In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit: Andrew Harnik / AP

WASHINGTON — A member of the White House coronavirus task force said the increase in U.S. cases isn’t just because of more testing.

Adm. Brett Giroir said the proof of the increase is the uptick in hospitalizations and deaths nationwide from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump has been saying the U.S. is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic. The president also contends the news media are spending too much time focusing on the health crisis.

Giroir, who was put in charge of coronavirus testing by Trump, said the nation is at “another critical point” in the response to the pandemic.

He is urging people to keep wearing masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Giroir said a safe and effective vaccine is “around the corner.”