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Riddle News: Covid-19 August 2020

10 29 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from August here:

AUGUST 2020

03 August

  • President authorizes extension through the end of the year for the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 assistance in 46 states and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Effective August 21, 44 states and these territories will have a 75% Federal cost share. Florida and Texas will retain a 100% Federal cost share.
  • President signs an Executive Order focusing Federal agencies on United States labor in Federal contracts. The order notes that these opportunities are especially critical during the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19.

05 August

  • DOD, in support of the DHHS Strategic National Stockpile, announces it has awarded $104M for procurement of syringes in support of the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

06 August

  • President signs an Executive Order on ensuring essential medicines, medical countermeasures, and critical inputs are made in the United States.
  • The U.S. State Department, in coordination with the CDC, lifts its Global Level 4 Health Advisory that had been in place since March 19. With changing COVID-19 conditions, the Department is returning to its previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.
  • DOD Under Secretary for Personnel & Readiness issues Force Health Protection Guidance Supplement 12.

07 August

  • President directs FEMA to fund 25% of the cost share through September 30 for the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 assistance in Arizona, California, and Connecticut. This assistance is in addition to the 75% federal cost share through the end of the year for the extension of the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 response announced on August 3.

08 August

  • President signs a memorandum authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for major disaster declarations related to COVID-19.
  • President signs a memorandum deferring payroll tax obligations in light of COVID-19.
  • POTUS signs an Executive Order on fighting the spread of COVID-19 by providing assistance to renters and homeowners.
  • President extends student loan payment relief during COVID-19 through the end of the year.

10 August

  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, announces details for a Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 action: a $3.1M agreement with BioFire Defense, LLC, to expand domestic production capacity for molecular diagnostic testing.

11 August

  • State Testing Plans Now Publicly Available: HHS has published an all 50 state COVID-19 testing plans. Posting the plans allows states to view others’ approaches, plans and strategies and create new methods moving forward. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) awarded a total of $10.25 billion to states, territories, and localities to help implement the goals of each jurisdiction’s testing plan, with goals to improve testing for minorities and other vulnerable groups.  

14 August

  • DOD awards $750K to Plasma Technologies, LLC for manufacturing of convalescent plasma products using a novel process in support of the U.S. COVID-19 response.

20 August

  • DOD reaches over 50,000 presumed COVID-19 cases (military, military dependents, DOD civilian employees, and DOD contractors).

21 August

  • DOD announces details for three more Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: AQYR Technologies ($3.6M), Leonardo Electronics US Inc. ($7M), and Aero Turbine ($3.7M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption.

23 August

  • The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19.

25 August

  • President Trump announces additional steps, including new testing requirements, to help protect nursing home residents from COVID-19.

27 August

  • The Trump Administration announces its purchase and production of 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests, to be distributed across the country.

29 August

  • FEMA, acting on President Trump’s order earlier in the month, announced Lost Wages Grant for Florida. It will allow Florida to provide $300 per week – on top of their regular unemployment benefit – to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

Special Notice as of 10/29/20

We are just days from perhaps the most crucial election our country has ever had. It is complicated by the lies and distortions that have daily been aimed at Americans. I have personally witnessed otherwise intelligent people repeat the lies they’ve been told. I’ve also read Letters to the Editor of our local paper that are based on these lies as well. And all to many people have believed them. I hope I have reached at least one of the above who now realize that the Trump Administration was on top of Covid-19 (or CCP for Chinese Communist Party virus) from the beginning.

I’ve shown you the record. It is a record of hard work and success. Instead of 2.2 million deaths if we did nothing, it has been reduced to under 228,000 deaths. That is amazing, especially when you consider that they started out with antiquated tools and Democratic opposition. They eventually got better tools and the Democrats finally realized the threat (and the opportunity to assail Trump).

While the Democrats used the crises to advance their leftist agenda, the Trump Administration fought to bring the deadly results of the virus down and fought to not only save the economy, but getting it going strong again. And with a 33.1% growth in the 3rd Quarter, he’s succeeding.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.57% as of today (10/29/20). That’s another 0.01% drop since yesterday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru August were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point, and we are still seeing the Death Rate decline.

