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As US reaches 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, public health community strengthens resolve to slow disease spread

Date: May 27 2020

Contact: APHA Media Relations, 202-777-3913

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

The sorrow we feel about the more than 100,000 lives lost from COVID-19 in the U.S. strengthens our resolve to slow the spread of this devastating disease.

This grim milestone was reached today, just months after the first U.S. coronavirus case was confirmed. Each day, we persevere in our fight to end this pervasive threat to our nation’s health and well-being.

This is one of the most significant battles of our lifetimes. And with it come opposing views, missteps, and clashes of ideas and sentiment.

Through it all, we remain steadfast in our public health mission to eradicate this disease. We continue to diligently pursue increased testing, surveillance and contact tracing — as well as much-needed support for our public health workforce and system.

We look forward to the time we turn the tide on this terrible outbreak, and again be encouraged by the hopeful promise public health brings to our nation.


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