As US President Donald Trump painted a positive picture of the coronavirus pandemic and urged states to reopen businesses and schools across the country, data from the White House Coronavirus Task Force released on Monday show he was receiving increasingly dire reports of the spread of the pandemic in July. and August.
The special House subcommittee on the coronavirus on Monday released eight weeks of state reports compiled by the White House task force.
The task force publishes these reports weekly to the offices of governors of their respective states, and has previously refused to make them public or to confirm the authenticity of any of the reported data. There had been a discussion of a call with the governors earlier this month, the audio of which was obtained by CNN, regarding making certain data publicly available in real time, but that has yet to happen. product.
“Rather than being frank with the American people and creating a national plan to address the problem, the president and his facilitators have kept these alarming reports private while publicly downplaying the threat to millions of Americans,” the president of the United States. subcommittee James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, said in a statement.
The most recent of the eight reports released by the subcommittee is dated August 9. Since then, the course of the pandemic has changed, improving in some places and worsening in others.
The 459-page August 9 report includes a section for each state, which includes detailed case data from the state down to the county level, as well as detailed private recommendations to state and local authorities to slow the spread, including promoting social distancing and facial blankets, implementing contact tracing, and closing bars and nightclubs in “red zone” states.
The “red zone” indicates that there are more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population and / or that the positivity of the test is greater than 10%, as defined by the working group. There were 20 states in the “red zone” of the task force as of August 9.
The “yellow zone” indicates between 10 and 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants and / or positivity test between 5 and 10%, according to the definition of the working group. There were 28 states plus the District of Columbia in the “yellow zone”.
Only two states, Maine and Vermont, were in the green areas to test for positivity and cases.
On the same day the report was released, Trump claimed coronavirus cases were on the rise due to increased testing, which is refuted by the report’s many states with rising test positivity rates – that is that is, the proportion of people who test positive versus negative, which may signal an emerging epidemic.
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