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Dr. Birx in Rochester on Saturday meeting with state and local healthcare leaders

KAAL-TV
Created: October 24, 2020 11:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump's adviser and member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce was in Rochester on Saturday and met with state and local healthcare leaders.

Dr. Birx spoke at the Rochester Community and Technical College and discussed concerns on the rising COVID-19 cases. Birx said indoor gatherings are contributing to the spike in cases. She also said that the people spreading the virus are those who do not show symptoms. 

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Currently, Minnesota ranks 19th in the country in the rate of new cases but that number is increasing, "It's rising at a rate that we hadn't seen through the summer or the spring and so we have deep concern about Minnesotans at this moment," Dr. Birx said.

Dr. Birx emphasized the need for expanded testing and tracing for those not showing symptoms. Another concern she mentioned was the spread of the new coronavirus in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and how one-third of workers in these places are testing positive.

Continuing to wear masks, handwashing, and social distancing will help to mitigate COVID-19, "The future does look devastating right now for the number of cases that we see. The potential for the rise in cases but we can stop that community spread if we work together," Birx said.


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