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World Health Organization officials have recommended that countries should be at a 10% rate of positive cases within the population, along with having sufficient testing in place, to re-open.

Local health officials are weighing in on the rationale for these recommendations in order to start re-opening countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beth Squires, public health program coordinator for Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, said the key is to see a reduction in cases before returning to life as we knew it before the pandemic. She said countries or counties don’t want to re-open too soon because they don’t want

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