforts to allow certain businesses to reopen, there is no clear end in sight.
Recent trends confirm that the impacts from COVID-19 will continue. While death rates in states like New York and Arizona are decreasing, states like Georgia and Florida are seeing climbing infection rates. Local hotspots like Danbury, Connecticut, have emerged, and eight states (thus far) have had spikes in cases caused by the large Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. In response, some states and local governments are implementing controls. For example, Illinois is taking some preventative safety measures, and Oahu, Hawaii issued a two-week lockdown to address increasing infection rates.