Andrew Cuomo is no hero. He's to blame for New York's coronavirus catastrophe

  
Via:  Nerm_L  •  one week ago  •  58 comments

By:   Lyta Gold and Nathan Robinson (the Guardian)

Andrew Cuomo is no hero. He's to blame for New York's coronavirus catastrophe
His record was terrible before coronavirus, but his abysmal handling of the crisis should get him thrown out of office

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to act and then over reacted to compensate for his earlier mistakes.  But Cuomo certainly looks good in front of a camera.  Andrew Cuomo play acts as a hero on the TV and that is enough. 


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Andrew Cuomo may be the most popular politician in the country. His approval ratings have hit all-time highs thanks to his Covid-19 response. Some Democrats have discussed him as a possible replacement for Joe Biden, due to Biden's perceived weakness as a nominee. And there have even been some unfortunate tributes to Cuomo's alleged sex appeal.

All of which is bizarre, because Cuomo should be one of the most loathed officials in America right now. ProPublica recently released a report outlining catastrophic missteps by Cuomo and the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, which probably resulted in many thousands of needless coronavirus cases. ProPublica offers some appalling numbers contrasting what happened in New York with the outbreak in California. By mid-May, New York City alone had almost 20,000 deaths, while in San Francisco there had been only 35, and New York state as a whole suffered 10 times as many deaths as California.

Federal failures played a role, of course, but this tragedy was absolutely due, in part, to decisions by the governor. Cuomo initially "reacted to De Blasio's idea for closing down New York City with derision", saying it "was dangerous" and "served only to scare people". He said the "seasonal flu was a graver worry". A spokesperson for Cuomo "refused to say if the governor had ever read the state's pandemic plan". Later, Cuomo would blame the press, including the New York Times for failing to say "Be careful, there's a virus in China that may be in the United States?" even though the Times wrote nearly 500 stories on the virus before the state acted. Experts told ProPublica that "had New York imposed its extreme social distancing measures a week or two earlier, the death toll might have been cut by half or more".

But delay was not the only screw-up. Elderly prisoners have died of coronavirus because New York has failed to act on their medical parole requests. As Business Insider documented:

"Testing was slow. Nonprofit social-service agencies that serve the most vulnerable couldn't get answers either. And medical experts like the former CDC director Tom Frieden said 'so many deaths could have been prevented' had New York issued its stay-at-home order just 'days earlier' than it did. On March 19, when New York's schools had already been closed, Cuomo said 'in many ways, the fear is more dangerous than the virus.'"

The governor has failed to take responsibility for the obvious failures, consistently blaming others and at one point even saying "governors don't do pandemics". (Actually, some governors just don't read their state's pandemic plans.) But much of the press has ignored this, focusing instead on Cuomo's aesthetic presentation: his poise during press conferences, his dramatic statements about "taking responsibility" (even when he obviously hasn't), and his invisible good looks.

The mask mural is yet another publicity stunt mistaken by the press as a sign of leadership. On 29 April, Cuomo unveiled a wall of handmade cloth masks that had been sent to his office by concerned citizens all over America. He called it "a self-portrait of America. You know what that spells? It spells love." Since the arrangement of masks doesn't form words, the mural doesn't actually spell anything, but it is a perfect symbol of Cuomo's leadership failures. Handmade cloth face coverings are not as effective as N95 masks, of course, but if unsuitable for healthcare workers they would still have been perfectly appropriate to distribute to New Yorkers (some of whom have been brutally arrested for not wearing masks). But Cuomo, rather than putting the needs of New Yorkers first, chose to tack hundreds of cloth masks on a wall as a monument to himself.

Cuomo's record was shameful long before coronavirus began. He enabled the IDC (Independent Democratic Conference), a group of conservative Democratic state lawmakers, in allying with the Republican minority to block progressive legislation. (Cuomo denies any role in the IDC, but that stretches credulity.) Before the pandemic, he pushed through Medicaid cuts which shut down necessary hospital space in the name of "efficiency" despite the warnings of medical professionals. And on 3 April, as 3,000 New Yorkers already lay dead from the virus and hospitals like Elmhurst in Queens were overwhelmed with cases, Cuomo forced through further Medicaid cuts, slashing $400m from hospital budgets.

As the state now staggers to its feet, Cuomo has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to "reimagine education" (which almost certainly means privatization), and with the ex-Google chief Eric Schmidt to - as Naomi Klein puts it - "permanently integrat[e] technology into every aspect of civic life". All of this has happened without the democratic input of New Yorkers, who would likely prefer that the progressive legislators they elected could govern without interference, that their hospitals have enough money to function and that billionaires don't infiltrate and control every element of civic life.

There's something disturbing about Cuomo being hailed as the hero of the pandemic when he should rightly be one of the villains. As Business Insider notes, he is now only able to attain praise for his actions because his earlier failures made those actions necessary. He's lauded for addressing a problem that he himself partly caused. Of course, part of this is because Donald Trump has bungled the coronavirus response even more badly, so that Cuomo - by not being a complete buffoon - looks like a capable statesman by contrast. But this is the problem: for too long, Democrats have measured their politicians by "whether they are better than Republicans". This sets the bar very low indeed, and means that Democrats end up settling for incompetent and amoral leaders who betray progressive values again and again.

  • Lyta Gold is the managing editor and amusements editor of Current Affairs. Nathan Robinson is the editor of Current Affairs and a Guardian US columnist


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Nerm_L
1  seeder  Nerm_L    one week ago

The media judges heroes by their ability to create controversy and deflect blame. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1  Heartland American  replied to  Nerm_L @1    one week ago

The real heroes that are leaders of state governments are governors Kemp, DeSantis, Noem, Abbott, and a few others. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Heartland American @1.1    one week ago

That is yet to be determined. You can't call anyone great who has not faced what Cuomo has faced. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one week ago

Nerm,

As a New Yorker, I feel that this piece is so unfair to Cuomo and is just another partisan hit piece. No gov is perfect, but he did the best in a bad situation. The Mayor is a different story. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    one week ago
just another partisan hit piece.

Then as a US citizen are all the Trump articles of the same whole cloth because after all............

but he did the best in a bad situation

??

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1    one week ago

I think that there are some Trump pieces that are there just to pick on stupid stuff, if that is what you are asking me, Jim.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
2.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.1    one week ago

Yes and thank you for an honest answer.

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JohnRussell
2.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1    one week ago
are all the Trump articles of the same whole cloth because after all............

after all what?  As far as I know Andrew Cuomo is not a known liar, crook, bigot, moron and cheat. 

No comparison. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.4  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.1    one week ago

No one should give Trump a break. He is the worst president in the history of  this country. 

People should go easy on him?  No, not even for one day. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1.5  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.4    one week ago
No one should give Trump a break. He is the worst president in the history of  this country. 

What we as a nation needed as soon as the possibility of an outbreak was known by the federal government was a clear, honest and sober assessment of the risk. That would have set the tone and example for all the State Governors to follow suit.

What we got in February was dismissive and dishonest misinformation from the white house downplaying the risks and claiming there was "nothing to see here" and that the corona virus would just miraculously disappear by April even if it did appear.

What Cuomo has done since his State was hit by Covid, after the tepid response from the federal government, has been a clear, honest and sober assessment of the risk in NY which is why he is receiving a boost in approval. Dishonest Donald continues to downplay and dismiss Covid and push any and all blame for any deaths on others because he's the most inept piece of shit ever to grace the oval office where once the motto was "the buck stops here" but now it's "hey, that's not my buck, I've never seen it before, pass it on cause it's not my problem and definitely not my fault, and, um, China and stuff, why don't you blame them, they're communists and who knows maybe they made this stuff just to try and make me look bad, did you ever think of that, of course not because you're all fake news..!".

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.6  JohnRussell  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.1.5    one week ago

Yesterday a study from Columbia University estimated that a better early response from our leaders would have saved 36,000 lives. Since the states preceded the federal government in recommending and ordering closings the brunt of the blame for the delay falls to Trump.  Everyone knows this. Some people just choose to delude themselves about it. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.7  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.1    one week ago
I think that there are some Trump pieces that are there just to pick on stupid stuff,

I've never seen a stupid article about Trump. I've seen articles about his stupidity though. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.8  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.6    one week ago
Yesterday a study from Columbia University estimated that a better early response from our leaders would have saved 36,000 live

You mean an unconstitutional federally ordered shutdown at the time the mayor of New York was telling people to go out and live their normal lives?  It's like you are intentionally forgetting that the Democrats were more worried about appearing racist at the time the early response was necessary. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
2.1.9  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.7    one week ago
I've never seen a stupid article about Trump

Hard to see with "Bias Blinders" on John.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.10  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.8    one week ago

Sean,

You keep repeating the same lie. NY shut down less than 2 weeks after our 2nd case. The mayor might have had a stupid mouth, but the Gov Cuomo did not. 

And why are you bringing race into this? Do you think that only minorities live in the city? Think again.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.1.11  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.6    one week ago

If my governor had had access to the same info Trump did but did not act on, we would have shut down earlier and might be back to full open by now.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.12  Sean Treacy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.10    one week ago

Perrie, it would be nice to actually point out what you consider a “lie” and actually rebut it rather than blindly casting aspersions. Do you actually know what de blasio was saying  about the virus?

 I was talking about the push from Democrats to attend Chinese New Year celebrations and go to Chinese restaurants to fight xenophobia.  If you recall, that was the main concern of democratic politicians in early March. I believe you even seeded an article about how great New York was  for doing that at the time.

Pretty much every state In the country “shut  down” within about two weeks of getting their first cases. The point of the Johns comment is that the shut down around March first have to save those lives.  Only a state could have decided to shut down on March first and that wasn’t even being considered in New York, which was the root of most American cases.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.13  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.12    one week ago
Perrie, it would be nice to actually point out what you consider a “lie” and actually rebut it rather than blindly casting aspersions.

Sean, now you know daily I post rebuttals to things with links but no one reads them and they go back to their talking points. It beyond frustrating. And really whose mind am I going to change especially with an Op/Ed. 

But I will show you how disingenuous this article is. This is one of many misrepresentations in the article:

He said the "seasonal flu was a graver worry".

As if he was dismissing the coronavirus. But do you know when he made that statement? In January. There was not a single known case of Coronavirus in NY and wouldn't be until March.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-provides-update-novel-coronavirus-while-reminding-new-yorkers-flu-still

There are plenty more like this.

