In a letter to the nation’s governors on Thursday, President Trump said his administration is working on new guidelines to help state and local policymakers to use in making “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing” based on geographic risk factors for the coronavirus.
“In furtherance of this shared goal, my administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place,” the president said in a Dear Governors letter.
The president said expanded testing from “robust surveillance testing” will allow officials to determine if a specific county is high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk areas for the virus and where the virus is spreading. Based on the data, the administration would use it to help in crafting the new guidelines that governors would apply to an area depending on its classification
“With each passing day, our increasingly extensive testing capabilities are giving us a better understanding of the virus and its path,” Trump wrote. “As testing gives us more information about who has been infected, we are tracking the virus and isolating it to prevent further spread. This new information will drive the next phase in our war against this invisible enemy.”
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The White House on March 16 issued the “Coronavirus Guidelines for America” for everyday American life to abide by in order to slow the widespread of the coronavirus over a 15-day period. On top of the federal strict guidelines, governors and local officials in their respective states largely implemented stricter measures such as stay-at-home orders, large gathering closing schools and or shuttered nonessential businesses.
The president didn’t specify say when the updated guidance will come, but the 15-day guidelines are set to expire early next week.
Thursday is the 11th day of the president’s 15-day guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus.