- Trump administration officials sent states weekly COVID-19 reports
- Confidential but often leaked reports painted a more dire picture of the pandemic than officials painted in White House briefings
- President Biden pledged transparency and to release weekly reports to the public
- The first previously ‘hidden’ set of reports was released by the HHS on Thursday, and announced in a tweet from the White House COVID-19 data coordinator
UK Daily Mail: For months, the Trump administration sent weekly updates to state officials that revealed how bad COVID-19 really was in their jurisdictions, but told them the reports were confidential communications.
Following on President Biden’s promise of transparency, the same reports were unsealed and publicly released for the first time on Thursday.
The new reports reveal a national map that is still mostly in the red – meaning 200 or more people are dying per capita in a week in most counties.
It’s been a dismal month for South Carolina, which has reported 27,388 new infections in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The state hit record high case and death rates the week prior, and today confirmed the nation’s first case of the more infectious, potentially vaccine-resistant South African coronavirus variant.
Pennsylvania joined Arizona as the two states with the highest one-week death tolls between January 16 and January 22. Each saw 15.1 or more new fatalities for every 100,000 people.
The White House expressed cautious optimism that the pandemic may be plateauing in the US on Wednesday, but also warned that the improvements are delicate. read more