President Donald Trump celebrated the decline in death rates in a series of weekend tweets.
“In a certain way, our tremendous Testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES. In the meantime, Deaths and the all important Mortality Rate goes down,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday also highlighted lower mortality rates as a sign of success in the administration’s coronavirus response.
“This president takes Covid seriously, but we should note the mortality rate and how well we’re doing vis-à-vis to the rest of the world,” McEnany told Fox News.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday said there were no plans to shut the economy down again.
“We have to adjust our personal lifestyle in a temporary basis because help is on the way,” Meadows said on Fox and Friends, touting the likelihood of a coronavirus vaccine.
Meadows said President Donald Trump would be willing to wear a mask in tight quarters, but said mask mandates should be a state issue.
Later Monday morning, American medical organizations urged the public to wear masks and physically distance as coronavirus cases spike.
“This is why as physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders, researchers and public health experts, we are urging the American public to take the simple steps we know will help stop the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands,” the letter read, signed by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association.
“We are not powerless in this public health crisis, and we can defeat it in the same way we defeated previous threats to public health—by allowing science and evidence to shape our decisions and inform our actions,” the organizations wrote.
After Florida reported 11,445 cases on Saturday, local officials are taking steps to roll back the reopening of the economy.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Monday signed an emergency order closing gyms, party venues, and ballrooms and only allowing restaurants to operate with takeout and delivery services.
Florida has recorded a total of 200,111 coronavirus cases and 3,832 deaths as of July 5, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.
This morning, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told CNN that the city’s hospitals were nearly at capacity.
“When we opened, people began to socialize as if the coronavirus didn’t exist, and I think they forgot how incredibly efficient the coronavirus is at propagating, and how incredibly efficient it is at spreading,” Suarez told CNN.
Suarez called for a national mask mandate and said it was no different than requiring seatbelts to be worn. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber echoed that sentiment and pleaded with the president to set an example by portraying mask-wearing as a show of strength.
“That would help so much because right now people are looking for a message that is the path of least resistance,” Gelber told CNN. “And when the president of the United States gives them a path of least resistance, they’re taking it, and it’s killing people right now.”