Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said the district’s state of emergency will be extended — likely through October.
Meanwhile, the district has experienced delays in giving residents results from coronavirus tests, the mayor said at a news conference this morning.
“We have some internal capacity which we’ve maxed out,” Bowser told reporters.
She added that they are using contractors to help with testing results.
The mayor noted that if a resident is getting a coronavirus test, they should quarantine for 14 days regardless of whether or not they have their test results.
When asked about jurisdictions no longer having to report coronavirus data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bowser said, “I think all of us in hearing that announcement were concerned that there was some political motive behind it.”
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that hospital data on coronavirus patients will now be rerouted to the Trump administration instead of first being sent to the CDC.
The mayor said coronavirus data from the district will be shared with any government agency, “but we want to make sure it’s going to get to the hands of the scientists.”