COVID-19: What the Administration Knows and What They’re Telling Us

Oddly enough, they’re not the same. Last week, the Center for Public Integrity managed to get its hands on the daily report for July 14 that is prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The first thing to note is that there’s nothing Top Sekrit about the report–it should be made publicly available every day. After all, lots of websites put together these kinds of assessments, including assholes with blogs.

It’s also pretty clear that a high number of states have been ignoring the recommendations (boldface mine):

It’s clear some states are not following the task force’s advice. For instance, the document recommends that Georgia, in the red zone for both cases and test positivity, “mandate statewide wearing of cloth face coverings outside the home.” But Gov. Brian Kemp signed an order Wednesday banning localities from requiring masks.

The 18 states that are included in the red zone for cases in the document are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The 11 states that are in the red zone for test positivity are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

Being “in the red zone for test positivity” means the number of cases is massively underestimated (while we’re here, why infection rates among non-COVID-19 hospital admits aren’t being collected escapes me).

On to sunny point number three. You know what they’re not tracking? Fourteen day declines. Guess what they are tracking? Yep: prevalence. Go figure.

Releasing the report would shame a lot of governors and local officials into better policy (even if the guidelines are still too lax), though that would get in the way of Trump’s plan.

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