Dr. Deborah Birx visits Montgomery, Auburn to discuss COVID-19 developments
AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was in Alabama again on Thursday where she met with Gov. Kay Ivey and state health officials at the Capitol before traveling to Auburn University to speak.
Thank you, Dr. Birx, for meeting w/ Dr. Harris & I as we work to get #COVID19 behind us. Dr. Birx is extremely pleased w/ our progress in AL! We’re hopeful for a successful vaccine & are already having discussions on what that will look like. Y’all, let’s keep at it! #alpolitics pic.twitter.com/8192djYpTe— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) September 24, 2020
In Auburn, Dr. Birx met with university leadership and took part in a roundtable with community and state health officials to discuss best practices and current guidelines about the pandemic.
She was greeted with a ‘War Eagle’ before speaking to a socially-distanced room of people for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon.
Birx commended the state on it’s ability to control and mitigate the spread of COVID-19over the last few months and attributed a big part of that to the state’s mandatory mask mandate and social distancing.
She was last in the state in mid-July at the height of the state’s COVID-19 fight.
Thursday’s visit was part of Birx’s travels across the country to meet with health officials about ways of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past three months she’s visited 28 states and 16 universities. Auburn was among the last schools of the SEC for Birx to visit.
“I think what has come out of this is one SEC, not an SEC of constant competition, but an SEC that shared information across the schools over the summer, and what we’ve learned is the reason these schools has been able to convene and have students, and have students here on campus, and have in-person classes has been because they spent the summer planning as one.”
That planning has helped numbers in campus decline in Auburn over the last couple weeks. According to the university’s website for the week ending on Aug. 30 there were 570 students reporting new positive cases. The week ending in Sept. 20 saw just 53 new positive cases
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