Over 80,000 Americans dead from coronavirus as state economies begin to reopen

Virginia is getting ready to start Phase One of reopening on Friday.
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Posted at 6:57 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 07:29:13-04

Over 80,000 Americans are dead from coronavirus as state economies, including those in Hampton Roads, are starting to reopen.

Businesses are desperate to reopen, but some health experts say it shouldn't happen too fast.

Virginia is getting ready to start Phase One of reopening on Friday. North Carolina started last Friday.

News 3 has talked to a lot of struggling businesses that are excited to start bringing back customers, but what happens if we open too quickly?

That was a big talking point during the congressional hearings on Tuesday, that put the country's health experts virtually face-to-face with senators.

Some senators, like Elizabeth Warren and Mitt Romney say the U.S. testing response hasn't been good.

The Assistant Health Secretary said he believes the U.S. will be able to perform 40-50 million COVID-19 tests by September.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top expert and adviser on coronavirus, says even with more testing down the road, reopening economies too quickly could undo any progress we've made.

"There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control, which in fact, paradoxically, will set you back not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery." Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director.

Fauci says there is a lot he doesn't know, citing more than 150 kids infected with pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

There are concerns the illness could be connected with COVID-19.

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