Tomorrow, I will bring this series to a close.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 July 2020

10 28 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from July here:

JULY 2020

01 July

  • On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Interior released public health guidance for the Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall on July 4. The Department recommends people who are not members of the same household keep six feet apart and asks people to wear masks. The Department is providing 300,000 cloth masks at the event.
  • DOD approves award of the Armed Forces Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal to recognize service members for their qualifying participation in COVID-19 operations.

02 July

  • DOD replaces its “Travel Restrictions: Green Locations” releases with installation status updates. The previous format listed U.S. states, districts, and territories, and host nations which meet the conditions outlined in the Secretary of Defense’s May 22 memo on moving to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel. The new format lists the status of travel restrictions for DOD Installation, facilities, and locations with greater than 1,000 DOD personnel assigned. Weekly updates will be posted on the releases page of Defense.gov.

04 July

  • POTUS signs into law a bill that reauthorizes lending under the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020 and separates the authorized limits for commitments under the program from other Small Business Administration loan programs.

06 July

  • DA Authorizes EUA for Rapid Diagnostic Test: The Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization for a rapid, point-of-care, SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test called a BD Veritor Plus System. Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. believes it will help identify community spread of the virus by further enabling rapid diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • PA Announces First Disinfectants Proven against COVID-19: The EPA announced that it has approved the first two surface disinfectant products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Max Cover Disinfectant Mist as effective against COVID-19. The agency also maintains a list (List N) of over 400 products from manufacturers that submit data to the agency showing their disinfectants are effective against harder-to-kill viruses that are similar to COVID-19.

07 July

  • HHS and DOD Partner with Regeneron for COVID-19 Therapeutic Treatment Project: HHS and DOD announce their partnership with Regeneron, Inc. to demonstrate a commercial-scale manufacturing of the company’s COVID-19 investigational anti-viral antibody treatment, REGN-COV2. The partnership allows the federal government to own the doses of the anti-viral treatment expected to result from the demonstration project. The company estimates between 70,000 and 300,000 treatment doses could be available from this project, with the initial doses ready as early as end of summer and completed this fall.
  • HHS and DOD Partner with Novavax to Produce Doses of Experimental Vaccine: In a $1.6 billion agreement with Novavax, HHS and DOD set out to demonstrate commercial-scale manufacturing of the private company’s COVID-19 investigational vaccine. This agreement allows the federal government to own the 100 million doses of the investigational vaccine expected to result from the demonstration projects. As a part of Operation Warp Speed, the vaccine doses will become available for clinical trials to investigate their effectiveness. 
  • Increase in COVID-19 Testing for Hotspot Jurisdictions: HHS announced free COVID-19 testing for Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, AR; and Edinburgh, TX. The temporary funding increases federal support in places where there has been an intense rise in positive cases and hospitalizations. Testing at surge locations is available to people five years and older who have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms, at a high risk for exposure, or those worried about contracting COVID-19. 

08 July

  • The United States formally withdraws from WHO. The reason is the failure of WHO (documented in this chapter) in handling COVID-19. Withdrawal was effective July 6, 2020.

09 July

  • 21 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response: HHS awards HRSA $21 million to be distributed to health centers to help their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the funding will be used to expand health centers’ capabilities for COVID-19 testing, with $17 million to support 78 Health Center Program look-alikes. 

10 July

  • $4 Billion in Additional Relief Payments to Healthcare Providers: HHA announces an additional relief package to healthcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals serving a large percentage of vulnerable populations on thin margins is set to receive $3 billion and approximately $1 billion will go to specialty rural hospitals, urban hospitals with certain rural Medicare designations, and hospitals in small metropolitan areas. HHS expects to distribute over $3 billion across 215 acute care facilities, bringing the total payments for safety net hospitals from the Provider Relief Fund to $12.8 billion to 959 facilities.
  • DOD announces details for seven Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: AirMap ($3.3M), ModalAI ($3M), Skydio ($4M), Graffiti Enterprises ($1.5M), Obsidian Sensors ($1.6M), Leo Labs Inc. ($15M), and ArcelorMittal Inc. ($56M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

13 July

  • President signs into law the “Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act,” increasing from $1M to $10M the amount the DHHS may spend for the provision of assistance to repatriated U.S. citizens in FY 2020.

