BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The White House Coronavirus Task Force sees troubling coronavirus numbers in 10 local areas across the country, including Baltimore, the group’s leader said Wednesday in a private call obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.

The private call was between task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx and state and local officials, according to the Center for Public Integrity.


“We are seeing encouraging signs across the South,” Birx said on a recording of the call obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. “We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level — [also] Kansas City, Portland, Omaha [and] of course what we talked about in the Central Valley [of California].

”Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia are also ‘concerning,’” Birx said.

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Comments (2)
  1. Mary Jane K. says:

    My sister lives in a stupid red state where they are going to send kids back to school so they can spread COVID. (We all know it will explode and they will shut them down in a couple weeks, with no other workable plan in place. COVID, you know. “it is what it is”- yeah something that kills people.
    It should be interesting, a good portion of the staff has quit. Sis did and she had a job with an online school in 3 days- they are all hiring qualified teachers & tutors to meet demand. Teaching safely from home is the sensible choice. How are they going to have school w/o teachers and staff??????????????

  2. chrissfarmer says:

    That’s ridiculous, the positive rate in B’more City is 6.15% and in Florida is up near 20% and Trump & Birx (a Trump toady) say they are doing a good job??? Oh yeah, his good GOP buddy buttkisser DeSantis is Governor!. Any large city will have a higher rate than the rest of the state as there is more population density in them & it spreads more easily. With Trump it is all about politics, he could care less about lives, especially of people not likely to vote for him. He pretends like FL does not have a very serious problem compared to other states. Well wake up, it does!

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