As the numbers continue to rise, President-elect Joe Biden gets to work to fight the deadly virus. He posted some on his transition website on Sunday.
His initial plan calls for doubling the number of testing sites, investing in rapid home testing, creating a nationwide pandemic dashboard and mobilizing 100,000 Americans for contact tracing.
His plan also calls on all governors to issue a mask warrant.
“We still have opportunities to get this under control and reduce those numbers, but it’s going to be left to the individual, it’s nothing to the mayor, the county judge, [or] the governor can do it, ”said Dr David Persse, the City of Houston health authority.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a mask warrant over the summer. It is forcing people to wear face masks in public in counties with more than 20 confirmed positive cases.
Persse said: “It’s painful when the governor has to lock things down. It hurts the economy, so let’s not go there. Let’s keep this under control with what we can do now. ”
As Biden makes the transition, it is not clear whether President Donald Trump’s administration will grant Biden’s new task force access to federal agencies. But, the work with the governors could start as soon as possible.
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