White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that there were ‘active discussions’ on a range of measures to combat rising COVID cases – including mask mandates – but declined to say whether restaurants and concert venues would see more restrictions.
She said any changes in policy would be guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The issue was brought up in Psaki’s daily press briefing after Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the CDC was examining whether to reinstate mask guidance even for fully vaccinated people in public.
‘This is under active consideration,’ Fauci told CNN.
Psaki said there were a number of things discussed among health experts as the number of COVID cases has risen nearly 300% over the past three weeks.
‘I would say for any of these recommendations we are always going to be guided by our North Star, and that is the CDC and our health and medical experts,’ she said.
‘There, of course, is an active discussion about a range of steps that can be taken as there has been from the first day this administration. Certainly, the surge in cases and not being vaccinated because of the Delta variant prompts – you know – even more discussion about what actions can be taken,’ she added.
She wouldn’t answer if restrictions would come into play when people are in crowded conditions, such as eating in a restaurant, going to a concert or visiting a museum.
‘The president favors using the CDC as his North Star and with the health and medical experts are going to advise on how to save more lives and protect people,’ Psaki said when asked about the issue.
‘He believes that we should be guided by the science and by the data, and so he will look to his health and the medical team to advise on what steps we should take,’ she added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were ‘active discussions’ on a range of measures to combat rising COVID cases – including mask mandates
White House press secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t answer if restrictions would come into play when people are in crowded conditions, such as eating in a restaurants or going to a concert
Her comments came as President Joe Biden pleaded with people to get vaccinated.
‘We have to,’ Biden said Monday during an event in the Rose Garden, when asked how the administration will get the unvaccinated vaccinated.
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to rise rapidly across the U.S. as the Delta variant tightens its grip on the country.
Psaki said on Monday that vaccinations are on the rise, particularly in states with low rates.
‘Last week the five states with the highest case rates, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California had a higher rate of people getting newly vaccinated compared to the national average. Again, this is a positive trend,’ she said at her White House press briefing.
‘And just one more recent proof point in the reporting period from yesterday, nearly half a million Americans made the decision to get their first shot. Numbers like this signal to us, people are understanding the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated, and rightfully so,’ she noted.
On Sunday, the country recorded 15,711 new cases with a seven-day rolling average of 52,116, which is a 291 percent increase from the 13,305 average recorded three weeks ago.
Every single state and the District of Columbia is reporting either infections rising or holding steady in the last week, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
Additionally, 56 COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Sunday with a seven-day rolling average of 281.
Fatalities, which are a lagging indicator, have not dramatically risen but instead have slightly increased by 17 percent from the average of 239 recorded three weeks prior.
Health officials say this is because people now are protected by vaccines, though in states that have less vaccine uptake hospitals are starting to fill up as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads.
Florida, Missouri and Texas – which currently make up 40 percent of all U.S. cases – are seeing hospitalized patients record-high levels and doctors say they are now bracing for a fourth wave.
Every single state and the District of Columbia is reporting either coronavirus infections rising or holding steady in the last week
Florida continues to leads the nation in COVID-19 cases with an average of 18,292 cases per day, data from Johns Hopkins University show.
That is a 439 percent from 3,392 average cases reported two weeks ago.