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White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens during an event in honor of World Nurses Day in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Here’s a story that really hasn’t received a lot of attention from media.

I wonder why. Seems rather important, given the attention media has paid to the pandemic.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx told governors in a conference call that 70 coronavirus testing sites had been destroying in the protests/rioting following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer. It’s not clear exactly which sites she’s referencing.

She warned the governors that’s problematic for virus testing now in urban areas.

From National Review:

During the Monday call, a recording of which was obtained by the Daily Beast, Birx said governors should “scramble now to make sure there is testing available in urban areas.” Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, said that spikes in cases stemming from the unrest are “an issue our team is following and there is a concern.”

Birx’s comments mirror those of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has raised concerns that the protests could lead to a spike in cases. “It’s a perfect set up for further spread of the virus in the sense of creating these blips which might turn into some surges,” Fauci admitted on local D.C. radio station WTOP last week.

So not only does it sound like these protests likely to have caused more spread, the rioting/looting destroyed the testing sites in the areas that would need them most, in the areas that are likely more affected urban areas.

Great job, rioters! Do those people who now can no longer get tested, do those black lives matter? Where’s media condemning this action?

Meanwhile media has basically been excusing any danger of spread from the protests, literally saying it’s more important to have the protests, while simultaneously attacking lockdown protesters, states for reopening and President Donald Trump for talking about holding rallies again. The twisting of science and logic has been quite something to see.

Birx said there was “active community spread in California, North Carolina, Utah and Arizona” and said there was evidence in “metro Hispanic neighborhoods.”

Didn’t see CNN or Brian Stelter covering this when they were downplaying the riots. Any chance they’ll pick up on this story? What’s the over/under on that?