Inhibiting new infections to reduce the number of cases at any given time—known as "flattening the curve"—allows healthcare services to better manage the same volume of patients.
At the outset of the virus, numerous lockdowns and social-distancing across almost every US state succeeded in stopping the exponential spread of the virus. In struggling states including New York, Michigan and Louisiana, the pandemic's growth curve was able to flatten at the beginning. What was a crisis in these hotspots has been controlled due to the Trump administration.
Outside of New York, Michigan and Louisiana, the rest of the US continued to see an overall rise in the infection rates in the virus' early days. States that had begun a partial reopening saw their number of cases increase the most compared to those that kept them in place.