CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show
- The Centers for Disease Control advised state and local health authorities to make decisions on their own or look to other states and academic studies on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported.
- Documents obtained by USA Today show CDC representatives and officials downplaying information about the virus to health officials.
- In one instance, the agency advised a Kentucky official to allow visitors into nursing homes in March when those facilities have been among the ones hardest hit by the pandemic.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised state and local health authorities to make their own decisions about how to handle the coronavirus pandemic as cases began to multiply around the country in March, documents obtained by USA Today showed.
Officials attempting to contact the agency in some instances did not get a response, were hung up on, or were given advice that was not in line with scientific findings or the CDC’s own policies, USA Today reported.
In one instance, a CDC official told a Kentucky public health official that nursing homes should still allow visitors.