17 July

  • DOD reports two Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Amfuel ($14.9M), and Rolls-Royce ($22M) helping retain critical workforce capabilities throughout COVID-19 disruption restoring some jobs lost due to the pandemic.

23 July

  • DOD announces it has awarded a $4.9M contract to Pall Corporation to increase industrial base expansion for medical ventilator components.

24 July

  • DOD announces details for three Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: eMagin Corporation ($33.6M), Meggitt-Rockmart, Inc. ($14.9M), and Urban Mining Company ($28.8M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

25 July

  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $2.75M contract with NPS to increase U.S. domestic production of meltblown fiber.

27 July

  • DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services have awarded a $7.6M contract with Hologic, Inc., to increase U.S. domestic production of custom sample collection and processing consumables for COVID-19 testing.

31 July

  • HHS Announces an Extension to the Application Deadline for Medicaid and Medicare Providers:HHS extended the application deadline for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers. Providers now have until Aug. 28, 2020 to apply for these federal programs. By extending the deadline, certain Medicare providers get a second chance to apply for federal assistance due to COVID-19 expenses, and providers who had a change in ownership get to apply for the Provider Relief Fund payment.  
  • DOD announces it has awarded a $42M contract to Curative Inc. to provide 250,000 Curative Inc. oral fluid swab test kits to military treatment facilities, thus expanding the department’s COVID-19 testing capability.
  • DOD announces details for a Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 action: a $31M agreement with North American Forgemasters to sustain and increase critical industrial base capability for domestic production of ultra-large iron and steel forging in support of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a $51.15M undefinitized contract action to Puritan Medical Products Company LLC to increase domestic production capacity of flock tip testing swabs.
  • DOD and the DHHS have invested $24.3M in Becton, Dickinson, and Co. to establish and expand production of SARS-CoV-2 assays for BD Veritor™ devices

[At this time, the total cases were 3,760,000 and total deaths were 140,471 for a death rate of 3.7%. This indicates that the so-called death rate delay has not shown up as the rise in cases began July 2. Despite this fact the national news media continues to talk about the virus in an urgent, discouraging manner. Why?]

Special Notice as of 10/28/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.58%. That’s another 0.01% drop since yesterday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 June 2020

10 27 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from June here:

JUNE 2020

(I am now focusing on the United States only)

02 June

  • United States Secretary of Energy Dan Brouilette announced Monday that the Department of Energy will enter the first phase of its reopening plan June 8, allowing some mission-critical personnel to return to work at facilities in Washington and Maryland.
  • Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety: The FDA has issued a new piece, “Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” and bylined by Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. Plans for the New Era initiative were put on hold in order to prioritize the agency’s COVID-19 response. The FDA will release the blueprint in the coming weeks, outlining plans over the next decade to create a more digital, traceable, and safer food system.
  • CDC Releases Several COVID-19 Guidance Documents: The CDC has released several COVID-19 guidance documents for individuals with disabilities. The resources include: Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities, a resource for direct service providers, caregivers and parents of individuals with disabilities and a final resource for those with developmental or behavioral disorders including information on maintaining routine care, managing stress and mental health. 

03 June

  • COVID-19 Supplemental Funding: HHS has announced another round of funding that will help providers respond to COVID-19. The agency has disbursed $250 million, provided by Congress in the CARES Act, to go to providers to help expand telehealth services, train staff, procure supplies and personal protective equipment PPE and better coordinate their overall response. 
  • The FDA Provides New Web-based Resource, Testing Supply Substitution Strategies: The file contains information to help support labs performing authorized COVID-19 tests and an interactive ability that includes validated supply alternatives that labs can use to continue performing testing when there are supply issues. This information is not intended to alter any already issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 diagnostic test.

