HHS Official: U.S. Is No Longer ‘Flattening The Curve’ Of COVID Pandemic
Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Thursday that the U.S. is no longer “flattening the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill.
- Giroir told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis: “We are not flattening the curve right now. The curve is still going up.”
- The officials said the curve was successfully flattened at one point but cases are now on the rise in the U.S., particularly in the South and West.
- The Hill reported that “Arizona, California, Florida and Texas make up about 50 percent of the new cases in the U.S. every day.”
The U.S. reported 50,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, surpassing previous single-day highs and levels seen when New York was the epicenter of the epidemic.
- President Trump and other administration officials initially blamed an increase in testing for the rise in U.S. cases, but Giroir said Thursday that this is not the case.
“There is no question the more testing you do the more you will uncover, but we do believe this is a real increase in cases because the percent positive [tests] is going up,” he said.
- Giroir also said "that the administration believes the current outbreaks are due to people under the age of 35 gathering without wearing masks or following social distancing measures."