A bipartisan group of governors reportedly told Democrat President Joe Biden on Monday that the United States needs to “move away from the pandemic.”
According to CNN, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) told reporters outside the White House that the group of Democrat and Republican governors all agreed that the country needs to move on from the pandemic.
“There’s a number of areas that we have full agreement on, and that is one: We need to move away from the pandemic,” Hutchinson said. “And we asked the President to help give us clear guidelines on how we can return to a greater state of normality.”
Hutchinson added that the group wanted to “partner with the administration” in order to “move beyond the pandemic.”
When asked by a reporter how the country could move on when hospitalizations are nearly at an all-time high, Hutchinson said, “Obviously, you can’t move away from a virus that’s still there. You can’t control that.” But he added that “people are striving for a more normal life.”
“I think we’ve moved to that very quickly,” the governor continued. “But we need to have the guidelines very clear as to how you actually structurally move from the pandemic state of things to an endemic where you’re managing this virus-like you would other illnesses in our country.”
Hutchinson also told reporters that there were “probably better-measuring sticks” to tell how the United States is handling COVID-19 than case numbers, “which is hospitalizations, but how about the hospitalizations that are really caused by COVID,” he said. According to the Jackson Health System in Florida, about half of their hospitalized COVID-19 patients were hospitalized because of the virus. In New York State, COVID-19 “was not included as one of the reasons for admission” for 43 percent of hospitalized people who had tested positive for the virus.
Hutchinson added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were “working on giving us the right standards for” determining if a COVID-positive hospitalized person was hospitalized because of the virus.