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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 919,697; Tuesday, 922,473; Wednesday, 925,560; Thursday, 928,519.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teased on Wednesday that the Biden administration is considering changes to mask guidance as the COVID-19 situation continues to improve across the country, with more states and cities relaxing restrictions amid improved caseloads and hospitalizations.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky (pictured above) told reporters the agency is considering alterations to its mask guidelines, acknowledging that individuals are “so eager” to do away with masking rules. She noted that the CDC is shifting its COVID-19 focus in the direction of hospitalizations as a key measuring stick to determine the severity of an outbreak.
“We all share the same goal -– to get to a point where COVID-19 is no longer disrupting our daily lives, a time when it won’t be a constant crisis — rather something we can prevent, protect against, and treat,” Walensky said.
“We must consider hospital capacity as an additional important barometer,” Walensky continued. “We want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when these metrics are better and then have the ability to reach for them again should things worsen.”
For now, the guidance remains unchanged. Health officials still recommend that people wear masks at indoor public spaces in locations of high viral transmission. However, case totals continue to plummet across the country. The U.S. is reporting an average of 124,000 new infections per day over the past seven days — a total that is down from 800,000 per day roughly a month ago at the height of the omicron surge (CNBC).
NBC News: CDC expected to update…