According to a CNN report, people who let down their guard and got too close to others over Labor Day weekend should get tested for Covid-19, White House coronavirus task coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has said.
Why Such A Directive?
Much of the coronavirus spread by people who don’t have symptoms is happening between and within families and in settings such as neighborhood parties, Birx said Thursday at a media briefing at the University of South Carolina.
“Just because we know someone, we think that there’s no way that they could have Covid, but I want to tell you, you can’t tell,” said Birx.“We really encourage all of you to continue to get tested when you’ve had that kind of exposure, so we can stop community spread,” she added.
“Our nature is to want to be with others and socialize,” Birx told reporters. “What we’re asking people to do is to socialize smart.”
Outbreak Linked To Fraternity Parties
A cluster of Covid-19 cases was linked to a fraternity party at the University of New Hampshire. More than 100 people attended the August 29 event and few wore masks. Eleven people connected to the party have tested positive for the virus, university officials said.
Students Asked To Restrict Movements
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is directing all undergraduate students to restrict their movements for the next two weeks in an attempt to reverse the rise in Covid-19 cases.In a memo to students, faculty and staff this week, Chancellor Rebecca Blank called on students to severely limit in-person interactions and stay in their residences except for essential activities. The university directed nine campus fraternities and sororities with off-campus live-in houses to quarantine for at least 14 days.
- Some of the highest number of cases are at Miami University, University of South Carolina, Ohio State University and East Carolina University, all of which have over 1,000 confirmed cases.
- The University of Missouri has 862 confirmed cases while Missouri State University has 791, a CNN tally shows.
Young People Spreading This To Vulnerable People
- The seven-day average of new daily reported infections in the US was about 35,300 as of Wednesday, down from a peak average of 67,317 on July 22, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
- The country’s Covid-19 death rate also has dipped. The seven-day average of new daily deaths was 734 Wednesday, after it was above 1,000 from late July to August 20, JUH data show.
Cases aren’t falling in every state. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that his state’s statistics were “getting worse by the day,” and urged residents to do more to combat the spread.
West Virginia’s seven-day average of new daily cases was 165 on Wednesday, up from around 100 at the end of August and around 50 at the start of July.“This situation right now is really critical,” Justice said.
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