President Trump on Thursday sent a letter to governors that said the federal government hoped to provide a risk assessment for individual counties as testing capabilities for the novel coronavirus expand.
Counties will be classified as high, medium or low risk, the president wrote, to help local policymakers make decisions about whether to maintain, increase or relax social distancing measures. Many states, including California and New York, have issued orders asking residents to stay at home except for essential travel.
“This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country,” Mr. Trump wrote.
The United States economy has been hit hard by the closure of retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and many small businesses. More than three million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, by far the worst week on record. Mr. Trump has said he would like to reopen the country by Easter, although health experts warn that the virus is still spreading.
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