I was talking about the push from Democrats to attend Chinese New Year celebrations and go to Chinese restaurants to fight xenophobia.  If you recall, that was the main concern of democratic politicians in early March. I believe you even seeded an article about how great New York was  for doing that at the time.

I didn't seed a political seed about Chinese New Years, so I don't know what you are talking about. And again, when is Chinese New Year? Jan 25th. Months before our first case was known. The president of the US was still saying it was going to magically disappear, remember? He wasn't worried either.

Pretty much every state In the country “shut  down” within about two weeks of getting their first cases. The point of the Johns comment is that the shut down around March first have to save those lives.  Only a state could have decided to shut down on March first and that wasn’t even being considered in New York, which was the root of most American cases.

OK I am done talking to you, since you keep saying this bullshit over and over and it isn't true. Our first case was March 1, our second was March 3. We started lockdown of groups of more than 200 immediately after March 3, 5 days later 50 or more. 2 weeks after the first case we were in total lockdown.

I realize that a most competing Democratic Governor might blow your mind, but they do exist. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.14  Sean Treacy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.13    one week ago

This is one of many misrepresentations in the article:

You said I was lying Perrie, not the article. 

here was not a single known case of Coronavirus in NY and wouldn't be until March.

I was talking about what he said in March. 

one talking to you, since you keep saying this bullshit over and over and it isn't true. Our first case was March 1, our second was March 

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John, who I was responding to, claimed that tens of thousands of people would have been saved if the lockdowns had started two weeks earlier.  Two weeks earlier means the first week of March, when New York only had a handful of reported cases. Do you follow so far? If so, where's the "bullshit?"  This is what DeBlasio was saying in early March, "I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus" And on MARCH 9th, "But mainly the point is go about your business" And here's what  I wrote:" at the time the mayor of New York was telling people to go out and live their normal lives?" 

So tell me where's the lie?

Did De De Blasio not tell people to get on with their normal lives?  Did he not say that at the time John's post claims a shutdown would have saved ten of thousands of lives?  You claimed my post was a lie. Try to back it up instead of whining.  

2 weeks after the first case we were in total lockdown.

That's false. The bars were packed celebrating Saint Patrick's day weekend.  The lockdown only started after the bars and restaurants  closed after one of the busiest party weekends of the year. 

 a most competing Democratic Governor might blow your mind, but they do exist

Since the post you called a lie quoted DeBlasio and only DeBlasio, I'm convinced you really aren't paying attention and just lash out with your partisan script.  

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.15  Sean Treacy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.13    one week ago

We started lockdown of groups of more than 200 immediately after March 3,

Forgot to point this falsehood out. The Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders etc. were playing in front of thousands of people on an almost nightly basis after March 3rd until their leagues shut down. 

The ban on gatherings of more than 500 people didn't go into effect until March 13th. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.16  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.14    6 days ago
You said I was lying Perrie, not the article. 

No, we have been doing this dog and pony show for a while. You are repeating a lie that I have debunked over and over. My exact quote is:

OK I am done talking to you, since you keep saying this bullshit over and over Do you even understand what is going on? Or are you just carrying on an imaginary conversation with someone using me as a sounding board? Because you aren't addressing what was written and keep bleating that I'm saying things that aren't true. Let me make this very simple.

How utterly condescending. Noted and reported. 

Two weeks earlier means the first week of March, when New York only had a handful of reported cases.

Again, our first reported case was March 1 and our second March 3. On March 5th President Trump said: "It's going to all work out. Everybody has to be calm. It's all going to work out." and on March 11th he said:" The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low." So tell me according to your time line, even our idiot DeBlasio was being told that the risk was very low. Why would he think otherwise? 

The lie is that NY was privy to information and didn't respond and that was the Gov Cuomo's fault. It wasn't until March 16 that Trump made some recommendations. But on March 7th Gov declared his first state of Emergency. 

Try to back it up instead of whining.  

Stop being a bully. It is totally unbecoming.

That's false. The bars were packed celebrating Saint Patrick's day weekend.  The lockdown only started after the bars and restaurants  closed after one of the busiest party weekends of the year. 

Now that is false. St Pats was on March 17 this year. DeBlasio declared NYC in a state of Emergency on March 12. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/12/new-york-city-declares-state-of-emergency.html

most competing Democratic Governor might blow your mind, but they do exist Since the post you called a lie quoted DeBlasio and only DeBlasio, I'm convinced you really aren't paying attention and just lash out with your partisan script.  

Really, because I started this thread talking about Cuomo, and here: 2.1.10 and here: 2.1.13   where I talk about the state lockdown, which is implied that only a Gov can do, so who is lashing out and being partisan? Not me. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.17  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.15    6 days ago
Forgot to point this falsehood out. The Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders etc. were playing in front of thousands of people on an almost nightly basis after March 3rd until their leagues shut down.  The ban on gatherings of more than 500 people didn't go into effect until March 13th. 

You finally got me Sean. It was the 12th. Exactly 9 days after case 2 and only 95 cases reported. Yet one day earlier, President Trump said: "The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low." Holy mixed messages. So tell me, what crystal ball should Gov Cuomo have gone by?

 
 
 
Thomas
2.1.18  Thomas  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.8    6 days ago
You mean an unconstitutional federally ordered shutdown at the time the mayor of New York was telling people to go out and live their normal lives

How about calm discussion of what was occuring? Maybe having someone who was versed in what to do in an emergency such as this in the room to give their opinion?

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.19  Split Personality  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.15    6 days ago

And the president had 9 rallies went golfing 6 times before March 12th...

384

Trump says he would've handled COVID-19 the same even without impeachment: "I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached."

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” Trump wrote in a Jan. 24 Twitter post . “The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

It was neither the first nor the last such tribute. On Jan. 22, the first day Trump spoke publicly about the coronavirus, he told Fox News there was nothing to worry about. “It’s all taken care of. And China is working very hard on the problem. We spoke about it and China is working very hard on it.”

Even two months later, Trump was still lauding China and Xi. “Look, I have a very good relationship with President Xi and they went through a lot. You know some people say other things. They went through a lot. They lost thousands of people. They’ve been through hell,” he told reporters on March 24.

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/trump-china-reversal-coronavirus-blame-224410090.html

Too much blame to go around, but there is only ONE President.

jest sayin.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
2.1.20  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.3    6 days ago
As far as I know Andrew Cuomo is not a known liar, crook, bigot, moron and cheat. 

Then I'd recommend you pay closer attention.  He's a politician.  Of course he lies, he's a moron and a cheat. 

Bigot?  I could go with the same unfounded BS the left uses against Trump but then I'd have to degrade myself and that I won't do.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.21  Sean Treacy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.16    5 days ago

e been doing this dog and pony show for a while. You are repeating a lie

You owe me an apology. I didn't lie and you know it, because you still haven't addressed what I wrote. Not that it' will do any good, but I'll summarize it again:

"John, who I was responding to, claimed that tens of thousands of people would have been saved if the lockdowns had started two weeks earlier.  Two weeks earlier means the first week of March, when New York only had a handful of reported cases. Do you follow so far? If so, where's the "bullshit?"  This is what DeBlasio was saying in early March, " I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus" And on MARCH 9th,  " But mainly the point is go about your business" And here's what  I wrote:"  at   the time the mayor of New York was telling people to go out and live their normal lives?" 

So tell me where's the lie?

Please don't bother with the straw men, hand waiving arguments you use that can are just attempts to deflect. Address what I wrote, not what you want me to have said, or think I've said in other places, and address what I actually wrote that you called a lie. If I call one of your Cuomo defense posts a lie, I wouldn't respond by declaring something like  well,  I was referring to how you deny Biden is a plagiarist when called about what you were lying about in the Cuomo post. 

. St Pats was on March 17 this year.

And Christmas will be on December 25th. There's a reason I wrote Saint Patrick's day weekend instead of SAint PAtrick's day. Please address what I wrote instead of trying to score points dishonestly be rebutting fake arguments that I didn't make yet again. The bars were open on the weekend (one of the busiest party weekends of the year) and were packed.  Whether or not De Blasio declared a state of emergency on the 12th (another irrelevant point) the bars and restaurants remained open. That's a fact. 

Here's an New  York Times article pleading with people to stay home on the 14th and showing a long line for a bar in Manhattan on the night of the Friday 13th, in case you want to keep arguing the falsehood that people weren't at bars on Saint Patrick's day weekend in New York.  Although given how big of a story this was, it seems incredible I need to actually post this. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/opinion/coronavirus-bars-lockdown.html

 
 
 
Thomas
2.1.22  Thomas  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @2.1.5    5 days ago

What a nasty question! Your a horrible reporter....... Oh! Wait! Sorry just got into (Deleted) mode...

I would agree with your assessment. After Cuomo's initial case of denial, he did an about face and was all business, utilizing the best numbers available to plan for what might happen.

It has been stated here and elsewhere that he overreacted, but I do not consider that to be correct. By the time that the state knew that the virus was here it was already in community spread mode. Therefore, we did not know the extent to which it had travelled. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.23  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.21    5 days ago

Sean,

You said:

Whether or not De Blasio declared a state of emergency on the 12th (another irrelevant point) the bars and restaurants remained open. That's a fact. 

Then it is not an irrelevant point since the mayor did what he was supposed to do which was declared a state of emergency. If the bars were breaking the law, they should be brought up on charges. Your original claim was that the mayor didn't do what he was supposed to do, but he did. 

Here's an New  York Times article pleading with people to stay home on the 14th and showing a long line for a bar in Manhattan on the night of the Friday 13th

No where in that article does it say that photo is a NY bar. IN FACT the quote right above that photos says this:

In Seattle , where one hospital is reportedly preparing for Northern Italy levels of infection and already running low on some supplies, bars in the Capitol Hill neighborhood have been full of people. On Friday evening, a Twitter search for the phrase “the bars are packed” yielded hundreds of tweets from cities like Baltimore; Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles and New York City. On Saturday in Chicago, one reporter tweeted a photo of a line around the block for a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl at 8 a.m.

Also, you might want to check your Trump timeline. 

March 10

“This was unexpected. … And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go   away.”

  Trump , to reporters at the U.S.   Capitol

March 11

“The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very   low.”

  Trump , in an Oval Office address to the nation. He restricts travel from most of Europe, but also causes confusion about trade from the bloc.

Are you telling me that it's OK for Trump not to seem concerned but the NY Mayor declares a SOE despite the President says the risk is very, very low the day before and that some bars broke illegally and now everything is NYC's fault? Please. 

