Task Force Report Says 18 Coronavirus “Red Zone” States Should Cancel Reopening

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The “red zone” is defined in the 359-page report as “the basic statistical zones (CBSA) and counties which, during the past week, have reported both new cases greater than 100 per 100,000 population and a diagnostic test positivity result greater than 10%. . ”

The report describes the actions that the red zone counties should take. He encourages residents to “wear a mask at all times outside the home and to maintain a physical distance”. And he recommends that officials “close bars and gymnasiums” and “limit social gatherings to 10 people or less”, which would mean removing the reopening provisions in those places.

The report comes despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that states reopen and pressure to send local children back to school, even if cases are increasing.

“Now we are open, and we want to stay open and we will stay open. We do not close. We will put out the fires when they come out, “Trump said at a White House event earlier this month.

The following states are in the red zone for cases: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The report states that the following 11 states are in the red zone for the positivity of the test: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Washington. The 11 states in the red zone for positive tests are also in the red zone for cases, with the exception of Washington State.

Devin O’Malley, spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence and the task force, did not dispute the authenticity of the document and said the report showed “encouraging signs” in the midst of the pandemic.

“When the Vice President held a press briefing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the HHS a few weeks ago, he reported that 16 states met the criteria for increased cases and higher rates of positivity. As it stands in this report, there are only 10 states that this is just a data point from many encouraging signs that we are seeing across the country as we continue to respond to the pandemic of coronavirus, “O’Malley said in a statement.

Dr. Deborah Birx also said earlier this month that people living in states suffering from coronavirus outbreaks should revert to the original White House phase one recommendations on rallies.

Citing directives such as wearing face masks and avoiding bars and indoor events, Birx said these steps should be repeated in order to get things under control.

She said that they were “asking the American people in these countries and states not only to use these face covers, not to go to bars, not to go to indoor dinners, but really to don’t congregate in homes either. our recommendation from the first phase, which was 10 or less. ”

Birx praised the importance of wearing a mask and said that “any type of indoor gathering” should be avoided in areas experiencing peak traffic in cases.

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