President Trump’s Address to the Nation about our fight against the global Coronavirus outbreak

Scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm EDT.

President Donald J. Trump will address Americans from the Oval Office about our country’s fight against the global Coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier today, the President met with financial leaders at the White House, discussing how best to meet the needs of customers affected by the Coronavirus. Ensuring financial relief for both consumers and small businesses is a core piece of the President’s agenda.

The President also signed a memorandum today directing his Cabinet to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers. Under President Trump’s leadership, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has also already taken bold steps to incentivize the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and other products that are needed to fight the Coronavirus outbreak and address supply concerns.

Trump Administration Addresses ‘Community Spread’ of Coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will release new guidance soon for how different regions of the country should respond to the spread of coronavirus.

“We are working very closely with California, Washington state, New York, [and] Florida to develop community-specific recommendations for those areas where we’ve had what is known as community spread—a number of coronavirus cases that is being transmitted,” Pence said Tuesday at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House.

“In the next 24 hours, working with those states, we’ll be publishing the CDC’s recommendations for what ought to be done,” the vice president said.

Pence, head of the administration’s coronavirus task force, also announced that private insurance companies agreed to waive all co-pays for coronavirus testing and treatment.

The vice president said testing will be available at LabCorp and Quest Diagnostic locations and 4 million additional test kits will be sent out by the end of the week. He also said the administration is working with Congress to address reforms to ensure that more masks are available.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was blunt about the challenge.

“As of this morning, there were 712 [cases], I believe with 27 deaths,” Fauci said. “I guarantee by the time of this evening that is going to be up and there will be several more, and tomorrow there will be several more.”

Still, he said, as a nation, the risk is relatively low.

“There are parts of the country right now that are having community spread in which the risk there is clearly a bit more than that: Washington [state], California, New York, and Florida,” Fauci said.

Fauci said the federal government needs to be where the infection is going to be as well as where it is to get ahead of other community spread.

“As a nation, we can’t be doing the kind of things we were doing a few months ago. It doesn’t matter if you are in a state that has one case or no cases,” Fauci added. “You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if and when the infections will come. And they will come—sorry to say, sad to say—when you’re dealing with an infectious disease.”

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25 Responses to President Trump’s Address to the Nation about our fight against the global Coronavirus outbreak

  1. czarowniczy says:

    We’re up to 18 cases in Louisiana with most in the New Orleans area. Mayor is holding press conferences with state officials and City Council with her as well as the usual co-mayors, starting to look like a ‘thar’s a hurricane acomin” presser.

    So far all of these cases are presumed and not confirmed, but then if you’re media or political why let a perfectly good panic go to waste.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    WHO COVID reporting out of Africa is almost nonexistent, but then considering the number of those dying there from HIV and other diseases the COVID-19 would be a weak cousin.

    Two cases reported in Latin/South America, one fatal (CNN: “A 50% DEATH RATE!!!!”) but that guy had a whole host of conditions prior to his contracting the virus. Then again, neither Africa nor Latin America has the same monitoring and treatment capabilities as the 1st World.

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  3. stella says:

    Beware of statistics! As Mark Twain said, “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”

    Take, for instance, the total number of cases in the United States, and the number of deaths. I’m using figures from earlier today, but they are pretty close. 1,188 total cases, 36 dead. That is a death rate of 3% in the USA thus far.

    HOWEVER, take a look at Washington State. Total cases: 367, 29 dead. That is a death rate of 8%. Of those 29 dead, 25 were elderly in long term care facilities. (20 in one nursing facility in Kirkland.) This skews the national death rate in a very significant manner because of the relatively small number of cases, and this strange anomaly in one state. Will be interesting to know how this group of people contracted the virus.

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  4. jeans2nd says:

    Pres Trump did not sound comfortable delivering this speech.

    One suspects the Prez is not comfortable reading strictly from the teleprompter and requiring himself to stay on script and not riff.

    Perhaps The Handlers should just Let Trump Be Trump and allow the Prez to speak from the heart as the Prez usually does, eh?

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  5. stella says:

    All travel suspended from Europe to the USA starting on Friday at midnight. UK not included in the ban (good idea?)

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I’m wondering if the UK exclusion might be due to our supporting their Brexit move and not wanting to do anything that might jostle their economy.

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      • Gary says:

        They have fewer confirmed cases than Iran or Italy have dead. Just sayin,though it won’t stop the claims of him protecting his business interests i.e. golf courses.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yeah, but GB’s in a position with the contentious Brexit mess that we’d want to not create any more problems. It’s not as if they’re as COVID-19 free as they are rabies free, looks to me like we’re shepherding them and also reminding the mainland of our ‘Special relationship’.

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          • Gary says:

            Point well taken, I have no problem with reminding the mainland of our “special relationship” in fact, I believe it needs to be done every so often just for good measure.

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  6. stella says:

    Cuomo didn’t like the way the President breathed. Honest.

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  7. Gary says:

    Stella, here is another option for tracking this

    http://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

    This is operated by Johns Hopkins University.

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