05 June

  • President Trump signs into law the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020, modifying provisions for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

08 June

  • FMCSA Updates Emergency Rules for Truck Drivers: The federal motor carrier safety administration extended and modified its emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 pandemic. While the agency will continue to allow commercial motor vehicle operators to disregard hours of service for delivery of certain medical products necessary to fight the pandemic, those operators delivering food will now have to abide existing requirements. The agency first issued a relaxation of requirements for operators back in March.

09 June

  • The Department of Defense announced that it was lifting travel restrictions on installations in 38 states, Washington D.C., and five countries (Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, the U.K., and Japan). Service members could travel between those areas without needing permission. Travel restrictions remained in place in 12 states.

10 June

  • DOD announces details for five Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Bethel Industries, Inc. ($15M); GE Aviation ($20M); Spirit AeroSystems ($80M); Steel America ($19.5M); and Allied System ($500K). These actions will help sustain defense-critical workforce capabilities in body armor, aircraft manufacturing, and shipbuilding.

11 June

  • Based on analysis of local conditions and per the Administration’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, DOD Chief Management Officer announces the Pentagon Reservation will move to Phase One (Restricted) of the Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience, effective June 15, 2020. Under Phase One, the Health Protection Condition for the Pentagon remains at Charlie.

15 June

  • FDA COVID-19 Update on EUA: The FDA revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for donation of certain drugs to the Strategic National Stockpile as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. The drugs, chloroquine, phosphate, and hydroxychloroquine have been determined as unlikely be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA. 

16 June

  • the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that Migrant Protection Protocol proceedings and in-person document services would likely resume on July 20.

·     Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced that the U.S. would keep restrictions limiting non-essential travel to or from Mexico and Canada in place through July 21.

17 June

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report for nonessential businesses planning on reopening, titled “Guidance on Returning to Work.” The guidance includes recommendations for a three-phased reopening strategy.

18 June

  • HHS Funds to Grow and Train the Health Workforce: HHS announced $107.2 million in funding to 310 recipients to help increase the health workforce in rural and underserved communities. 45 states and U.S. territories have received funding to help improve the quality, distribution, and diversity of health professionals. 

19 June

  • The Department of Defense lifted travel restrictions on additional installations in 46 states and eight host nations, allowing military and civilian personnel to travel to those locations.
  • The Internal Revenue Service released guidance for individuals participating in retirement plans that describes how they can take advantage of provisions in the CARES Act that related to retirement plans.
  • CDC Released COVID-19 Case Surveillance Report: The CDC report describes COVID-19 case surveillance in the United States and demographic characteristics, underlying health conditions, symptoms, and outcomes among the 1,320,4888 confirmed COVID-19 cases that were reported individually between Jan. 22 through May 30,2020. 
  • DOD, in support of the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $13.5M contract with Lydall, Inc., to increase U.S. domestic production of meltdown filtration media, a critical commodity component to produce N95 respirators and surgical masks.
  • DOD announces details for 5 Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Austal USA ($50M), W International ($55M), Weber Metals Inc. ($25M), GE Aviation ($55M), and American Woolen Company ($2M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

22 June

  • Citing economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump (R) signed a proclamation restricting the issuance of some visas that permit immigrants to work in the United States. Visas affected include L-1s, H-1Bs, H-4s, H-2Bs, and J-1s. The restrictions take effect June 24 and expire December 31, 2020.
  • DOD Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment signs Memorandum of Agreement with the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The agreement formalizes the relationship between DOD and DFC to use $100M of DOD’s CARES Act spend plan to subsidize multiple federal loans for domestic industrial base capabilities to support national COVID-19 response.

23 June

  • Nursing Home Guidance for Visitors Released: CMS released guidance on reopening nursing homes to visitors using a FAQ sheet. Nursing homes can open up to visitors depending on incidence of COVID-19 cases in a 28-day period. The FAQ sheet discusses reopening before Phase III, compassionate care situations, factors to consider for visitation, and testing strategies.

