Washington — In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines to make it easier for essential workers who’ve been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced Wednesday at the White House virus task force briefing that essential employees, such as health care and food supply workers, who’ve been within 6 feet of a confirmed or suspected case of the new coronavirus can return to work under certain circumstances if they’re not experiencing symptoms. The new guidelines are being issued as the nation mourns almost 15,000 deaths from the virus and grapples with a devastated economy and medical crises from coast to coast. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking during the daily press briefing of the White House virus task force on April 8, 2020. Vice President Pence is in the background. Alex Brandon / AP Health experts continue to caution Americans to practice social distancing and to avoid returning to their normal activities. At the same time, though, they’re planning for a time when the most serious threat from COVID-19 will


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