Dr. Birx says Rhode Island “caught between two incredible hot spots” at White House briefing

The doctor said Providence is doing "an extraordinary job" caring for front line workers
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Doctor Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, gave mention to the challenges facing Rhode Island in a briefing Wednesday evening.

“Providence is a unique situation,” Birx said. “Increasing cases from the New York City area now they have increasing cases from the Boston area, they are caught between two incredible hot spots in the country.”

Birx said she had been in conversation with state leaders. She praised the response efforts seen in the capital city.

“They are doing an extraordinary job, caring for the individuals on the front lines,” Birx said. “Providence continues to have new cases and we continue to work with specific states that have specific outbreaks related to individual occurrences.”

Birx urged citizens to stay at home, stressing the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus, and the particular threat posed by those who have the virus but don’t display symptoms.

“To all of you that are out there that would like to join together and have that dinner party– don’t do it yet,” Birx said.

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