MassLive: CDC director Robert Redfield said they do not recommend closing schools days after reports of CDC removing guidance pushing for reopenings

MassLive: CDC director Robert Redfield said they do not recommend closing schools days after reports of CDC removing guidance pushing for reopenings. “After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed guidelines from its website that promoted in-person learning for schools, CDC Director Robert Redfield said they do not recommend closing schools during the COVID pandemic. Redfield’s announcement on Thursday said that schools can operate with ‘face to face learning’ and can do it ‘safely and they can do it responsibly.'”

New York Times: Battered by Trump, the C.D.C.’s Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out

New York Times: Battered by Trump, the C.D.C.’s Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out. “Pressure is mounting on the leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — from inside and outside the agency — to speak publicly against the White House’s manhandling of C.D.C. research and public health decisions, with career scientists so demoralized they are talking of quitting if President Trump wins re-election.”

CNN: Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages

CNN: Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages. “President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team because their sober messaging on the future of the pandemic clashes with his rosy assessments. Trump believes that breakthroughs are not coming swiftly enough, according to people familiar with the President’s thinking. Trump’s frustrations have caused some to question whether Redfield is on the chopping block, but a Trump adviser said they did not expect the President to make major staffing changes before the election.”

American Independent: CDC director contradicts Trump: 90% of Americans ‘still susceptible’ to coronavirus

American Independent: CDC director contradicts Trump: 90% of Americans ‘still susceptible’ to coronavirus. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield testified on Wednesday that ‘more than 90% of the population’ in the United States is ‘still susceptible’ to the COVID-19 virus. Redfield cited an ongoing study across the country, which he said he expects to be published soon. His comments are in stark contrast to those of Donald Trump, who has continued to push for the country to reopen despite the rising death toll of the virus, which has claimed over 200,000 lives.”

Reno Gazette Journal: When COVID testing was scarce, CDC director pulled strings to get Adam Laxalt tested

Reno Gazette Journal: When COVID testing was scarce, CDC director pulled strings to get Adam Laxalt tested. “Dr. Robert Redfield called Nevada’s chief medical officer on a Saturday night in early March with an extraordinary request. Adam Laxalt, the former attorney general of Nevada until 2019 and booster for President Donald Trump, believed he was exposed to the coronavirus while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. But Laxalt was not showing symptoms and could not get approved for a test through a local hospital back home. On the phone call, Redfield asked the medical officer, Dr. Ihsan Azzam, to get it done, according to interviews and internal communications USA TODAY received through records requests. ”

CDC chief: Trump should set example with mask (Politico)

Politico: CDC chief: Trump should set example with mask. “CDC Director Robert Redfield on Tuesday said President Donald Trump should ‘set an example’ by wearing a mask as he also warned the upcoming convergence of flu season and the coronavirus could be ‘one of the most difficult times that we have experienced in American public health.'”