Vice President Mike Pence told the nation’s governors Monday that the country is in a better place than it was two months ago, but he wouldn’t minimize developments in the Sun Belt, which has seen a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19. This week, he and Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, are traveling to Arizona, now an epicenter of COVID infections.
Birx, dialing in from New Mexico, called Texas and Arizona “significant hotspots” with increasing positivity in New Mexico. She said officials are monitoring slow upticks in Ohio, Madison, Wisconsin and Knoxville, Tennessee. “We would like to work with those mayors and governors to really deploy some new testing techniques…to really test large populations at the community level,” Birx said.
“Although our mortality continues to decline week over week, we believe this week it will stabilize, with the potential of going back up if we don’t intervene comprehensively now,” she added.
As has been observed, Birx noted many of the cases involve individuals under the age of 40. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the message to young people needs to be that they are part of a dynamic to prevent the resurgence of coronavirus.