Administration Updates / Coronavirus

April 5 Coronavirus Update from the Trump Administration

Trump coronavirus updateCDC FACE COVERING GUIDELINES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary health measure.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They can be either purchased online or simply made at home – probably material that you’d have at home. These face coverings can be easily washed or reused.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I want to emphasize the CDC is not recommending the use of medical grade or surgical grade masks. And we want that to be used for our great medical people that are working so hard and doing some job.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The new mask guidelines also do not replace CDC’s guidelines on social distancing.”

SURGEON GENERAL ADAMS: “CDC is always, always looking at the data. We’ve told you that from the beginning – Dr. Birx says it every single press conference – we’re looking at the data, we’re evolving our recommendations, and new recommendations will come as the evidence dictates.”

CDC DIRECTOR REDFIELD: “The purpose of this face covering is to be another adjunctive mitigation strategy to protect someone from spreading the virus from themselves to someone else.”

DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I’m also signing a directive invoking the Defense Production Act to prohibit export of scarce health and medical supplies by unscrupulous actors and profiteers.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Secretary of Homeland Security will work with FEMA to prevent the export of N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment. We need these items immediately for domestic use.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Department of Health and Human Services, working with the Department of Justice, took custody of nearly 200,000 N95 respirators, 130, 000 surgical masks, 600,000 gloves,  as well as bottles – many, many, many bottles – and disinfectant sprays that were being hoarded. All of this material is now being given to healthcare workers. Most of it’s already been given out. And we’ve given a lot to New York, a lot to New Jersey, a lot to other places.”

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “More than $3.5 billion in guaranteed loans have been processed to help small businesses keep their workers employed during this unprecedented time.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The SBA and the Treasury are working around the clock. And our banking partners are really incredible. And they’re ensuring that the money gets to small businesses as quickly as possible.”

HEALTHCARE COSTS

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Today, I can so proudly announce that hospitals and healthcare providers treating uninsured coronavirus patients will be reimbursed by the Federal government using funds from the economic relief package Congress passed last month.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The largest insurer nationwide, the Blue Cross Blue Shield system, has announced it will not require any copays, which is really something. That’s a tremendous statement.”

SECRETARY AZAR: “We are already rolling out the $1 billion in funding from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to cover providers’ expenses for testing and diagnosing the uninsured. The CARES Act, signed by the President, includes another $100 billion for health care providers. Under the President’s direction, we will use a portion of that funding to cover providers’ costs of delivering COVID-19 care for the uninsured.”

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In addition, to ensure that health care workers in New York have the protective equipment they need, the federal government – in the name of the Department of Defense – is providing about 8.1 million N95 respirators. Department of Defense.  And we’ve already given 200,000 of them to New York City.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My team spoke with the CEO Ochsner Health and the CEO of LCMC, the two largest health systems in New Orleans. They said they feel that they currently have enough ventilators.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The CEO of Ochsner, Warner Thomas – who’s really been fantastic I have to say – indicated the need for 230,000 surgical gowns and I instructed FEMA to deliver them tomorrow. So, they’ll have the 230,000. That’s Louisiana, New Orleans.”

UPDATE ON TESTING

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “On the subject of testing, now more than 1.4 million tests have been performed across the country.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Abbott instruments, which now can perform a 15 minute test across the country, have literally 18,000 of their machines across the nation today. But at the President’s direction, FEMA is acquiring over 1,200 more machines to distribute to every state public health lab in America.”

RESEARCHING NEW THERAPEUTICS

SECRETARY AZAR: “Oracle has developed and is donating to the government and the American people a web portal and platform to gather crowd-sourced real-time information from providers about how patients respond to potential therapeutics.”

STAY AT HOME ORDERS

PRESIDENT TRUMP “I would leave it to the governors. I like that from the standpoint of governing and I like that from the standpoint of even our Constitution.”

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