Coronavirus Task Force Holds Press Briefing

Last updated July, 8th 2020 at 12:51 PM est

The coronavirus task force will provide updates on the outbreak amid state reopenings.

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  • Jul 08, 2020 12:50 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

And they're done

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:49 PM est | Cortney O'Brien        
Secretary DeVos Calls Out Fairfax County for Spring Learning 'Disaster'
  • Jul 08, 2020 12:49 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

Dr. Redfield just rolled his eyes at Kaitlan Collins

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:47 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

Uh oh

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:44 PM est | Matt Vespa       
  • Jul 08, 2020 12:44 PM est | Julio Rosas       

Dr. Birx: I think the Vice President talked about risk to children incredibly well. We know the mortality rate under 25 from CDC data is less than 0.1%. That's holding. Until we know how many have been infected, we have no evidence that there is significant mortality in children without coexisting diseases. We have to make sure we have turned every rock and understand that in detail.

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:43 PM est | Matt Vespa       
  • Jul 08, 2020 12:37 PM est | Julio Rosas       

Dr. Redfield: We really don't have evidence that children are driving the transmission cycle of this. 

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:36 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

CDC: Our recommendations are not mandates

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:35 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

This virus does not cause significant illness in children, unlike THE FLU. There are substantial health consequences to schools being closed, however, Dr. Redfield says. 

He says we have almost no evidence that children are community transmitters of this illness. 

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:34 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

VP on whether opening schools puts children's lives in danger: This risk of COVID19 infection in children is very low.

This is something experts have been saying for months now. No one seems to care. 

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:34 PM est | Julio Rosas       

VP Pence: I think every American knows that we can safely reopen our schools and we want, as the president said this morning, to make sure what we're doing doesn't stand in the way of doing that.

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:31 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

VP: We don't want CDC guidelines to prohibit reopening

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:31 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

VP Pence on whether Trump's vow to withhold federal funds was an idle threat: We will be looking for ways to give states "strong encouragement" to get kids back to schools

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:31 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

Question about putting kids at risk with the reopening of schools

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:25 PM est | Leah Barkoukis       

This isn't about health vs. the economy it's about health vs. health, Azar says.

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:24 PM est | Leah Barkoukis       

There are risks to keeping kids at home, too

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:23 PM est | Reagan Mccarthy       

Sec. Azar: HHS's perspective is that reopening schools is the best thing we can do for families

  • Jul 08, 2020 12:23 PM est | Ellie Bufkin       

Eugene Scalia: "The pace and structure of our national life depends on our children being in school, in person...we need our schools open in the fall."