White House Lists Ending COVID-19 Pandemic as an Accomplishment Despite Record Levels Spike

The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration’s science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans testing positive for COVID-19 in just the last week. 

“Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC,” a news release sent to reporters read. “From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.” 

The news release comes as the country reports the largest number of daily cases seen to date. The seven-day average of daily new cases reached an all-time high of 68,767 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The previous record of 67,293 was set July 22. 

More than 83,000 new cases were reported both Friday and Saturday, and the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data on Monday. The seven-day average of new tests performed, meanwhile, has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. 

The President has repeatedly, falsely, blamed the increase in cases on an increase in testing.