Trump Tells Governors Expect New Coronavirus Guidelines on Social Distancing

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In a letter to the nation’s governors on Thursday, President Trump said his administration is working on new guidelines to help state and local policymakers to use in making “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing” based on geographic risk factors for the coronavirus.

“In furtherance of this shared goal, my administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place,” the president said in a Dear Governors letter. 

The president said expanded testing from “robust surveillance testing” will allow officials to determine if a specific county is high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk areas for the virus and where the virus is spreading. Based on the data, the administration would use it to help in crafting the new guidelines that governors would apply to an area depending on its classification