After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it.
Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states.
At the crux of the message, officials said, is a recognition by the White House that the virus is not going away any time soon — and will be around through the November election.
During a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Henry McMaster delivered a stern warning about football this fall in South Carolina as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.
McMaster said that if the number of cases doesn’t start declining, he will have no choice but to not allow Clemson, South Carolina or high schools to play.
The statement came after state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell confirmed 24 deaths caused by COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest daily total since the pandemic began. On Thursday, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed 1,629 new cases and 19 more deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 39,587, probable cases to 114, and confirmed deaths to 777, and 7 probable deaths.
“If these numbers continue to rise and the danger persists, I can’t do it,” McMaster said during the news conference about allowing football to be played this fall. “I won’t do it.”
Sounds like herd immunity better get its ass here, pronto.