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The window for fully containing the coronavirus has passed in some parts of the U.S. and the White House now aims to minimize its impact, according to Bloomberg.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to roll out a wider mitigation strategy later Tuesday for places dealing with outbreaks, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a hearing in Washington on Tuesday.  

“In general, we’re in a containment, blended mitigation,” Redfield said. “In some areas we’re in high mitigation.”

The mitigation plans are an acknowledgment that efforts to track down and contain individual cases has failed in some places, and that COVID-19 is spreading outside the confines of quarantines and isolation. 

The measures are expected to be the types that U.S. health officials and experts have discussed for weeks, including canceling large gatherings such as sports matches, closing some schools, asking people to work from home, and taking steps to protect vulnerable populations such as the elderly or those with preexisting health conditions. 

“The United States was always going to see a substantial number of cases,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, splitting from President Trump’s public assessments of the crisis. Trump has repeatedly stated the U.S. had contained the virus. 

Redfield said the U.S.’s failure to quickly roll out tests for the virus impeded early efforts. It took weeks for state and local labs to get working tests for the virus because of flaws with the original CDC tests.

“If you’re a week late,” Redfield told Congress, “it matters.”

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