CDC director: Winter could be ‘most difficult time in the public health history of this nation’


The U.S. could see another 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the next three months if people don’t take mitigation measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing seriously, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” largely because of the stress to the health system, CDC Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

The coronavirus is surging across the entire nation, and the health care system is being strained nearly to the breaking point in many states. At least 270,000 people have died, including nearly 2,600 on Tuesday, the highest single-day death toll of the pandemic so far.

Redfield said 90 percent of hospitals are in the red zone, 

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Arkansas governor warns of ‘difficult’ decisions over virus


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor on Thursday warned the state faced “difficult” decisions if the state’s hospitals run out of space because of a surge in coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson repeated his resistance to additional restrictions on businesses, despite the state hitting a record number of hospitalizations and growth in cases. The Republican governor called adhering to social distancing and the state’s mask mandate the first solution, but said he’s watching hospital capacity closely.

“The only thing that will trigger anything is that if we don’t have any hospital space to deal with,” Hutchinson said in a discussion with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and the Arkansas Municipal League broadcast live on Facebook. “Then you have to start making some very, very difficult decisions that you don’t want to have to make.”

The Department of Health said Arkansas’ probable and confirmed virus cases rose Thursday by

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Arkansas Governor Warns of ‘Difficult’ Decisions Over Virus | Arkansas News


By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor on Thursday warned the state faced “difficult” decisions if the state’s hospitals run out of space because of a surge in coronavirus cases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson repeated his resistance to additional restrictions on businesses, despite the state hitting a record number of hospitalizations and growth in cases. The Republican governor called adhering to social distancing and the state’s mask mandate the first solution, but said he’s watching hospital capacity closely.

“The only thing that will trigger anything is that if we don’t have any hospital space to deal with,” Hutchinson said in a discussion with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and the Arkansas Municipal League broadcast live on Facebook. “Then you have to start making some very, very difficult decisions that you don’t want to have to make.”

The Department of Health said Arkansas’ probable and confirmed

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