CDC Director Warns Against States’ Rollback of Coronavirus Public Health Measures

HeadlineMar 02, 2021

Governors around the United States have begun rolling back restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 — even as the U.S. recorded another 58,000 new infections and 1,500 COVID-19 deaths on Monday. Daily cases are down from January’s record highs but have plateaued at rates comparable to last summer’s peak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned Monday that steps to reopen public spaces may be coming too soon.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “We cannot be resigned to 70,000 cases a day, 2,000 daily deaths.”

Los Angeles County has begun vaccinating all school staff and is planning on reopening elementary schools and preschools by April 9. Meanwhile, children in Chicago returned to in-person classes Monday for the first time in nearly a year.

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