24 June

  • Department of Health and Human Services ended support for 13 federal testing sites and encouraged states to take them over. The sites are spread across five states, including Texas.
  • Changes to Staffing Information and Quality Measures on Nursing Homes: CMS plans to end Medicare emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data by Aug. 14, 2020. The reporting system CMS uses to collect nursing home staffing information impacts the quality of patient care. The waiver temporarily allows the agency to concentrate on combating COVID-19 and reduce administrative burdens on nursing homes. 
  • Treasury Updates the Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions: The Department of Treasury has updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, territorial, local, and tribal governments. Through CRF, the CARES Act provides payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

25 June

  • Based on analysis of local conditions and per the Administration’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, DOD Chief Management Officer reports Pentagon Reservation will move to Phase Two of the Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience, effective June 29, 2020. This transition lowers the Health Protection Condition for the Pentagon to Bravo.

26 June

  • Guidance Issued for Healthcare Facilities: In conjunction with the CDC, CMS issued guidance for healthcare facilities entering Phase II to begin preparing for their non-emergent, non-COVID-19 care, including visitation guidelines in buildings such as nursing homes and hospitals. CMS recommends that every visitor be screened for COVID-19 and complete reopening of facilities should wait until Phase III.

29 June

  • The Defense Department announced that it had lifted travel restrictions on military installations in ten more states, allowing service members to resume recreational travel and change-of-station moves. Restrictions were also lifted on troops in Guam, Puerto Rico, and South Korea.
  • New Supplies of Remdesivir for the U.S.: HHS announced an agreement that will secure large supplies of remdesivir from Gilead Sciences through September and will allow American hospitals to purchase the drug in amounts allocated by HHS and state health departments. 

30 June

  • The Treasury Department and the IRS announced that the tax deadline would not be extended beyond July 15. The deadline was postponed from April 15 to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The FDA took important action to help facilitate the timely development of safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19 by providing guidance with recommendations for those developing COVID-19 vaccines for the ultimate purpose of licensure. The guidance, which reflects FDA advice has been providing over the past several months to companies, researchers, and others, describes the agency’s current recommendations regarding the data needed to facilitate manufacturing, clinical development, and approval of a COVID-19 vaccine.

[At this time, the total cases were 2,590,000 and total deaths were 126,140 for a death rate of 4.9%. Starting in July reporting data begins to shift in both W.H.O. & CDC reports. A move away from daily reports.]

Special Notice as of 10/27/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.59%. That’s another 0.01% drop since Monday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 May 2020

10 26 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from May here:

05 May

  • Vice President Mike Pence told reporters the White House was considering winding down its coronavirus task force in May or June. He has overseen the task force since January. The task force responsibilities could be transferred to other federal agencies.

06 May

  • DOD has signed, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, a $126M contract award with 3M for increased production of 26M N95 medical-grade masks per month, starting in October.

08 May

  • President issues memo providing continued federal support for governors’ use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and to facilitate economic recovery to the state of South Dakota.

11 May

  • In a call with state governors, Vice President Mike Pence (R) said the federal government was recommending that states test all nursing home staff and residents over the next two weeks.

12 May

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will publicly post CDC data on all nursing homes across the country by the end of May. The data will include suspected and confirmed cases and deaths at each facility.

13 May

  • Defense Logistics Agency, in coordination with FEMA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, signs a $134M contract with the Federal Resources Supply Company to provide PPE for medical personnel at over 15,000 nursing homes.

14 May

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will publicly post CDC data on all nursing homes across the country by the end of May. The data will include suspected and confirmed cases and deaths at each facility.

15 May

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued reopening guidelines for businesses and workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
  • President Donald Trump announced the creation of Operation Warp Speed, an Administration task force meant to help develop a coronavirus vaccine. Moncef Slaoui was named as the task force’s chief scientist, and U.S. Army General Gustave Perna was named chief operating officer.
  • USNS Mercy departs Los Angeles after supporting DOD’s COVID-19 response efforts for a month and a half. The Mercy will return to San Diego, Calif., prepared for future taskings in support of FEMA as relief efforts continue.

