Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shook his head when shown a photo of a crowd at the Lake of Ozarks, Missouri that was taken over Memorial Day weekend.
“We're very concerned that our public health message isn't resonating,” Redfield told a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee on the response to the pandemic.
States are opening before they have met the criteria laid out by the White House for safe lifting of pandemic restrictions, he said.
“We continue to try to figure out how to penetrate the message with different groups, [and] the pictures that the chairwoman showed me are great examples of serious problems,” the CDC director said.
White House guidance says that all states must have the ability to trace contacts for confirmed Covid-19 cases. But Missouri does not have the ability to do this tracing, House Appropriations committee chair Rosa DeLauro said.