CDC Director Warns States Against Prematurely Lifting Mask Mandates

Rochelle Walensky, who has been nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks on before US President-elect Joe Biden announces his team tasked with dealing with the Covid-19 ... Rochelle Walensky, who has been nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looks on before US President-elect Joe Biden announces his team tasked with dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020. - President-elect Joe Biden on December 7, 2020 named the team tasked with turning around the United States' floundering efforts to quell the Covid-19 pandemic, nominating Xavier Becerra as his secretary of health. Biden warned Congress must act or risk vaccine drive will 'slow or stall'. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Sunday warned state officials against lifting mask mandates, despite COVID-19 infections trending downward, after Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) rolled back the mitigation requirement in the past week.

Asked on “Meet the Press” whether it was too early for state officials to lift mask mandates, Walensky said “absolutely,” citing how nationwide there are still at about 100,000 cases a day and around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day.

“The cases are more than two and a half fold times what we saw over the summer,” Walensky said. “It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place.”

Walensky stressed that sending children back to school depends on the amount of community spread and that taking mitigation strategies seriously is necessary.

And as I said earlier, if we want to get our children back to school and I believe we all do, it all depends on how much community spread is out there,” Walensky said. “We need to all take responsibility to decrease that community spread, including mask wearing so that we can get our kids and our society back.”

Walensky also said the public can’t let its guard down, given the new and more contagious strains of the coronavirus that have been detected in the country.

“We have to continue wearing masks,” Walensky said. “We have to continue with our current mitigation measures. And we have to continue getting vaccinated as soon as that vaccine is available to us.”

Walensky issued a similar warning to state officials during her appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

Asked about Montana and Iowa lifting mask mandates, Walensky agreed that the move is “indeed” a mistake.

“I think we’re not out of the woods yet,” Walensky said. “We need to get our kids back to school. We need to get our communities back to some normal functioning before we can start thinking about letting up our mitigation strategies.”

On Friday, Walensky released updated guidance on reopening schools, which emphasized social distancing and mask wearing. The CDC’s updated guidance on reopening schools was issued weeks after President Biden issued an executive order mandating masks on federal property at the start of his presidency.

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  1. Which will instantly result in Red State Governors banning face masks, social distancing, personal hygiene, and any remote concept of the common good.

  2. Keep this up Rs and there will be none of you left to be a part of whatever or whenever the Republican Party or Trump “Patriot” Party forms.

  3. Those states that do not comply will see another even more devastating wave of disease and death.

    I can’t get vaccinated soon enough, and even that doesn’t guarantee that another even more deadly variant won’t come along and we find that the vaccine provides less protection than we need.

    By the way, it looks like researchers are speculating that the really dangerous variants are occurring when patients have compromised immune issues and the disease continues to mutate in their bodies over a very long time period of multiple months.

  4. We just heard this morning that our niece’s husband has COVID and is pretty sick (he is a young, healthy guy). He is “quarantining” in the first floor of their house, which is of course where everyone passes through. My niece is planning on holding a big in person birthday party for her 1 year old (her 5th child) next weekend. Not making this up.

    After a year of turning down invites to their house for all of the other birthday parties, etc., we are pretty much persona non grata though we always send a present. They are, of course, Trump supporters.

    It is sad to note that our reaction, at this point, is how the hell did it take so long?

    I find the efforts of Biden and all of the competent people he has selected to lead this charge inspiring and reassuring. To quote a well known program, I am looking for progress, not perfection. Tell me what to do and I will do it.

    It is time to unfuck America - and it is a monumental task. So far, so good. Keep it coming.

  5. No mask no vaccine.
    Die for the Dickheads.

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