Adm. Giroir: Coronavirus Surge Not Just Result of More Testing

Henrietta Strickland
July 3, 2020

Why it matters: President Trump said at a press conference just hours earlier that the U.S.is getting the coronavirus "under control".

Assistant Health Secretary Brett Giroir said Thursday that the rate of positive COVID-19 cases has increased, challenging an earlier claim made by President Trump that the only reason the US has seen such a spike in coronavirus cases was because of expanded testing for the virus.

The Assistant Secretary for Health recently claimed the U.S.is not flattening the COVID-19 curve. He and other top members of his administration have sought to downplay the growing surge in infections as largely a product of increased testing. But we do believe this is a real increase in cases, because of the percent positivities are going up.

The big picture:The number of coronavirus cases increased in almost every state over the last week.

Those states are California, Arizona, Texas and Florida - which all posted record new cases this week, according to Johns Hopkins data. "We've seen states not reopen and have a lot of cases".

In a separate committee briefing on Wednesday, Giroir suggested that the country's coronavirus testing is close to pushing the limits of its capacity. On Thursday, Brett Giroir announced coronavirus cases are rising in many states due to a lack of social distancing and insufficient use of face masks.

Trump had pushed states to reopen before meeting the measures set by the guidelines, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that is not regretted by the administration. "I think we've had a very careful plan working with the states - this is primarily the states' responsibility - but working with the states".

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