This is what DeBlasio was saying in early March, " I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus" And on MARCH 9th,  " But mainly the point is go about your business" And here's what  I wrote:"  at the time the mayor of New York was telling people to go out and live their normal lives?" 

Which he obviously reevaluated since the SOE was issued on the 12th. Which brings me to: Please review what the president was saying on March 10 and 11th. 

Please don't bother with the straw men, hand waiving arguments you use that can are just attempts to deflect.

Now that is a hoot. Talk about tactics. Let's start from the top of this thread and watch the moving goal posts by you.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
2.2  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    one week ago
As a New Yorker, I feel that this piece is so unfair to Cuomo and is just another partisan hit piece. No gov is perfect, but he did the best in a bad situation. The Mayor is a different story. 

Andrew Cuomo isn't a saint.  The article serves as a reminder that politicians are human and can only take action according to available information and advice.  Hindsight is always more acute than foresight.  Could Gov. Cuomo have taken steps sooner?  Yes.  But that hindsight analysis overlooks Cuomo's humanity.

I agree Bill de Blasio is in a league by himself.  But de Blasio's political management of the pandemic isn't all that different than Gov. Cuomo's.  Don't minimize the role of the press to highlight the political message the press wants to deliver.  The press really does influence the politics.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Nerm_L @2.2    one week ago

I am not going by the press. I am going by the reality of the situation and what Cuomo has tried to do from the beginning, which keep us informed and listen to what NYer's wanted. 

This article went on to criticize petty things like mural of masks. He was trying to keep up the spirits of New Yorkers in a terrible situation. 

It can't even make up its mind... he's liberal, he not liberal enough...

This was a once in a 100 year event. No one was going to produce the perfect result. But considering that NY bore the worse of the pandemic (so far), I think he did a really good job and continues to do so as he opens up NY. Was it perfect. No. But tell me, do you think anyone would be?

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.2.2  Heartland American  replied to  Nerm_L @2.2    one week ago

Exactly!  Just look at the difference between how they sainted Cuomo and made a villain out of DeSantis when the reverse is the truth. 

 
 
 
Nerm_L
2.2.3  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.2.1    one week ago
I am not going by the press. I am going by the reality of the situation and what Cuomo has tried to do from the beginning, which keep us informed and listen to what NYer's wanted. 

I agree Gov. Cuomo responded to the outbreak pretty well, as seen from my distant vantage point.

This was a once in a 100 year event. No one was going to produce the perfect result. But considering that NY bore the worse of the pandemic (so far), I think he did a really good job and continues to do so as he opens up NY. Was it perfect. No. But tell me, do you think anyone would be?

The fact presented in the seed article is that Gov. Cuomo was not proactive in preparing for and preventing the outbreak.  Gov. Cuomo allowed the outbreak to happen.  Gov. Cuomo demanded emergency supplies of resources because Cuomo didn't adequately plan and prepare for the outbreak.  Those are verifiable facts.  Gov. Cuomo responded after it was too late.

That's the yardstick being used to measure the Federal response.

Is it a political hit piece?  Of course.  But it's the same political hit being directed toward the President and the Federal officials responding to the pandemic.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.2.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Nerm_L @2.2.3    one week ago

So you are going with two wrong make a right?

But here is the difference. 

The president was warned in January of the possibility of a pandemic and he blew it off. He was warned about an impending pandemic even before that for 3 years of his administration and didn't prepare. He even said that the virus was going to just disappear, while it was actually here in the country. All of this was way before NY got its first case on March 1. The blame is not equal. He willfully ignored what his own advisors were telling him all along the way until it was no longer deniable. That is something that Cuomo never did.

And in fact, despite some minor spats, Cuomo worked well with Trump during the pandemic. Both parties have acknowledged this. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.2.5  Tacos!  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.2.4    one week ago

You're trying to equate the two men and their responses, but outside of New York, the rest of the country is doing much better.

California has twice the population of New York, and 1/9 the number of deaths. Texas has 1/2 again as many people as New York, but only 1/20th the number of deaths. It's a similar story in Florida. Florida has only a couple million more people than NY (and significantly more elderly) but less than 1/10th the deaths.

Trump is president of all 50 states. If you are going to blame him for New York, you need to also give him credit for the 49 other states.

Cuomo is only responsible for New York.

I don't have anything against Cuomo (or New York) at all, so don't assume some bias in me. I just don't know how you can look at the results and claim that Cuomo has done a better job than other governors.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
2.2.6  seeder  Nerm_L  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.2.4    one week ago
So you are going with two wrong make a right?

No, I'm pointing out that the news media is two-faced.  The quality of reporting has been rather low in both cases.

The president was warned in January of the possibility of a pandemic and he blew it off. He was warned about an impending pandemic even before that for 3 years of his administration and didn't prepare. He even said that the virus was going to just disappear, while it was actually here in the country. All of this was way before NY got its first case on March 1. The blame is not equal. He willfully ignored what his own advisors were telling him all along the way until it was no longer deniable. That is something that Cuomo never did.

Gov. Cuomo ordered a state-wide shut down of non-essential businesses (the PAUSE order) effective March 22.  Just a few days before signing the PAUSE order Cuomo was chiding de Blasio for fear mongering.    

And in fact, despite some minor spats, Cuomo worked well with Trump during the pandemic. Both parties have acknowledged this. 

Or President Trump worked well with Gov. Cuomo.  Keep in mind that Cuomo was making hair-on-fire claims and over estimated demands.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.2.7  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @2.2.5    5 days ago

Tacos,

I am not blaming anyone. What I am saying is that this article is full of it with blaming Cuomo alone. The governors look to the various resources to make their decisions and that Cuomo is not different there. They also look to the federal agencies 

What makes NY different? Well we are the hub for international flights. We were told the virus was coming from China and not Europe so over 4 million people passed through NY from Europe during that period. Now add the density of the city and you have a perfect storm. 

Right now there are spikes all over the US and this isn't the second wave. We are already seeing reckless behavior all over the US. Humans never learn. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.2.8  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Nerm_L @2.2.6    5 days ago
Gov. Cuomo ordered a state-wide shut down of non-essential businesses (the PAUSE order) effective March 22.  Just a few days before signing the PAUSE order Cuomo was chiding de Blasio for fear mongering.    

This I do not recall. Can you please back that up?

Or President Trump worked well with Gov. Cuomo.  Keep in mind that Cuomo was making hair-on-fire claims and over estimated demands.

Remember those requests based on the information Cuomo was getting from the CDC, so how so were they hair-on-fire claims and overestimated demands, when it came from Dr. Fauci himself? And also take into consideration, that all parties involved had no idea what to expect and still don't? I mean really, do you think that these people all had crystal balls?

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.3  Heartland American  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    one week ago

So now Cuomo is the target 🎯 of a partisan hit piece from the left? This seeded article did come from The Guardian after all. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.3.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Heartland American @2.3    one week ago

This is an op/ ed hit piece. Whether they be right or left, op/eds are just an opinion based on the bias of the writer.

Lyta Gold and Nathan Robinson work for "Current Affairs" which is an ultra-left publication. Ther gripe about the Gov is that he is too right and that he actually works with Republicans in our legislature. Do you think that is wrong?

 
 
 
Tacos!
2.4  Tacos!  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    one week ago
just another partisan hit piece

Except that it is also critical of Trump.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
2.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    6 days ago
just another partisan hit piece.

There are hundreds of partisan hit pieces here on NT.  But because this one is directed at a Democrat it's a problem?

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    one week ago

Over 28,000 deaths as of today. The only other state that is even (barely) into double digits is their next door neighbor, New Jersey. And that's probably because there is so much traffic between the two states that the mess in NY is spilling over.

New York has 1/4 of the deaths from the virus, but nowhere close to 1/4 of the country's population (more like 1/17th). We can talk about how much blame the governor might or might not deserve for that, but the idea that he is some kind of hero for his brilliant response is completely refuted by those death numbers.

It is hard to see how he has mitigated any substantial part of this. At the very least, the numbers support the argument that he has been the least effective of any governor when it comes to mitigating the mortality of this virus.

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
4  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"    one week ago

Andrew Cuomo's stupidity killed thousands of elderly. New Yorkers should recall him and indict him for manslaughter for each and every one.

He takes the prize for dumbest pos during this pandemic.

 
 
 
lib50
4.1  lib50  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4    one week ago

He takes the prize for dumbest pos during this pandemic.

Trump got the first intel and ignored it.  Trump is in charge of the federal government and its response or lack of it  Trump is still not being truthful about the pandemic.  Cuomo made his mistakes and will be judged by them.   And Trump will be judged by his.  From the beginning Trump tried to dodge his responsibilities and put it all on anybody else.  Governors ended up competing with each other and the entire world for the necessary protective equipment.  And his interference in the medical advice is misleading and often out and out lies and is still happening.  Can't divorce Trump from this pandemic, he is the top of the chain and the ultimate person responsibility for the USA's dreadful and deadly death rate.  

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
4.1.1  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"  replied to  lib50 @4.1    one week ago

Oh no that is just not true, would you like to see the real time line? To bad here it is.

December 31: China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.

January 3: CDC Director Robert Redfield sent an email to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.

January 5: CDC Director Redfield sent another email to the Chinese CDC Director, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak,

January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level I travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.

January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.

January 11: The CDC updated a Level 1 travel health notice for Wuhan, China.

January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.

January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.

January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.

January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.

January 27: President Trump tweeted that he made an offer to President Xi Jinping to send experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.

January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.

January 27: The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 

January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 

January 31: The Trump Administration:

  • Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
     
  • Announced Chinese travel restrictions.
     
  • Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.

February 3: The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

February 2: The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

February 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

February 5: The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government's coronavirus response efforts.

February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

February 7: President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus. 

February 9: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

February 11: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.

February 12: The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.

February 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

February 14: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.

February 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.

February 22: A WHO team of international experts arrives in Wuhan, China.

February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Febraury 25: HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration's coronavirus response efforts.

February 26: President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

February 29: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

February 29: The Trump Administration:

  • Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea.
     
  • Barred all travel to Iran.
     
  • Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days.

March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”

March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.

March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.

March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.

March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.

March 11: President Trump:

  • Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
     
  • Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
     
  • Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
     
  • Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump announced:

  • Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
     
  • A pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
     
  • An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.

March 13: The Food & Drug Administration:

  • Granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits.
     
  • Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.

March 13: HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.

March 14: The Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.

March 14: The Trump Administration announced the European travel ban will extend to the UK and Ireland.

March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.

March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week.

March 15: Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.

March 15: All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.

