After the president’s remarks, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany “said the decision to reopen based on the new federal guidance is “up to the governors.’”
The CDC also published a detailed report about how an Arkansas church was the center of an outbreak: “Among 92 attendees at a rural Arkansas church during March 6–11, 35 (38%) developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died. Highest attack rates were in persons aged 19–64 years (59%) and ≥65 years (50%). An additional 26 cases linked to the church occurred in the community, including one death.”
This past week, two churches, one in Georgia and one in Texas, were forced to close after parishioners tested positive for coronavirus.