Dr. Birx Says She's Concerned About Rising COVID-19 Cases in CA's Central Valley

Dr. Deborah Birx (GETTY)
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Dr. Debrorah Birx, the White House COVID-19 task force coordinator told California official in a call Wednesday that she's extremely concerned about the Central Valley in California. 

“We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level,” Birx said on the call. “Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, of course what we talked about in the Central Valley (in California)," Birx said. “This outbreak is different from the March, April outbreak in that it’s in both rural and urban areas,” Birx added, according to CNN

Birx added that both Nebraska and California have moved into the red category, with a more than 10% test positivity for COVID-19. 

“We’ve really seen that America is on the move and people are going on vacation,” she said. She urged officials on the call to draw attention in their state to the dangers of exposing older family members to returning vacationers because of wide asymptomatic spread.

Birx has repeatedly put the blame squarely on the shoulders of what she calls “super spreader” events for pushing coronavirus numbers skyward. 

LA County public health officials are concerned about a backlog in COVID-19 test results that may be affecting state and local data and contact-tracing efforts.

"We are really worried about the fact that we are losing some cases and that may, in fact, result in some small increases in transmission in the weeks ahead," Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director, said.

Ferrer says it's unclear how great the backlog is, but it may extend back as far as two weeks.

She notes that the problems with the state's electronic laboratory system is not preventing people from getting their own test results.