March 16: President Trump:

  • Held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response.
     
  • Participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
     
  • Announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
     
  • Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.

March 16: The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states.

March 16: Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests, and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.

March 17: President Trump announced:

  • CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
     
  • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
     
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments.

March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC

March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.

March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.

March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.

March 17: The Treasury Department:

  • Contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
     
  • Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business.

March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.

March 18: President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free testing and paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus.

March 18: President Trump announced:

  • Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic.
     
  • Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus.
     
  • FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response.
     
  • The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
     
  • All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time.

March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed:

  • 1 million masks are now immediately available.
     
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.

March 18: HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.

March 18: President Trump spoke to:

  • Doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus.
     
  • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 19: President Trump announced:

  • Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus.
     
  • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients. 

March 19:  Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.

March 19: The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.

March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.

March 20: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.

March 20: Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.

March 20:  President Trump:

  • Spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures
     
  • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts
     
  • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders

March 20: The Department of Education announced it will:

  • Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year
     
  • Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days

March 20: Secretary Azar announced:

  • FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country
     
  • The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act

March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs

March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results

March 21: The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA

March 21: The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30

March 21: Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14

March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for:

  • Washington State
     
  • California

March 22: President Trump announced: 

  • Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost
     
  • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA.

March 22:  President Trump confirmed his administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.

March 22: Vice President Pence announced: 

  • The testing backlog will be resolved by midweek.
     
  • To date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.

March 22:  President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.

March 22: FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.

March 23: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies.

March 23: VP Pence announced:

  • 313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results.
     
  • FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force so Americans get supplies they need.
     
  • HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.

March 23:  The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to:

  • Advance coronavirus research.
     
  • Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers.

March 23: Attorney General Barr announced: 

  • The Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging.
     
  • Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosectuor to prevent hoarding.

March 23: President Trump announced HHS is working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of these items.

March 23: The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.

March 24: President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.

March 24: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 24: Vice President Pence:

  • Confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators.
     
  • Announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.

March 24: Dr. Deborah Birx announced the U.S. has conducted more coronavirus tests in the last week than South Korea has over the prior eight weeks.

March 24: The U.S. Army issued orders for three army hospitals to deploy their health care professionals to New York and Washington state, at the direction of Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

March 25: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Texas
     
  • Florida
     
  • North Carolina

March 25:  President Trump & Vice President Pence held a conference call with 140 non-profit organization leaders, including The Salvation Army & The Red Cross, to discuss coronavirus response efforts.

March 25: President Trump signed a bill reauthorizing The Older Americans Act, which supports senior citizens by providing meals, transportation, and other crucial services.

March 25: Vice President Pence

  • Held a conference call with equipment manufacturers to discuss on-going coronavirus response efforts.

  • Announced 432,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received results.
     
  • Confirmed 4,000 ventilators were delivered to New York.

March 25: Vice President Pence held discussions with multiple governors, including the Governor of Indiana & the Governor of Michigan 

March 26: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Illinois

  • New Jersey
     
  • Maryland
     
  • Missouri

March 26:  President Trump announced the USNS Comfort will depart for NYC on Saturday to assist in the coronavirus response – 3 weeks ahead of schedule!

March 26: President Trump participated in a video conference with the leaders of the G20 to discuss the global coronavirus response & the need for countries to share information and data on the spread of the virus.

March 26: President Trump held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the coronavirus.

March 26: Vice President Pence announced 552,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.

March 26: Dr. Fauci announced the Federal Government is working with companies to speed up production of potential coronavirus vaccines while those drugs are still in the trial phase.

March 27: President Trump signed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law.

March 27: President Trump signed a Defense Production Act memorandum ordering General Motors (GM) "to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contractors for ventilators.

March 27: President Trump signed an executive order allowing the military to activate members of the Selected Reserve and Ready Reserve to active duty to assist with the Federal response to the coronavirus.

March 27: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • South Carolina
     
  • Puerto Rico

March 27:  President Trump appointed Office of Trade and Manufacturing policy director Peter Navarro to serve as the Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator.

March 27: President Trump announced that 100,000 ventilators are projected to be manufactured in the next 100 days, three times the amount typically manufactured in one year.

March 27: President Trump announced that Boeing offered the use of three "Dreamlifter" cargo air crafts to transport medical supplies across the country.

March 27: Partnering with FEMA, the CDC, and the Coronavirus Task Force, Apple released a coronavirus app which allows users to screen for their symptoms.

March 27: President Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the global coronavirus response and committed to helping provide ventilators to the U.K. where possible.

March 27: Vice President Pence announced that 685,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their test results.

March 27: Emory University began enrolling participants for a phase one clinical trial, sponsored by the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of a new, potential coronavirus vaccine.

March 27: FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor spoke to the director of each of the state's emergency operations about the state-led, federally-supported coronavirus response effort.

March 27: The USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angeles to help relieve the strain on hospital facilities in Southern California.

March 28: President Trump visited Norfolk, VA to send off the USNS Comfort to New York City where it will help relieve the strain on local hospitals.

March 28: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Guam
     
  • Michigan
     
  • Massachusetts 
     
  • Kentucky
     
  • Colorado

March 28: President Trump spoke with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis regarding the coronavirus response effort.

March 28: The CDC issued new guidance for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days to #StopTheSpread of the coronavirus within the U.S.

March 29: President Trump announced that CDC guidelines will be extended through April 30 to promote #socialdistancing and other measures to stop the spread of the #coronavirus.

March 29: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Connecticut
     
  • Oregon
     
  • Georgia
     
  • Washington DC

March 29:  President Trump met with supply chain distributors including FedEx, Cardinal Health, and UPS to discuss ways to get state and local governments necessary medical supplies to combat the coronavirus.

March 29: President Trump congratulated the Army Corps of Engineers for having completed construction on a 2,900 bedroom temporary hospital at the Javits Center in New York.

March 29: President Trump tweeted his support for the FDA to expedite the approval process to approve mask sterilization equipment produced by Battelle.

March 29: President Trump announced the on-going study of 1,100 patients in New York being treated with Hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus.

March 29: President Trump directed the Treasury & Labor Departments to look at reinstating deductions of business expenses at restaurants, bars, and entertainment businesses to help the hospitality industry.

March 29: The first "Project Airbridge" shipment of medical supplies from abroad, organized by FEMA, landed at JFK airport, carrying 80 tons of masks, face shields, and other vital medical supplies.

March 29: President Trump announced that Cigna and Humana are waving co-pays for coronavirus treatment.

March 29: Vice President Pence sent a letter to hospital administrators requesting that hospitals across the country report their coronavirus data to the Federal Government in addition to state authorities.

March 29: Adm. Giroir announced that 894,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.

March 29: HHS accepted 30 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine, donated by Sandoz, and one million doses of Chloroquine, donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for clinical trials and possible treatment of coronavirus patients.

March 30: President Trump announced that one million Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.

March 30: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Alabama
     
  • Kansas
     
  • Pennsylvania
     
  • Rhode Island

March 30:  Secretary Azar announced that the FDA has approved Battelle’s N95 mask sanitization process for use to decontaminate tens of thousands of masks per day.

March 30: President Trump announced further private sector commitments to manufacture personal protective equipment  by MyPillow, Honeywell, Jockey, Procter & Gamble, and United Technologies.

March 30: President Trump announced, to date, FEMA has dedicated $1.3 billion to assist New York State’s coronavirus response.

March 30: President Trump announced “more than 14,000” National Guard service members have been activated to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 30: President Trump spoke with the nation’s governors about their need for medical supplies.

March 30: President Trump announced that in the coming days the Federal Government will be delivering:

  • 400 ventilators to Michigan
     
  • 300 ventilators to New Jersey
     
  • 150 ventilators to Louisiana
     
  • 150 ventilators to Illinois
     
  • 50 ventilators to Connecticut

March 30:  President Trump spoke to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy and pledged to send $100 million of medical supplies to aid Italy’s battle against coronavirus.

March 30: Answering President Trump’s call for the private sector to join the fight against the #coronavirus, Ford Motor Company committed to producing 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days.

March 30: On coronavirus testing, Secretary Azar announced that the U.S. is currently testing nearly 100,000 samples per day.

March 30: HHS took steps to accelerate a clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Janssen Research & Development.

March 30: CMS announced new regulatory changes to cut red tape and give flexibility to America’s health care workers by relaxing hospital workforce regulations, expanding child care, meal, and laundry services for health care workers, expanding tele-health reimbursement, and more.

March 30: The USNS Comfort arrived in New York Harbor, providing more than 1,000 more hospital beds for patients without coronavirus, to relieve pressure on local hospitals.

March 30: The USNS Mercy began treating patients in Los Angeles.

March 31: President Trump officially issued “30 Days To Slow The Spread” guidance to mitigate the outbreak of coronavirus.

March 31: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Ohio
     
  • Montana

March 31: President Trump participated in a conference call with executives of American Network Service Providers to promote connectivity amid social distancing.

March 31: President Trump announced that the federal government is stockpiling 10,000 ventilators to be urgently distributed as needed once the coronavirus pandemic hits its peak in the U.S.

March 31: President Trump announced that the Treasury Department and SBA are rapidly mobilizing money from the CARES Act’s $349 billion paycheck protection program, with the program set to be “up and running” by April 3.

March 31: President Trump spoke to Michigan Governor Whitmer about the state’s need for ventilators.

March 31: President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & FEMA will construct:

  • 8 facilities with 50,000 bed capacity in California
     
  • A field hospital with 250 bed capacity in Michigan
     
  • 2 field hospitals in Louisiana with 500 bed capacity
     
  • An alternative care sight in New Orleans with a 3,000 bed capacity

March 31: President Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the international effort to defeat the coronavirus and support the global economy.

March 31: President Trump and the First Lady spoke with their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain about efforts to combat the coronavirus.

March 31: Vice President Pence announced that 10 states now have access to federal funding for The National Guard to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 31: Vice President Pence announced that 17,000 National Guard Servicemen have been activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response.

March 31: Vice President Pence announced that 1.1 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

March 31: Adm. Giroir & Surgeon General Adams issued an open letter to the U.S. health care community about how to optimize the use of ventilators.

March 31: The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for a two-minute coronavirus antibody test developed by Bodysphere Inc.

March 31: The Treasury Department and IRS launched the employee retention credit, created by the CARES Act to incentivize businesses to keep their employees on payroll, and said businesses can begin using it.

March 31: The VA announced that it had expanded virtual services to veterans, continuing to provide care while limiting in-person interactions that could potentially harm vulnerable populations at VA facilities.

April 1: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • North Dakota
     
  • Hawaii
     
  • The Northern Mariana Islands

April 1: President Trump spoke to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about the need to procure gowns for hospitals

April 1: President Trump spoke to military families whose relocation or reunion with loved ones was impacted by the coronavirus.

April 1: President Trump announced that the construction & refurbishing of two additional hospital ships like the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are being considered.

April 1: Vice President Pence announced that 1.2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 1: The White House, HHS, and the FDA worked with Senator Rob Portman to acquire and authorize for use over two million gowns donated to the Strategic National Stockpile by Cardinal Health.

April 1: Dr. Birx announced that the White House issued a challenge to universities and states to develop ELISA, or Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays, tests to detect coronavirus antibodies in larger communities more quickly.

April 1: The Treasury Department released FAQs to help small and medium businesses understand the paid sick and family leave tax credits now offered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

April 1: The Department of Labor posted a temporary rule to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in order to provide paid sick and family leave.

April 1: In New York City, the USNS Comfort began treating its first patients.

April 1: The VA opened its East Orange, NJ medical center to serve non-veteran coronavirus patients to assist the state and FEMA in their response to coronavirus.

April 1: The Treasury Department announced that Social Security recipients, including senior citizens, disabled Americans, and low-income Americans who do not file tax returns will have their coronavirus relief payments directly deposited into their bank accounts.

April 2: President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to direct 3M to produce more N95 respirator masks.

April 2: President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to help 6 companies (General Electric, Hill-Rom Holdings, Medtronic, ResMed, eRoyal Philips, and Vyaire Medical) get the supplies they need to make ventilators.

April 2: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Virginia
     
  • Tennessee
     
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands

April 2: President Trump discussed the production of ventilators with GM CEO Mary Barra.

April 2: President Trump announced that The Javits Center temporary hospital will be converted into a coronavirus hospital.

April 2: President Trump announced that the Department of Defense will be establishing 48 more ICU beds in New York.

April 2: President Trump announced that the Federal Government will be establishing a coronavirus hospital in Louisiana and Texas.

April 2: President Trump took an additional coronavirus test and tested negative.

April 2: President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.

April 2: President Trump sent Senator Chuck Schumer a letter debunking false claims made against the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response.

April 2: Secretary Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act to provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses, will be launched tomorrow.

April 2: Secretary Mnuchin announced that the first relief payments will be dispersed within two weeks.

April 2: Vice President Pence announced that 1.3 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 2: Vice President Pence announced that all Blue Cross Blue Shield Members will be waiving out of pocket costs for coronavirus treatment.

April 2: Rear Adm. Polowczyk announced FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force has delivered:

  • 27.1 million surgical masks
     
  • 19.5 N95 million respirator masks
     
  • 22.4 million surgical gloves
     
  • 5.2 million face shields
     
  • Over 7,600 ventilators

April 2: First Lady Melania Trump had a phone call with Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, who is recovering from the coronavirus.

April 2: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25 billion in federal funding to support public transportation systems in response to the coronavirus.

April 2: The Department of Justice and HHS distributed 192,000 N95 respirator masks confiscated from price gougers to health care workers in New York and New Jersey.

April 2: The FDA approved the first coronavirus antibody test, developed by Cellex.

April 2: The FDA issued new guidance to increase the supply of blood donations, reducing the deferral period for gay men from 12 months to 3 months.

April 2: The Department of Education donated 5,760 N95 respirator masks discovered in storage to aid the fight against the coronavirus.

April 2: Secretary Pompeo announced that the State Department has now brought home 30,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

April 2: April 2: HHS announced it was relaxing enforcement of HIPAA violations to encourage health care providers to share coronavirus data and information with federal and state health care officials.

April 2: The Trump Administration issued recommendations to nursing homes to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

April 2: HUD announced it was immediately making $3 billion of CARES Act funding available to help America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens across the nation.

April 2: The Energy Department announced it would immediately make 30 million barrels of the strategic petroleum reserve’s (SPR’s) oil storage capacity available to struggling U.S. oil producers.

April 3: President Trump announced new voluntary CDC guidelines that all Americans wear non-medical, fabric or cloth face masks to prevent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.

April 3: The President met with energy execs from Phillips 66, Devon Energy, Continental Resources, Hilcorp Energy, Occidental Petroleum, The American Petroleum Institute, The Energy Transfer Partners, Chevron, & Exxon Mobil to discuss coronavirus’ impact on the energy industry.

April 3: President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss convening the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in an effort to defeat the coronavirus and discuss its impact on the world.

April 3: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • New Hampshire
     
  • West Virginia
     
  • Indiana
     
  • Arkansas
     
  • Oregon

April 3: President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum blocking the export of N95 and other respirator masks, surgical masks, PPE gloves, and surgical gloves to ensure they are available in the U.S. – designating them as “scarce” under the Defense Production Act.

April 3: President Trump announced that Anthem will waive co-pays for coronavirus treatment for 60 days.

April 3: President Trump announced that uninsured Americans will have their coronavirus treatment covered, using funding from the CARES Act.

April 3: Trump Administration officials spoke to the directors of the two largest health care providers in Louisiana, Ochsner and LCMC Health, to discuss their need for medical supplies.

April 3: President Trump directed FEMA to send Ochsner Surgical Gowns.

April 3: President Trump announced that 9,000 retired Army medical personnel have volunteered and are assisting the federal response to the coronavirus.

April 3: President Trump announced that the DOJ and HHS have together secured:

  • 200,000 N95 masks
     
  • 130,000 surgical masks
     
  • 600,000 gloves

from hoarders and have distributed the supplies to health care workers.

April 3: Vice President Pence announced that 1.4 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date.

April 3: Vice President Pence announced that 18,000 machines are already available across the country to administer Abbott 15 Minute Coronavirus Tests, with another 1,200 soon to be distributed to states.

April 3: Vice President Pence announced that a Project Airbridge flight landed in Columbus, Ohio with medical supplies.

April 3: Secretary Azar announced a public-private partnership with Oracle to collect crowd-sourced data on coronavirus therapeutic treatments.

April 3: The SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, issuing more than 17,500 loans valued at $5.4 billion.

April 3: The Army Corps of Engineers is working with states to assess 750 requests for temporary hospital facilities, having completed 673 already.

April 3: The FDA announced it would coordinate the national effort to develop blood-related therapies for COVID-19.

April 3: The Defense Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force launched a new portal giving the private sector the ability to submit information and solutions to the DoD.

April 3: The State Department announced that they have awarded contracts for 8 new medical facilities, totaling 9,693 new beds.

April 3: The Department of Labor issued guidance to help employers reduce their use of N95 respirators, freeing up supply for the coronavirus response.

April 3: HUD announced it is making $200 million in Indian housing block grants for Indian Tribes under the CARES Act.

April 3: EPA Administrator Wheeler held a call with retailers and marketplace platforms to discuss ways to protect consumers from fake disinfectants.

April 3: First Lady Melania Trump held a phone call with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France to discuss the coronavirus response.

April 4: President Trump announced that 1,000 members of the Defense Department’s Medical Corps will be deployed to New York to assist in the fight against coronavirus.

April 4: President Trump spoke to commissioners of major league sports organizations including the MLB, NFL, & NBA, recognizing what the leagues, teams, and players are doing in their communities to combat coronavirus.

April 4: President Trump tweeted encouragement to American children unable to start their Little League baseball season on time due to coronavirus.

April 4: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Nebraska
     
  • Wisconsin
     
  • Maine
     
  • Nevada

April 4: President Trump announced that he was considering a second coronavirus task force focused on the economy.

April 4: President Trump urged PM Modi of India to allow Hydroxychloroquine to be shipped to the United States.

April 4: President Trump announced that the U.S. government has repatriated over 40,000 Americans from 75 countries.

April 4: Vice President Pence spoke to Governors of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland.

April 4: FEMA obligated $44 million to Iowa under the state’s major disaster declaration to combat the coronavirus.

April 5: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • South Dakota
     
  • New Mexico
     
  • Oklahoma
     
  • Mississippi

April 5: President Trump announced that by Tuesday, 3,000 military and medical personnel will have deployed to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to assist in the coronavirus response effort.

April 5: President Trump announced that the Trump Administration will be sending New York 600,000 N95 masks tomorrow, including 200,000 to Suffolk County alone.

April 5: President Trump announced that the Administration will soon send:

  • 300 ventilators to Michigan
     
  • 200 ventilators to Louisiana
     
  • 600 ventilators to Illinois
     
  • 100 ventilators to Massachusetts
     
  • 500 ventilators to New Jersey

April 5: President Trump announced the establishment of a federal coronavirus medical station in Washington D.C.

April 5: President Trump announced that Washington has returned 400 ventilators to the strategic national stockpile.

April 5: President Trump announced that 1.67 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 5: President Trump announced that the government has stockpiled 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine

April 5: Dr. Birx announced that testing in the New York metro area, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington has exceeded the testing rate of Spain and Italy

April 5: Adm. Polowczyk announced that three Project Airbridge flights of medical supplies landed across the US today carrying:

  • 1 million gowns
     
  • 2.8 million surgical masks
     
  • 11.8 million gloves

April 5: Adm. Polowczyk spoke to top health officials from states severely impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the supply chain.

April 5: Secretary Wilkie announced that the VA is making 1,500 beds available at VA hospitals to help states and localities across the country.

April 5: Vice President Pence spoke to governors from states severely impacted by the coronavirus, including Michigan, Louisiana, and Illinois.

April 5: FEMA and The Army Corps of Engineers completed renovations at the McCormick Place Pavilion in Chicago, providing an additional 500 hospital beds for the city

April 6: President Trump announced an agreement with 3M to produce and import 55.5 million N95 masks each month for the next three months.

April 6: President Trump held a call with CEOs from pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies to discuss potential coronavirus therapeutics.

April 6: President Trump had a “very friendly” phone call with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the coronavirus.

April 6: President Trump announced that 1.79 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 6: President Trump approved Governor Murphy’s request to allow New Jersey patients aboard the USNS Comfort.

April 6: President Trump approved Governor Cuomo’s request to allow the treatment of coronavirus patients on the USNS Comfort.

April 6: President Trump announced that CVS will open two new drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island. Both will use Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test.

April 6: President Trump announced that the FDA authorized Inovio’s potential coronavirus vaccine for a clinical trial, wile 10 potential coronavirus therapeutic agents are in “active trials” with another 15 potential therapeutics in plans for clinical trials.

April 6: President Trump praised the work of the private sector, including Apple and Salesforce, who have agreed to donate personal protective equipment to help defeat the coronavirus.

April 6: President Trump announced that The Army Corps of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals and alternative care sites in 18 states.

April 6: President Trump announced that 8,450 hospital beds and 8,000 ventilators have been deployed across the country from federal stockpiles.

April 6: Vice President Pence announced that to date $4.1 billion has been allocated to states under federal disaster declarations.

April 6: Vice President Pence announced that 21,000 National Guard Servicemen have been activated across the country to assist in the fight against coronavirus.

April 6: VP Pence announced that thanks to California’s donation of 500 ventilators, the federal government will send:

  • 200 ventilators to MD
     
  • 100 ventilators to DE
     
  • 100 ventilators to NV
     
  • 50 ventilators to DC
     
  • 50 ventilators to Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands

Apil 6: The CDC began publishing a new, data-centered coronavirus surveillance report on coronavirus.gov.

April 6: HHS announced an additional $186 million in CDC funding for state and local jurisdictions combatting the coronavirus.

April 6: HHS announced it will be purchasing 15 minute coronavirus tests from Abbott for state, territorial, and tribal labs and for the Strategic National Stockpile.

April 6: The Department of Education announced a streamlined process making it easier for states to use federal education funding for distance learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 7: President Trump participated in a conference call with banking executives to discuss how to best deliver financial aid and technical assistance to small businesses.

April 7: President Trump announced the SBA has processed “more than $70 billion” in loans to help small businesses as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.

April 7: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Minnesota related to the coronavirus outbreak.

April 7: President Trump announced that in addition to the 8,675 ventilators in the strategic national stockpile, the federal government will be acquiring 110,000 ventilators in the next three months to be distributed to states in need.

April 7: President Trump announced that 1.87 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 7: President Trump announced his intent to ask Congress for an additional $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program to loan to small businesses.

April 7: Vice President Pence participated in a conference call with over 500 business owners to discuss their needs amid the coronavirus response effort.

April 7: CMS Administrator Verma announced that CMS will make available an additional $30 billion in grants this week for health care organizations with increased operating costs due to the coronavirus.

April 7: The State Department announced an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus around the world.

April 7: As part of Project Airbridge, UPS and FEMA began shipments of 25 flights with more than three million pounds of medical supplies.

April 7: The Department of Transportation finalized a requirement that airlines who receive assistance under the CARES Act continue flights to destinations they were serving before the outbreak, ensuring commercial flights are available.

April 7: The EPA distributed over 1,100 N95 masks to the California Office of Emergency Services.

April 8: President Trump spoke to over 10,000 faith leaders & more than 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials to discuss the coronavirus response effort.

April 8: Secretary Pompeo announced that since January, over 50,000 Americans have been repatriated by 90 countries in over 480 flights.

April 8: Under the DPA, HHS announced a $646.7M contract with Philips to produce 2,500 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of May, and a total of 43,000 by December.

April 8: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Vermont related to the coronavirus outbreak.

April 8: President Trump announced that a Project Airbridge shipment of protective gowns landed in Dallas, Texas.

April 8: President Trump announced that 10 drugs to potentially be used against the coronavirus are currently in clinical trial.

April 8: President Trump thanked Indian PM Modi for allowing a shipment of the life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine to be released to the U.S.

April 8: Vice President Pence announced:

  • $98B in forgivable loans were disbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program
     
  • 27,000 National Guard service members were activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response

April 8: The CDC issued new guidance for how essential and critical workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus can return to work, with precautions.

April 8: Four additional flights as part of Project Airbridge landed across the country, delivering PPE and other medical supplies.

April 8: Customs and Borders Protection announced with FEMA that it will detain shipments of PPE in order to keep critical medical supplies within the U.S. for domestic use.

April 8: HHS announced an agreement with DuPont and FedEx to rapidly manufacture and deliver 2.25M new Tyvek Protective Suits to the Strategic National Stockpile over the next five weeks.

April 8: HHS expanded telehealth services for Native Americans through The Indian Health Service.

April 8: HHS authorized pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests, further expanding the availability of testing.

April 8: HHS awarded $1.3B from the CARES Act to 1,387 health centers in all 50 states, 8 territories, and the District of Columbia to fight coronavirus.

April 8: CMS issued updated guidance based on CDC guidelines to protect patients and health care workers in hospitals from the coronavirus.

April 8: The USDA announced its approval of Arizona's & California’s request for food stamp recipients to purchase food online, allowing these recipients to purchase groceries for delivery.

April 8: The VA announced that it has begun using funding from the CARES Act to pay overtime, hire new staff, and purchase supplies including PPE, beds, and pharmaceuticals.

April 9: President Trump spoke with mental health advocates from across the country to discuss their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.

April 9: President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for:

  • Alaska
     
  • Idaho

April 9: President Trump announced that 24 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date, with an additional 49 flights scheduled.

April 9: President Trump announced that there are currently 19 potential coronavirus therapies being tested and another 26 potential therapies in active planning for clinical trials.

April 9: President Trump announced that, to date, over 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 9: Vice President Pence announced that $125B in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans has been approved to date.

April 9: Vice President Pence announced that a total of 29,000 National Guard service members have been activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response.

April 9: Vice President Pence announced that to date 4,100 military medical personnel have been deployed to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

April 9: The Treasury Department announced that it extended over 300 tax filing, payment, and administrative deadlines to give relief to taxpayers.

April 9: Working with the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve announced new lending programs providing up to $2.3T in loans to businesses and state & local governments.

April 9: HHS announced it would relax enforcement of HIPPAA for pharmacies and other organizations that are working at coronavirus testing sites, helping these groups focus on testing.

April 9: Secretary of Education DeVos announced that $6.3B in CARES Act funding will be immediately distributed to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students affected by the coronavirus.

April 9: Secretary of Education DeVos announced that $6.3B in CARES Act funding will be immediately distributed to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students affected by the coronavirus

April 9: The EPA announced that more than 11,500 pieces of PPE have been transferred to FEMA, which will be later transferred to state and local agencies across New England combating the coronavirus.

April 9: The USDA launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program in Michigan, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 9: The USDA announced relief for farmers across the country by giving borrowers 12 months to repay marketing assistance loans (MAL), helping protect farmers from being forced to sell crops to make loan payments.

April 9: CMS temporarily suspended a number of regulations so that hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers can book the number of staff to confront the coronavirus

April 10: President Trump announced that 60 mask sterilization systems, with the ability to clean over 80,000 masks approximately 20 times, will be sent to 10 cities.

April 10:  President Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the global coronavirus response and the global energy market.

April 10: President Trump announced that a field hospital in Seattle will be leaving, as Washington State’s coronavirus outbreak becomes more manageable.

April 10: President Trump announced that his administration is working to bring blood-based serology tests to market “as quickly as possible” so Americans can determine if they have had the coronavirus.

April 10: President Trump announced that he will be establishing an “Opening Our Country Council” with more details coming early next week.

April 10: President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to facilitate the supply of medical equipment and other humanitarian relief to Italy.

April 10: Dr. Fauci spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon to discuss coronavirus mitigation in those states.

April 10: Vice President Pence, CDC Director Redfield, & Surgeon General Adams spoke to over 400 leaders of the African American community, including Jesse Jackson, NAACP representatives, & the National Black Nurses Association to discuss the impact of the coronavirus.

April 10: Vice President Pence spoke to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the specific needs of his state’s battle against the coronavirus.

April 10: Vice President Pence announced that more than 2.1M coronavirus tests have been completed to date.

April 10: Vice President Pence announced that:

  • 29,600 National Guard Troops have been activated
     
  • 4,700 active duty medical personnel have been deployed to nine states

April 10: Vice President Pence announced that to date, 26 Project Airbridge flights have landed in the U.S. with PPE, with four flights scheduled to land today with 250,000 gowns and 25M pairs of gloves.

April 10: HHS began delivering $30B in relief funding to health care providers, part of the $100B allocated to health care providers by the CARES Act.

April 10: The FDA approved an emergency authorization for a blood purification device to treat coronavirus patients.

April 10: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $1B for Amtrak to continue rail service and respond to the spread of the coronavirus.

April 10: The Treasury Department launched a web portal to help Americans who did not file tax returns receive their coronavirus relief payments under the CARES Act.

April 10: The Treasury Department announced it will launch a new “get my payment” app where Americans can enter their direct deposit information to get coronavirus relief payments quicker.

April 10: The VA deployed medical staffers to New Orleans to help “surge” personnel in the area, which is currently being heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

April 11: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Wyoming related to the coronavirus outbreak, marking the first time in U.S. history a President has declared that a major disaster exists in all 50 states.

April 11: The DoD announced it is using The Defense Production Act to get the private sector to produce 39 million N95 masks within 90 days, a $133M investment.

April 11: Three Project Airbridge flights landed in Chicago, Illinois, delivering over 62 million gloves.

April 11: The Department of Justice announced it is monitoring state and local social distancing regulations to ensure religious organizations are not unfairly targeted. 

April 11: The USDA added Florida & Idaho to the food stamp online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.

April 11: CMS expanded the requirements that private health insurers provide free coronavirus testing, saying that this includes anti-body testing and costs related to coronavirus testing, like emergency room or urgent care visits.

April 12: A deal brokered by President Trump was announced between The OPEC countries, Russia, and the U.S. to cut production and stabilize the oil market amid dual disruptions from coronavirus and the price war between Saudi Arabia & Russia.

April 12: The FDA issued an emergency authorization to devices from Advanced Sterilization Products, which can decontaminate approximately 4 million N95 respirators each day.

April 12: The FBI uncovered an international fraud scheme related to the attempted purchase of 39 million N95 masks by a Service Employees International Union Affiliate.

April 13: President Trump announced that new coronavirus infection rates remained “flat” over the weekend across the country.

April 13: President Trump announced that HHS is signing five new contracts for ventilators with GE, Hillrom, Medtronic, ResMed, & Vyaire, which will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile.

April 13: President Trump announced that nearly 3 million coronavirus tests have been completed, with roughly 150,000 new tests each day.

April 13: President Trump announced that multiple advisory committees, including a “faith leaders committee” will be formed to consult on the reopening of the country.

April 13: President Trump and Vice President Pence met with representatives from Abbott to discuss increasing the production of cartridges for Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test machines.

April 13: Vice President Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force led a conference call with 48 governors.

