Trump Plan Seeks to Classify Counties by COVID-19 Risk, Relax Social Distancing Restrictions

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In a Thursday letter to U.S. Governors, President Donald Trump stated his administration is engaged on new tips for the mitigation of coronavirus, together with the potential loosening of social distancing restrictions and rating U.S. counties by coronavirus neighborhood unfold danger issue.

These new directives could also be related to Trump’s projection of reopening companies within the U.S. towards the start of April, a deadline some say can be too early.

“My Administration is working to publish new guidelines for State and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place,” Trump’s letter learn.

“This is what we envision: Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” the letter continued. “This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country. Under these data-driven criteria, we will suggest guidelines categorizing counties as high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk.”

Trump Plan Seeks to Classify Counties by COVID-19 Risk, Relax Social Distancing Restrictions
President Donald Trump stated in a Thursday letter to U.S. governors that his administration could also be revising its present coronavirus tips. Drew Angerer/Getty

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated throughout a Tuesday press convention that Trump’s estimate of issues returning to regular by April was “absolutely inconceivable.”

“April will unquestionably be worse than March and right now my fear is May could be worse than April,” de Blasio stated. “That’s the reality we’re facing.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated Tuesday that coronavirus might hit its peak in early April, calling the speed of an infection a “freight train coming across the country.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee stated throughout a Thursday press convention that the keep at dwelling order enacted in his state could also be prolonged previous its unique two-week parameter.

“The reason is, we simply cannot allow this virus to explode,” Inslee stated. “It’s crucial that we all maintain social distancing.”

“It would not be sufficient to knock down [the rate of coronavirus infection] for two weeks and then have it come roaring back,” Inslee added.

Newsweek reached out to the workplaces of each Inslee and de Blasio, however didn’t obtain a response in time for publication.

Both New York and Washington have grow to be coronavirus hotspots, with New York figures totaling almost one-third of all home instances within the U.S. Recent information signifies 37,738 whole instances of coronavirus are centered in New York.

While Trump advised Fox News on Tuesday that he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he additionally advised reporters on Tuesday that any determination on the date for reopening U.S. companies can be “based on hard facts and data.”

Trump stated he picked the Easter vacation as a possible deadline as a result of he “thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline. It’s a great day.”