Robert Redfield, CDC chief says Northerners heading South for Vacation may be to Blame for Surge in COVID-19 Cases, not State Reopenings

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The current surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South may have been caused by Northerners who traveled South for vacation around Memorial Day, said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“If you look at the South, everything happened around June 12 to June 16. It all simultaneously kind of popped,” he said in an interview Tuesday with The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner. Independent of state reopening plans, “we’re of the view that there was something else that was the driver. Maybe the Memorial Day, not weekend, but the Memorial Day week, where a lot of Northerners decided to go South for vacations.”

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