By AJ Willingham – CNN
May 25, 2020
The long Memorial Day weekend saw thousands of Americans flock to summer haunts — often without regard for social distancing rules or other coronavirus safety precautions. Crowds packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana, among other places. Many ventured out without masks, and others failed to keep their distance, even as officials highlighted the continued importance of both to prevent another surge of infections. That surge is already happening in some places. Arkansas’ governor said the state is experiencing a “second peak” after a deep dip in cases. All in all, cases are trending upward in 18 states, and the nationwide death toll is slowly approaching 100,000. As of last evening, it was above 98,218 — more than the number of US troops killed in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined.