White House Official Discusses COVID-19 With UM Leadership – HottyToddy

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Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force speaks at a news conference during her visit Saturday (Sept. 12) to the University of Mississippi. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

By Victoria HoseyEditor-in-Chieftori.hosey@hottytoddy.com

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, participated in a roundtable discussion over the weekend with leadership from the University of Mississippi, state and local officials and healthcare professionals.

Although some reports have recently stated that Oxford currently ranks No. 3 in the country for new cases of COVID-19 (based on cases relative to population size), Birx made highly positive remarks during her visit on Saturday concerning the city of Oxford and the University’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

“It’s clear that this university has put the health of the students first and the health of the community first, and I just wanted to thank the administration and their leadership for their amazing work here on campus,” Birx said. “We want to push them to find more asymptomatic spread, but they’re finding cases, they’re quarantining, they’re isolating, and most importantly, they’re caring for the students.”

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