19 May

  • President Trump issued an executive order directing federal agencies to remove regulatory barriers to economic activity as part of a coronavirus pandemic recovery effort.
  • The White House announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, had awarded a $354 million contract to Phlow Corp., a Virginia-based pharmaceutical company, to manufacture generic medicines and ingredients used to treat COVID-19. The four-year contract is part of an effort by the White House to return pharmaceutical manufacturing back to the United States.
  •  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the U.S. would extend travel restrictions in place at the Canadian and Mexican borders another 30 days to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions were enacted in late March in cooperation with both countries and extended for an additional 30 days on April 20. Essential travel, including for trade and commerce, is still allowed, but travel for tourism or recreation is prohibited.

21 May

  • The DoD ended a ban on new recruits who’d been hospitalized for COVID-19. Matthew Donavan, the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said the military would evaluate recruits who had recovered from the disease on a case-by-case basis.

26 May

  • On May 24, the White House announced it had accelerated a proclamation prohibiting travelers from Brazil from entering the United States, moving the date the restrictions take effect from Thursday, May 28, to Tuesday, May 26 at midnight. The proclamation prohibits foreign travelers who have been in Brazil in the last 14 days from entering the United States.

27 May

  • The Department of Defense released new details on the approach it will take to phase out global travel restrictions on military and civilian personnel. The restrictions, which placed limits on deployments, redeployments, and personnel movement within the United States and between counties, will be gradually lifted on a geographic basis.

28 May

  • DOD, in support of the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $2.2M contract with Hollingsworth & Vose to increase U.S. domestic production of 27.5M N95 ventilator filters, and 3.1M N95 respirators per month, starting in August.

30 May

  • President Trump plans a U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization and will redirect the nation’s contribution funds to help meet global public health needs.

[At this time, the total cases were 1,776,785 and total deaths were 103,781 for a death rate of 5.8%]

Special Notice as of 10/26/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.609% or 2.61% (rounded off)! That’s another 0.05% drop since Friday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have 10 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 April 2020

10 23 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from April here:

01 April

  • President Trump spoke to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about the need to procure gowns for hospitals.
  • President Trump spoke to military families whose relocation or reunion with loved ones was impacted by the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that the construction & refurbishing of two additional hospital ships like the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are being considered.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Bureau of Prisons announced it was instituting a 14-day lockdown of all prison inmates. According to TIME, the order affected 22 facilities and 146,000 inmates.

02 April

  • President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to direct 3M to produce more N95 respirator masks.
  • 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.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: Virginia, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • President Trump discussed the production of ventilators with GM CEO Mary Barra.
  • President Trump announced that The Javits Center temporary hospital will be converted into a coronavirus hospital.
  • President Trump announced that the Department of Defense will be establishing 48 more ICU beds in New York.
  • President Trump announced that the Federal Government will be establishing a coronavirus hospital in Louisiana and Texas.
  • President Trump took an additional coronavirus test and tested negative.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump sent Senator Chuck Schumer a letter debunking false claims made against the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response.
  • 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.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced that the first relief payments will be dispersed within two weeks.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.3 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all Blue Cross Blue Shield Members will be waiving out of pocket costs for coronavirus treatment.
  • 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, and over 7,600 ventilators.
  • First Lady Melania Trump had a phone call with Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, who is recovering from the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25 billion in federal funding to support public transportation systems in response to the coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • The FDA approved the first coronavirus antibody test, developed by Cellex.
  • 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.
  • The Department of Education donated 5,760 N95 respirator masks discovered in storage to aid the fight against the coronavirus.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that the State Department has now brought home 30,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
  • 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.
  • The Administration issued recommendations to nursing homes to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • 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.

