Trump Shifts COVID Focus to Economy, Reopening
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to put the coronavirus behind him and the nation, pivoting his focus to highlighting plans to reopen the country even as the virus continues to spread.
As part of the effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be releasing new priorities for coronavirus testing Monday, including testing asymptomatic individuals who are in high-risk settings. The White House is set to unveil what it describes as a comprehensive overview of its efforts to make testing for COVID-19 more widely available, with the goal of having enough tests and supplies available for states to test at least 2.6% of their populations per month.
The recommendations include guidance such as closing break rooms at offices, using disposable menus in restaurants and having students eat lunch in their classrooms. The CDC put together so-called “decision trees” for at least seven types of organizations. Those include schools, camps, childcare centers, religious facilities, mass transit systems, workplaces and restaurants.
(Story written by ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN, KEVIN FREKING and MIKE STOBBE/AP)