White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said Sunday on CNN that the U.S. has shifted into a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections have spread further into rural areas than in March and April.
Why it matters: Coronavirus infections in rural communities have surpassed the number of cases in big cities — and areas in the U.S. with fewer coronavirus testing sites were predominately rural as of May.
What she's saying: "We are in a new phase. ... We are beginning to see an impact from the mitigation procedures that many of the state and local officials have put into place."
- "But I want to be very clear, what we're seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread, it's into the rural as equal urban areas, and to everybody who lives in a rural area: you are not immune or protected from this virus."