Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump outlines National Guard activations for New York, California and Washington

Trump outlines National Guard activations for New York, California and Washington

The governors will be in command and the administration will be following them, said Trump, adding he spoke with the states' leaders on the action and noted "they're very happy with what we're going to be doing". Similar facilities are also being planned for NY and Washington, two states also hit hard by the virus, with medical supplies coming along with those facilities.

Zoom in: The federal government would fund 100% of the deployment cost via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "to carry out approved missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command", Trump said.

President Donald Trump on Sunday activated the National Guard for three states hit hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) - New York, California and Washington.

"We can't have the cure be worse than the problem", Trump told reporters which was a similar message he blasted in a tweet early Monday, "We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems".

Mr. Trump said he's sending "federal medical stations" to hard-hit states with thousands of beds to handle patients, and he's empowered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build medical facilities in NY.

Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) and Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) have enacted measures to maximize their capacity well ahead of the potential surge in hospitalizations, the Advance/SiLive.com previously reported. "If we don't get more ventilators people will die".

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The supplies should be in NY and California within the next 48 hours, Trump said. "We're about 10 days away from seeing widespread shortages".

The president also said Congress is working to protect unemployed workers until the epidemic is defeated.

"We want people that have been checked into a hospital, that are being treated for what they expect to be coronavirus, to receive those tests more quickly.", said Vice President Mike Pence.

He said: 'Unfortunately, California has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The Senate has refused to advance the coronavirus rescue package in a procedural vote with Democrats rejecting a draft from Republicans and pushing for more aid for workers.

Pete Gaynor of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that medical supplies, including personal protective equipment, will be arriving in the affected states within 42 hours.

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