From the Document: "At the start of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Local Response Initiative, there were fewer than 10,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the US. The first priority of the initiative was to help mayors orient themselves and their cities in the timeline of the crisis, set up an agile crisis response process, and help them 'flatten the curve' [hyperlink] to avoid overwhelming their local healthcare system. The economically and politically painful steps they took by and large achieved this last goal and saved many lives, but as political pressure mounted and testing remained in short supply, many mayors had to ease restrictions with incomplete information about the level of risk in their communities. The question for many remained: Where exactly are we in this crisis and what should we be doing right now to protect the public? [E]xperts respond to mayors' questions about how to get oriented and organized for effective action in a prolonged, multi-phase crisis. Because the COVID-19 crisis changes frequently, dates at the end of each question indicate when the expert provided an answer."
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