Birx praises Alabama virus response, tells men to wear masks

Sep 11, 2020


Dr. Deborah Birx, a high-ranking member of President Trump's coronavirus response team, exits Sid McDonald Hall to conduct a press conference at the University of Alabama Friday Sept. 11, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx praised Alabama’s response to the pandemic, but expressed concern about the number of men she saw not wearing masks as she visited the state. 

Birx visited the University of Alabama on Friday in a tour of southern colleges responding to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. She praised the response of the state and university, which has been the site of a recent outbreak.

Newly reported cases in Alabama have fallen over the past two weeks, but the state still ranks fifth in the country for new cases per capita in that time period.