Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic the United States has been in various states of emergency. Not limited to the federal level, each state and municipality is throttling in their own various, official states of emergency which give power to local leaders they wouldn't normally have.
Now, more than three months of living under the umbrella of state-wide, city-wide, county-wide, and even national emergency orders, there seems to be no end in sight for having to blindly obey at whim, life-altering decrees from bureaucrats. The country as a whole has met and surpassed many of the criteria leaders set out as their original goals, but that ultimate power has not been relinquished on any level. Governors, mayors, and various administrations have continued to wield "emergency" power, promising the people they were elected to lead that it was in their best interest, whether they agreed or not.
As the novel virus found a new foothold over the last few weeks, combined with increased testing, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 went up. This was not unexpected and many experts, including Drs. Birx, Fauci, and Redfield of the White House Coronavirus Task Force confirmed that the numbers were within ranges they anticipated. In fact, they all claimed, these new spikes in numbers across the U.S. South and in parts of the West are nothing like the beginning days of the virus in terms of danger. Rather than encouraging massive shutdowns and suspensions of reopening efforts, they suggested people continue to social-distance, and wear masks when they couldn't. Reasonably, they recommended that vulnerable people isolate themselves and sick people quarantine themselves.