White House COVID-19 Response Team held briefing after 6-week hiatus

The last press briefing was held on April 5, 2022

FILE - White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, April 26, 2022. Speaking to the Associated Press, Jha said Americans' immune protection from the virus is waning and the virus is adapting to be more contagious, and that booster doses for most people will be necessary with the potential for enhanced protection from a new generation of shots. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file) (Susan Walsh, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The White House COVID-19 Response Team held a briefing after a six-week hiatus.

The briefing came after the United States reached one million deaths from COVID. The confirmed number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days, according to the Associated Press.

The virtual press briefing was held at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (May 18) regarding the pandemic.

Watch a recording of the event in the video player below (or click here).

Henry Ford Health urges people to take precautions against COVID: ‘We’re in a surge right now’

Henry Ford Health is issuing a warning to its hospitals are they see an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

As of Tuesday, there are 87 COVID patients admitted or in the emergency department waiting on an inpatient bed.

Dr. Dennis Cunningham is urging people to move gatherings outdoors as cases have started to surge.

“There is no question that we’re in a surge right now and that if you’re at risk for severe COVID disease, you should certainly wear a mask when you go out and anyone who doesn’t want to get sick wear a mask. That’s the easiest way to stop transmission,” said Cunningham.

The doctor explains that he has his vaccine and boosters and is now starting to wear a mask when going to the grocery stores again.

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