Coronavirus Task Force’s Dr. Birx ‘concerned’ about COVID-19 numbers in Atlanta

A private call revealed Atlanta is one of nine cities in the U.S. with a concerning rate of positive coronavirus infections.

August 7, 2020
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According to a report from the Center for Public Integrity, White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx cited Atlanta as one of 10  American cities with a concerning rate of Covid-19 cases.

Birx revealed this information on a call with state and local officials this week.

“We are seeing encouraging signs across the South,” Birx said according to the report. “We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level — [also] Kansas City, Portland, Omaha [and] of course what we talked about in the Central Valley [of California].”

Fulton County has recorded more than 3,500 cases in the last two weeks.

According to the report Birx also encouraged residents places with a high percentage of coronavirus cases or positive tests to stop family gatherings.

The report included a comment from a White House spokesman saying the Coronavirus Task Force is providing "tailored recommendations weekly to every governor and health commissioner for their states and counties."

"From the beginning, this has been a locally executed, state managed, federally supported response as local leaders are best positioned to make on-the-ground decision for their communities armed with CDC guidelines and best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19," the statement read. "As the President has said, the cure cannot be worse than the disease and the United States will not be shut down again.”