March 26, 2020 / 6:58 PM / 11 days ago

U.S. preparing guidelines to classify county COVID-19 risk: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration is preparing new coronavirus guidelines that would characterize U.S. counties as high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk.

In a letter to U.S. governors, Trump said state and local leaders could use the guidelines to determine social distancing and other coronavirus mitigation measures. The guidelines will aim “to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” the letter said.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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