April 13: Vice President Pence announced that there are currently just under 7,000 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile, and that no one has been denied a ventilator who needed one.

April 13: Dr. Fauci participated in a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the African American community.

April 13: Adm. Polowczyk announced that 37 Project Airbridge flights have been completed, with another 43 scheduled.

April 13: 5 flights landed across the country carrying shipments of PPE as part of Project Airbridge.

April 13: The U.S. government now has 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine stockpiled.

April 13: The Treasury Department announced that 80 million Americans will receive economic impact payments in their bank accounts within the week.

April 13: The Treasury Department launched a new web portal which will quickly deliver CARES Act funding to state, local, and tribal governments.

April 13: The Defense Department announced it was buying 60 Battelle decontamination systems which can sanitize 80,000 N95 respirators per day.

April 13: HUD announced new guidelines clarifying that borrowers of multifamily mortgages insured by HUD and FHA and renters have certain protections from eviction and foreclosure.

April 13: The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission announced that they will be enforcing antitrust laws against businesses that try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to harm American workers.

April 13: The USDA released a “one-stop-shop” resource guide to help farmers, rural communities, and others know what resources and assistance are available to them as a response to the coronavirus.

April 13: The USDA approved Rhode Island’s request to join the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 13: The Department of Commerce and Census Bureau announced adjustments to the 2020 Census operational schedule to protect census workers and the American people during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 13: The VA announced a “dramatic” increase in virtual and tele-mental health appointments, a sign that veterans are still able to access care remotely during the coronavirus.

April 13: The DHS announced it had processed more than 271,000 travelers through enhanced screenings at airports as of April 12, referring nearly 1,500 to the CDC for further evaluation.

April 14: President Trump announced a halt in funding to the WHO while a review is conducted to assess its mistakes and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak.

April 14: President Trump announced the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private partnership to help hospitals with surplus loan them to hospitals in need.

April 14: President Trump met with health care executives to discuss the supply of ventilators.

April 14: President Trump announced the members of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, who will advise the President on how to re-open the economy.

April 14: President Trump met with coronavirus survivors at the White House to discuss their treatment and condition.

April 14: President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the global coronavirus response and the re-opening of the global economy.

April 14: President Trump extended an order for the federal government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations to states with recently approved disaster declarations.

April 14: HHS announced it was distributing the $3.5 billion in child care and development block grant funding included in the CARES act.

April 14: FEMA confirmed it send out 19.1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to cities across the country.

April 14: More than 30,000 National Guard troops total have been activated to assist in the coronavirus response.

April 14: Two flights landed carrying 16 million gloves, 698,590 gowns, and 690 thermometers as part of Project Airbridge.

April 14: The Treasury Department announced that many of the nation’s major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest intend to participate in the Payroll Support Program, helping pay airline workers salaries and benefits.

April 14: The Transportation Department announced $10 billion in relief for America’s airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created CARES Act airport grant program.

April 14: The Department of Energy announced it is negotiating crude oil storage contracts totaling 23 million barrels to help US energy producers affected by lower demand.

April 14: The EPA announced that it has temporarily waived certain approvals for manufacturers producing disinfectants for use against the coronavirus.

April 14: The Department of Education Announced $3 billion in education block grants for states to help schools, students, and educators at all levels.

April 14: The VA announced it has made a total of 1,500 hospital beds around the country available to FEMA.

April 14: GM began mass production on an order of 30,000 Ventec ventilators, 600 ventilators are expected to be shipped this month and the full order will be completed by August.

April 15: President Trump announced that new guidelines for re-opening the country will be announced tomorrow, in consultation with governors and lawmakers.

April 15: President Trump announced that more than 3.3 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 15: President Trump announced that 44 Project Airbridge flights have delivered supplies to date.

April 15: HHS awarded $90 million to Ryan White HIV/AID Program recipients to combat coronavirus.

April 15: The Treasury Department launched the “Get My Payment” web app, allowing taxpayers to submit their direct deposit information online for their Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments.

April 15: The Treasury Department announced that supplemental security income recipients will receive their coronavirus relief payments as they would their SSI benefits, directly into their bank accounts or by debit cards or by check.

April 15: CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payments for “high-throughput” coronavirus tests, incentivizing health care providers to increase the supply and speed of testing.

April 15: The Department of Labor awarded more than $131 million in dislocated worker grants to help workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

April 16: President Trump announced new, phased “opening up America again” guidelines.

April 16: President Trump participated in a video conference with leaders of the G7 to discuss a coordinated response to coronavirus, including pooling data and research, preparations to re-open their economies, and the WHO’s response to the coronavirus.

April 16: President Trump spoke with Republican and Democrat members of the Opening Up America Again Congressional Group on the coronavirus response and efforts to re-open the economy.

April 16: President Trump held a “Thank God For Truckers” ceremony on the South Lawn to thank truckers for moving goods and ensuring a stable supply of food, medical equipment, and other supplies during the pandemic.

April 16: President Trump participated in a video conference with governors on opening up America again.

April 16: President Trump announced that 3.5 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, the most of any country worldwide.

April 16: President Trump reiterated his request for an additional $250 billion to replenish the paycheck protection program to hep struggling small businesses.

​​​​​​​April 16: President Trump announced that 4,000 community banks have participated in the paycheck protection program.

​​​​​​​April 16: Under the DPA, HHS announced a $336 million contract with GE for 50,000 ventilators to be produced by July 13; in total, HHS has signed contracts for 41,000 ventilators by May and over 187,000 ventilators by the end of the year.

​​​​​​​April 16: Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza urged Congress to provide additional funds to the paycheck protection program to help small businesses.

​​​​​​​April 16: USAID announced that it committed nearly $508 million in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic aid around the world to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

​​​​​​​April 16: The FDA encouraged Americans who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma for the development of new treatments and therapies.

​​​​​​​April 16: OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help keep manufacturing workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 17: President Trump and Secretary Perdue announced a $19 billion relief package for ranchers and farmers impacted by the coronavirus.

April 17: President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for American Samoa related to the coronavirus outbreak, meaning major disaster declarations have been approved in all 50 states and in all US territories for the first time in history.

April 17: President Trump participated in a conversation with faith leaders to discuss the coronavirus response and “express his eagerness to get” houses of worship reopened as soon as possible.

April 17: President Trump spoke to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico to discuss Mexico’s need for additional ventilators.

April 17: President Trump announced that 3.7 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date.

April 17: Vice President Pence announced that a total of 33,000 National Guard troops and 5,500 active duty servicemembers have been activated to date to assist in the coronavirus response.

April 17: Dr. Fauci participated in a call with the Senate Democrat Caucus to discuss the US coronavirus testing capacity.

April 17: CDC Director Redfield announced that 500 CDC staff are now embedded in state, local, and tribal health agencies across the country.

April 17: Dr. Birx announced that 47 states have the ability to perform at least 30 tests per month per 1,000 residents.

April 17: The NIH announced a new public-private partnership with over a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies to speed up the development of coronavirus vaccines and therapies.

April 17: At the director of FEMA, GM announced that they delivered the first GM-Ventec ventilators to Chicagoland hospitals.

April 17: To support FEMA’s Project Airbridge, UPS announced it would add over 200 flights in April.

April 17: The Treasury Department and VA announced that veterans who had not filed tax returns would automatically receive economic impact payments without additional paperwork.

April 17: The DOJ filed an injunction to halt the online sale of a supposed “miracle” treatment for the coronavirus which is “unapproved, unproven, and potentially dangerous”.

April 17: The DOI announced it will continue to allow public access to parks.

April 17: The USDA added Washington, DC and North Carolina to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.

April 17: The USDA approved the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer for North Carolina and Massachusetts, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 18: President Trump announced that over 4 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, double the number of tests done by any other country.

April 18: President Trump announced that 1.6 million small businesses have participated in the paycheck protection program and reiterated his request that Congress replenish funding for the program.

April 18: President Trump offered to send ventilators to Iran, if the Iranian government accepted the assistance.

April 18: President Trump consulted with FEMA and military officials about the coronavirus response.

April 18: President Trump spoke to the leaders of Poland, South Korea, and Bahrain about the global response to the coronavirus.

April 18: The USDA added West Virginia to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.

April 19: President Trump announced that 4.18 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date – more tests than France, The U.K., South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Canada combined.

​​​​​​​April 19: President Trump announced his administration is working on using the DPA to increase the production of testing swabs.

​​​​​​​April 19: President Trump participated in a call with Republican senators on opening up America again.

​​​​​​​April 19: 64 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date carrying over 600 million pieces of gloves, gowns, and other PPE, with 50 additional flights scheduled in the future.

​​​​​​​April 19: CMS Administrator Verma announced new requirements for nursing homes to report outbreaks of coronavirus to patients, patients’ families, and the CDC.

​​​​​​​April 19: President Trump held calls with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Archbishop Bartholomew I, Turkish President Erdogan, and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte about the response to the coronavirus pandemic​​​​​​​.

April 20: President Trump announced that HHS has distributed the $30 billion in relief funding to health care providers under the CARES act.

​​​​​​​April 20: President Trump announced that there are currently 72 active trials for coronavirus therapies, with 211 additional therapies in the planning stages for active trials.

​​​​​​​April 20: Vice President Pence and members of the coronavirus task force spoke to all 50 state governors and provided each with a list of labs with additional testing capacity in their respective states.

​​​​​​​April 20:​​​​​​​ Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers Gen. Todd Semonite announced that USACE has, to date, executed the construction of 32 facilities across the country, creating approximately 16,000 more beds.

April 20: The Trump Administration announced its helping increase testing swab production by 30M per month - assisting an Ohio manufacturer to convert production lines to produce 10M swabs a month & using the DPA to help Puritan Medical Products produce 20M testing swabs a month.

​​​​​​​April 20: CMS Deputy Administrator and CMMI Director Brad Smith announced that 650,000 infrared thermometers have been secured by the federal government in anticipation of future demand for these devices as states re-open.

​​​​​​​April 20: Vice President Pence and Dr. Birx visited FEMA HQ and thanked FEMA staff for their hard work.

​​​​​​​April 20: Vice President Pence announced that all DoD and federal labs will be made available for states to use in order to increase testing capacity.

​​​​​​​April 20: Vice President Pence and Adm. Giroir announced that current testing capacity means that all 50 states are “ready right now to enter phase one” if they meet other criteria of the President’s opening up America guidelines.

​​​​​​​April 20: HHS announced a partnership with Oracle and their donation of a therapeutic learning system, an online platform designed for collecting crowd-sourced data on potential coronavirus therapies.

