There is not a uniform threshold when it comes to reopening schools, Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.
“We don’t believe that there are uniform thresholds for school reopenings,” he said on CBS Sunday, when asked why there wasn’t a benchmark on when schools should shut down..
The 5% threshold that is laid out by the administration that defines a hotspot refers to positive testing, he said.
Azar described communities with 5% positive testing as yellow communities and 10% positive testing as red communities.
“That’s an epidemiological early warning sign of potential spread of disease,” he said. “That’s not been defined as a threshold for reopening of any kind.”
“Each community is going to have to make the determination about the circumstances for reopening, and what steps they take for reopening,” Azar said. “But the presumption should be that we get out kids back to school and figure out how to make that happen.”