White House COVID task force urges residents to remain cautious as things improve
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explained Friday why those guidelines aren’t ready yet at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing. Ad“Six weeks ago, only 8% of seniors -- those most vulnerable to COVID -- had received a vaccination,” said White House advisor Andy Slavitt. States that allowed on-site dining in restaurants had a 3% increase in COVID deaths within 100 days. “I think the science is now following the messaging that we have, and the messaging has followed the science. “This is not the first report that demonstrates the impact of in-person dining and how cases and deaths will follow after in-person dining.
‘The next 3 months are pivotal,’ -- White House aims to vaccinate every adult by June
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal health officials are urging U.S. residents to hold on just for a few months longer. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said they are months away from being able to vaccinate every adult in the country. READ: Why Michigan officials felt now was right time to loosen COVID-19 restrictions“The next three months are pivotal,” Walensky said. How this plays out is up to us.”White House advisor Andy Slavitt said they hope the country will rally together and finish the race. The CDC is expected to release new guidelines Thursday on what fully vaccinated people can do to stay safe.
White House coronavirus task force holds news briefing
WASHINGTON – Members of the White House coronavirus task force held a news briefing on Thursday afternoon to discuss the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The news conference comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across the U.S. Conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages across the U.S. at an unrelenting pace and the confirmed death toll surpasses 250,000. The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.
Watch: President-elect Joe Biden says US faces ‘dark winter,’ masks needed
WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Joe Biden is warning the United States is “still facing a very dark winter” as he unveils plans for addressing COVID-19 pandemic. Even as hopes of a vaccine lifted stocks, Biden said Monday another 200,000 lives could be lost before it is widely available. The Democratic president-elect and vice president-elect sat at separate, individual socially distanced tables and took notes as the members introduced themselves on Monday. The task force briefing was at the Queen, a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden’s campaign built a studio and other communications infrastructure and has spent months organizing virtual meetings and speeches. Also part of the group is Rick Bright, a whistleblower who was demoted after criticizing the Trump administration’s pandemic response.
Dr. Deborah Birx visits Michigan: Thank you for following the guidelines
White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx visited Michigan Wednesday, after leaving Chicago, to discuss the states response to COVID-19. Tell the people here in Michigan, Thank you, for following the guidelines and the mandate in keeping your cases down, Birx said. Birx is hoping things wont become worse with Labor Day weekend days away. Were going into Labor Day. So lets over this Labor Day weekend really protect one another.
LIVE STREAM: President Trump leads first coronavirus task force briefing since April
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a White House coronavirus task force news briefing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday for the first time since April. The task force has held news briefings since then, but President Trump has not participated in them. Trumps resumption of the coronavirus task force news briefings comes as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are spiking across the country. COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been increasing by about 400,000 new cases each week since June 29. Texas reported an increase of 74,000 cases and California reported an increase of 64,000 additional cases in the last week.
Democrats say White House blocking CDC head from testifying
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON House Democrats are criticizing the White House for blocking the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from testifying at a public hearing on safely reopening the nation's schools. Democrats said they invited CDC officials, including director Robert Redfield, to testify at a hearing next Thursday but were rebuffed by the White House. A committee spokesperson said the panel asked for any CDC official to testify but was rejected. A White House spokesperson said Friday that Dr. Redfield has testified on Capitol Hill at least four times over the last three months.
CDC: No rewriting of guidelines for reopening schools
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON Despite President Donald Trump's sharp criticism, federal guidelines for reopening schools are not being revised, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Redfield commented a day after Trump complained the reopening guidelines were very tough and expensive and the CDC was asking schools to do very impractical things. Speaking of CDC officials, he tweeted, I will be meeting with them.!!!" On Wednesday, at a White House coronavirus task force briefing, Vice President Mike Pence said new CDC guidelines would be coming out next week. I want to make it very clear that what is not the intent of CDCs guidelines is to be used as a rationale to keep schools closed, he said. In his tweet on Wednesday, Trump did not clarify which of the CDC guidelines he opposed.
LIVE STREAM: White House coronavirus task force holds briefing
WASHINGTON The White House coronavirus task force will host a news conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. Other states like Texas and California also reported an increase of around 48,000 COVID-19 cases each in the last week. COVID-19 cases are climbing at a rapid pace in Arizona, Georgia, North and South Carolina and more states. As of Tuesday the state is reporting a total of 66,627 COVID-19 cases and 6,005 deaths. New Michigan COVID-19 cases per day since June 22:
As virus grows, governors rely on misleading hospital data
Public health officials and experts say the heavy reliance on statewide hospital data is a misleading and sometimes irresponsible metric to justify keeping a state open or holding back on imposing new limits. The issue of hospital capacity has gained urgency across the nation this week as Florida, Texas, California, Arizona and other states reported skyrocketing case numbers. Governors have repeatedly invoked hospital capacity in arguing against new business restrictions, though the dynamic began to shift Friday when Texas and Florida clamped down on bars amid an increasingly dire situation with COVID-19. Hospital beds in Houston are filling so fast that Texas Childrens Hospital is starting to treat adult patients, and 97% of ICU beds at Texas Medical Center were in use. Ducey has condemned as misinformation the notion that hospital space is running short, even as state data shows that 85% of Arizonas hospital beds are occupied.
Watch live: White House coronavirus task force holds briefing
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)WASHINGTON – Watch coronavirus livestream coverage of the outbreak as COVID-19 spreads, impacting markets and daily life across the U.S. and abroad. As of Saturday more than 278,000 coronavirus cases were reported worldwide. To date globally more at least 11, 570 people have died.