​​​​​​​April 20: Vice President Pence announced that the CDC is deploying teams of 10-12 experts to all states and territories to assist in contact tracing.

​​​​​​​April 20: HHS’ substance abuse and mental health services administration (SAMHSA) announced $110 million in emergency grants for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic.

​​​​​​​April 20: The Defense Department announced the hospital ship the USNS Comfort has started admitting patients from New Jersey.

​​​​​​​April 20: The Defense Department announced the US will be providing humanitarian support and relief to Italy, including transportation, supplies, and telemedicine.

​​​​​​​April 20: The EPA announced expanded research efforts into the coronavirus’ impact on the environment and human health.

​​​​​​​April 20: The VA announced it acquired a 470,000 sq. ft. facility in Texas to help provide overflow bed capacity to treat coronavirus cases, which will eventually serve as an outpatients and specialty care clinic for veterans.

​​​​​​​April 20: Acting DHS Secretary Wolf announced that US, Canada, and Mexico had extended non-essential travel restrictions for an additional 30 days.

​​​​​​​April 20: The Justice Department announced it cleared antitrust barriers which could have blocked the drug distribution company AmerisourceBergen from distributing medicine and supplies as part of the coronavirus response, including hydroxychloroquine.

​​​​​​​April 20: The USDA approved Arizona and Illinois to join the pandemic EBT program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs in these states who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 20: CMS announced it is incentivizing Medicare health care providers to report more coronavirus data to help treat and fight the spread of the disease.

April 21: After negotiations with the Trump Administration, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which includes an additional $382B for the PPP, $75B for hospitals, and $25B for coronavirus testing efforts.

​​​​​​​April 21: President Trump announced that 20 states announced plans to enter phase one of the opening up America again guidelines.

​​​​​​​April 21: President Trump officially announced plans to suspend immigration, with certain exceptions, for 60 days.

​​​​​​​April 21: President Trump met with Governor Cuomo at the White House to discuss coronavirus testing.

​​​​​​​April 21: President Trump announced that the FDA has now authorized more than 50 coronavirus diagnostic tests and four antibody tests.

​​​​​​​April 21: HHS announced $995 million in CARES Act grants for older adults and the disabled.

​​​​​​​April 21: FEMA approved nearly $5 million for BiPAP breathing machines for Pennsylvania.

​​​​​​​April 21: The FDA issued an emergency approval for the first coronavirus test where a sample can be collected at home.

​​​​​​​April 21: The State Department announced it is coordinating international humanitarian assistance with pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Taiwan.

​​​​​​​April 21: The USDA announced that states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas have been added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.

​​​​​​​April 21: Education Secretary DeVos announced an additional $6.2 billion in grants is available for universities to continue providing educational services during the outbreak, such as distance and remote learning programs.

April 22: President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation suspending immigration in the U.S. for 60 days due to “the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in an environment of high domestic unemployment’.

April 22: President Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass the Senate-backed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act without delay.

April 22: President Trump directed the Opportunity & Revitalization Council to focus on supporting underserved communities impacted by the coronavirus, including Black and Hispanic communities.

April 22: President Trump announced the Administration has to date directed more than $7 billion in funding towards coronavirus treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.

April 22: President Trump spoke to Governor Newsom about increasing testing capacity.

April 22: President Trump held calls with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan and Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar about the global coronavirus response.

April 22: Vice President Pence held a call with over 340 state legislators from 43 states to discuss the response to coronavirus.

April 22: Vice President Pence announced that 5,500 active duty military personnel are currently deployed to assist in the coronavirus response, including 964 medical personnel in 17 hospitals in 7 states.

April 22: Vice President Pence announced that the VA has been deploying teams of VA personnel to assist nursing homes in some states.

April 22: HHS awarded nearly $165 million in funding to fight the coronavirus in rural communities, providing CARES Act funding to 1,779 small rural hospitals and 14 HRSA-Funded telehealth resource centers.

April 22: HHS announced an additional $20 billion in CARES Act funding for health care providers would be disbursed this week.

April 22: FEMA Announced $36.5 million in expedited funding to the city and county of Denver, Colorado in response to the coronavirus.

April 22: FEMA published a final rule defining certain PPE as ”scarce” to combat hoarding and price gouging of these materials.

April 22: The Justice Department announced federal law enforcement officials had successfully disrupted hundreds of online coronavirus scam websites.

April 22: The USDA announced it has successfully increased monthly SNAP benefits by 40% during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 22: USDA approved Alabama for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 22: Secretary DeVos called on wealthy universities to reject taxpayer coronavirus funds and on Congress to change the eligibility put forth by the CARES Act.

April 23: President Trump held calls with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Colombian President Ivan Duque about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 23: President Trump announced that to date 750 million pieces of PPE have been delivered to the US through Project Airbridge.

April 23: Vice President Pence participated in a conference call with Secretary Carson to discuss refocusing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council on the needs of Hispanic and Black communities impacted by the coronavirus.

April 23: Vice President Pence announced that since the release of the Trump Administration’s Opening Up America Again guidelines, 16 states have issued formal re-opening plans.

April 23: Acting DHS Undersecretary for Science & Technology William Bryan announced findings of a study indicating that heat, humidity, and UV rays can slow and kill the coronavirus.

April 23: HHS announced $631 million in CARES Act funding for public health departments across the country for testing, contact tracing, and containment of the coronavirus.

April 23: HHS awarded nearly $5 million to poison control centers across the country which are seeing increased calls during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 23: CMS released a new telehealth toolkit to accelerate state us of telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 23: The USDA approved Wisconsin for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 23: The EPA announced that it blocked the importation of “a significant number of shipments” of illegal and untested “virus shut out” products that were being shipped into California airports.

April 24: President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law, providing $321B in new funding for the PPP, $75B for health care providers, and $25B for coronavirus testing.

April 24: President Trump held calls with the Indonesian President, Ecuadorian President, El Salvadorian President, and Honduran President about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 24: Vice President Pence announced to date 5.1 million coronavirus tests have been completed.

April 24: Vice President Pence announced that over 35,000 National Guard troops and 5,000 active duty military personnel in 10 states remain active to assist in the coronavirus response.

April 24: Vice President Pence & members of the coronavirus held a conference call with Governors to discuss increasing testing capacity.

April 24: FDA Administrator Dr. Hahn announced the FDA granted emergency approvals to 63 coronavirus diagnostic and serological tests to date.

April 24: Administrator Carranza & Secretary Mnuchin announced that the FBA will resume accepting PPP loans on Monday, April 27.

April 24: Secretary of Labor Scalia participated in a virtual G20 Labor & Employment Ministers meeting to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 24: The VA announced that hiring has increased 37% during the first 2 weeks of April, as the agency surges staff to fight the coronavirus.

April 24: The DOJ obtained an injunction prohibiting a Dallas health center from fraudulently promoting “ozone therapy” as a legitimate COVID-19 treatment.

April 24: USDA approved California & Connecticut for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 24: The USDA announced Vermont was added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.

 
 
 
Texan1211
4.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4.1.1    one week ago

Gee, I wonder how long that list would have been if Trump HAD ignored all warnings!!

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1.3  Heartland American  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4.1.1    6 days ago

Great post!  Thanks for setting the record straight.  

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Heartland American @4.1.3    6 days ago

Amazingly it is missing all of Trump's gaffs. How is that?

 
 
 
Thomas
4.1.5  Thomas  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4.1.1    6 days ago

That doesn't really show that he did much of anything about what you claim, but nice try at deflection and flooding the article with BS. 

January 27: President Trump tweeted that he made an offer to President Xi Jinping to send experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.

So that was (Deleted) first response? To Tweet about it? Very nice, and predictable.

Also:

January 27: The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 

Very nice to keep him informed. And two days later, the POtuS is actually informed that someone is going to inform him of something that may be important. And two days after that he actually does something of substance, but not much.What did he do between the first and the 31st? tweet tweet tweet

 
 
 
lib50
4.1.6  lib50  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4.1.1    6 days ago

All those words, and still doesn't change Trump's failure to deal with the pandemic.  We still watch it every day when he misrepresents the reality of Covid and tries to praise his own response.  No matter how long the post, when it comes to actual competence, just not there federally.  You can't deny his own words, he decided in the beginning to lie about the virus to Americans until he gets slapped upside the head with reality.His failures in the beginning lead to tens of thousands of American death that would be alive today.  You forget we've been watching Trump and his response from the very beginning. April's actions should have been February, and so on.  Not to mention Trump himself doesn't even listen to the experts as much as he does 'some people'. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.1.7  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Thomas @4.1.5    6 days ago
POtuS

I C watt ewe did

President Of the united States

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1.8  Heartland American  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.1.4    5 days ago

Let’s get back on topic...https://www.instagram.com/p/CAlz6uGFtcw/?igshid=hrgm60fpfs3u

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.1.9  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Heartland American @4.1.8    5 days ago

I was on topic. In fact, it is your meme that is not.

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1.10  Heartland American  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.1.9    5 days ago

The topic is Andrew Cuomo being to blame for the nursing home fiasco in his state.  My comparison of Cuomo and DeSantis fit right in.  Everyone was saying that with Florida’s larger population and lots of NY snowbirds,  four large cities, and a million more seniors that because of that and DeSantis policies that Florida was ripe to become the next New York or even the next Italy.  Now Cuomo is trying to shift blame for his nursing home debacle upon the President despite all that the President did for that state.  Not going to happen.

 
 
 
Thomas
4.1.11  Thomas  replied to  igknorantzrulz @4.1.7    5 days ago

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Thomas
4.1.12  Thomas  replied to  Heartland American @4.1.10    5 days ago
The topic is Andrew Cuomo being to blame for the nursing home fiasco in his state.  My comparison of Cuomo and DeSantis fit right in.  

How about discussing that instead of posting memes?

 Now Cuomo is trying to shift blame for his nursing home debacle upon the President

Oh, you mean by explaining in plain english why he did what hedid? Right.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.1.13  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Heartland American @4.1.10    5 days ago
Now Cuomo is trying to shift blame for his nursing home debacle upon the President despite all that the President did for that state.  Not going to happen.

He has made every attempt to not be political with Trump. He says it daily. No one I know in NY is attacking DeSantis. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.1.14  igknorantzrulz  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @4.1.1    5 days ago

REALLY ?

iS THAt aLL u got ?

i MAKE TO DO LISTS of my to do lists longer than that, while having things to do and not even listing them

 
 
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