The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, announced an extended state of emergency until October this year.
Due to the spike in coronavirus cases in the district, people are not getting their diagnostic tests on time, which is causing additional stress among the population and the medical officials.
Regarding the delay of the test results, Bowser said: “We have some internal capacity which we’ve maxed out.”
According to the mayor, people who are undergoing COVID-19 testing should stay in quarantine for 14 days, with or without having the results.
The reason for this is obvious. Self-isolation helps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in case you are infected.
Jurisdictions no longer have to report coronavirus testing data to the Centers for Disease Control, which according to Bowser is a political decision: “I think all of us in hearing that announcement were concerned that there was some political motive behind it.”
Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services had officially confirmed that the COVID-19 patients’ data will no longer be sent to CDC but redirect to the Trump administration instead.
Bowser said that all data from coronavirus testing in the district will be delivered to the governmental agencies, “but we want to make sure it’s going to get to the hands of the scientists.,” the mayor ended her statement.