Coronavirus: Industry Leaders and Health Officials Urge Trump to Listen to Data

Global cases of COVID-19 topped 2 million and at least 134,000 people have died worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Yet despite this, the White House has circulated a draft plan that advises areas with low numbers of coronavirus infections to begin pulling back on social distancing measures after May 1st if they meet certain specifications. As NBC News explained, “the plan stopped short of giving specific metrics for how communities would know whether or when they fall into that category.”

Why This Matters: Local and state leaders, as well as the business community, are concerned about what an early return to work will mean for public health and the economy. On a call with the newly-formed White House business council, industry executives expressed that there would need to be guarantees of ramped-up coronavirus testing before people return to work. State health officials also reiterated that there would be no quick end to social distancing–certainly not by May 1st.

One Cool Thing: High school seniors who are missing out on all the events of their senior year have taken to social media to ask former President Barack Obama to deliver a virtual commencement address to the class of 2020.

Growing Inequity: In New Mexico, Native American tribes and pueblos have been disproportionately impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to new data released Tuesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration. As the Daily Mail reported, the Navajo Nation has reported the highest coronavirus cases per capita outside of New York and New Jersey with tribes more vulnerable to infection because of high rates of heart problems and living closer together.

California’s Successful Response: The nation’s most populous state has managed to stay ahead of the curve on mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Part of that success has come from an early and decisive response by Governor Gavin Newsom as well as local leaders who took no chances in issuing early shelter in place orders.

The Peak: Yesterday, President Trump declared that the United States has “passed the peak” of the coronavirus outbreak. It’s still uncertain if experts agree with the assertion. Models predict a range of outcomes and the best we can do is to work to avoid the worst scenarios.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also said yesterday that large gatherings such as sports events and concerts would probably not be allowed in the city until 2021.

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