White House coronavirus task force planner Dr. Deborah Birx listens to President Donald Trump speak throughout a news conference about his administrations action to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at the White House on July 23 in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
White House coronavirus task force organizer Dr. Deborah Birx on Tuesday offered some dire warnings for states that remain in the task force-defined “yellow zone” for cases and test positivity, which she said are different from break outs across the country earlier this year..
On a call Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and numerous guvs, she said there has been “substantial enhancement” in “red zone” states Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona following orders to close bars, decrease indoor dining, and need making use of masks. The task force defines its “red zone” states as more than 100 cases per 100,000 individuals and more than 10% test positivity.
But she said there are still increasing cases and test positivity in other “red zone” states: Mississippi, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia, Idaho, and Arkansas..
Birx said “yellow zone” states, which the job force defines as having in between 10 and 100 cases per 100,000 and 5-10% test positivity, have actually had a similar profile to “red zone” states: “Starting with the 20 to 30 year-olds providing as a very first wave.”.
” Remember, the bulk of those are asymptomatic so if you anticipate to see hospitalizations, by the time you see hospitalization, your neighborhood spread is so prevalent that youve flipped into a red state incredibly rapidly,” Birx said..
She said the task force is working with governors and mayors in the following places: Colorado, the District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minneapolis, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
The job force, Birx said, is talking with these places “about increasing mitigation efforts now due to the fact that if we wait till increased hospitalizations it is truly way far too late. Due to the fact that what we are experiencing now is truly various than March and April, its extremely various from the outbreaks of May that was generally included. This prevalent community spread in the younger age group both rural and very metropolitan and urban areas so by the time you see it approximately 80-90% of your counties currently have more than 10%.”.
Birx revealed concern for significant metros like Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as Californias Central Valley, and applauded Alabama Gov. Kay Iveys mask mandate, which she said is having a “significant effect.”.
Pence reiterated that the administration does not desire another closure– something, he said, “We dont ever wish to see once again,” however indicated studies that show that the usage of masks, bar closures, restricting outside dining, and restricting social events are having similar effect as safeguarding in location previously this year. He advised guvs in “yellow zone” states “take a difficult appearance” at those 4 procedures “whether it be on a statewide basis or a county-by-county basis.”.
” Well support your decision, however I believe your huge message to these states that might be emerging is do not wait,” Pence stated..
The task force, Birx said, is talking with these places “about increasing mitigation efforts now because if we wait till increased hospitalizations it is actually way too late. Due to the fact that what we are experiencing now is really various than March and April, its very various from the break outs of May that was normally contained.