OPINIONAlex M. Azar II, Opinion contributor Published 6:38 p.m. ET April 27, 2020 The White House Coronavirus Task Force has been preparing to get states more expertise, staff and funding to execute on contact tracing and other public health efforts: Another viewSince the first reports of COVID-19 in the United States, the Trump administration has been putting boots on the ground to help states combat it.When Washington state identified the first case in January and requested help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a team was on its way within hours to help trace contacts. On Jan. 30, with just seven U.S. cases confirmed, Trump administration leaders had our first call with governors to advise them and listen to their needs. This cooperation slowed the spread of the virus and helped us understand it better.Now, every nation with a COVID-19 outbreak has had to move from containing the virus to mitigation strategies like social distancing. The goal is to drive the spread down to where we can trace contacts of new cases. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have led a whole-of-government effort, working with the states, to get us to that point.The White House Coronavirus


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