03 April

  • President Trump announced new voluntary CDC guidelines that all Americans wear non-medical, fabric or cloth face masks to prevent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.
  • The President met with…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.
  • 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 coronavirus and discuss impact on the world.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: New Hampshire, West Virginia, Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon.
  • 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.
  • President Trump announced that Anthem will waive co-pays for coronavirus treatment for 60 days.
  • President Trump announced that uninsured Americans will have their coronavirus treatment covered, using funding from the CARES Act.
  • 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.
  • President Trump directed FEMA to send Ochsner Surgical Gowns.
  • President Trump announced that the DOJ and HHS have together secured: 200,000 N95 masks, 130,000 surgical masks, and 600,000 gloves from hoarders and have distributed the supplies to health care workers.
  • Vice President Pence announced 1.4 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V.P. Pence announced that 18,000 machines are now available across the country to administer Abbott 15 Minute Coronavirus Tests, with another 1,200 soon to be distributed to states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that a Project Airbridge flight landed in Columbus, Ohio with medical supplies.
  • Secretary Azar announced a public-private partnership with Oracle to collect crowd-sourced data on coronavirus therapeutic treatments.
  • 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.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is working with states to assess 750 requests for temporary hospital facilities, having completed 673 already.
  • The FDA announced it would coordinate the national effort to develop blood-related therapies for COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • The State Department announced that they have awarded contracts for 8 new medical facilities, totaling 9,693 new beds.
  • The Department of Labor issued guidance to help employers reduce use of N95 respirators, freeing up supply.
  • HUD announced it is making $200 million in Indian housing block grants for Indian Tribes under the CARES Act.
  • EPA Administrator Wheeler held a call with retailers and marketplace platforms to discuss ways to protect consumers from fake disinfectants.
  • First Lady Melania Trump held a phone call with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France to discuss the coronavirus response.

04 April

  • 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.
  • President Trump tweeted encouragement to children unable to start Little League baseball season on time due to coronavirus.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations…for the following states: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maine, and Nevada.
  • President Trump announced that he was considering creating a second coronavirus task force focused on the economy.
  • President Trump urged PM Modi of India to allow Hydroxychloroquine to be shipped to the United States.
  • President Trump announced that the U.S. government has repatriated over 40,000 Americans from 75 countries.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to the Governors of the states of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland.
  • FEMA obligated $44 million to Iowa under the state’s major disaster declaration to combat the coronavirus.

05 April

  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
  • President Trump announced 3,000 military and medical personnel will deploy to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to assist in COVID-19 response effort.
  • President Trump announced that the Trump Administration will be sending New York 600,000 N95 masks tomorrow, including 200,000 to Suffolk County alone.
  • President Trump announced…will soon send 300 ventilators to Michigan, 200 ventilators to Louisiana, 600 ventilators to Illinois, 100 ventilators to Massachusetts, and 500 ventilators to New Jersey.
  • President Donald Trump announced the establishment of a federal coronavirus medical station in Washington D.C.
  • President Trump announced Washington has returned 400 ventilators to the strategic national stockpile.
  • President Trump announced that 1.67 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced that the government has stockpiled 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine.
  • Dr. Birx announced testing in the New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington has exceeded the testing rate of Spain and Italy.
  • Adm. Polowczyk reported Project Airbridge flights of medical supplies: 1m gowns, 2.8m surgical masks, and 11.8m gloves.
  • Adm. Polowczyk spoke to top health officials from states severely impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the supply chain.
  • Secretary Wilkie announced that the VA is making 1,500 beds available at VA hospitals to help states and localities across the country.
  • V.P. Pence spoke to governors from states severely impacted by the coronavirus, including Michigan, Louisiana, and Illinois.
  • 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.

06 April

  • President Trump announced agreement with 3M to produce and import 55.5 million N95 masks per month for the next three months.
  • President Trump held a call with CEOs from pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies to discuss potential coronavirus therapeutics.
  • President Trump had a “very friendly” phone call with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that 1.79 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump approved Governor Murphy’s request to allow New Jersey patients aboard the USNS Comfort.
  • President Trump approved Governor Cuomo’s request to allow the treatment of coronavirus patients on the USNS Comfort.
  • 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.
  • The FDA has authorized Inovio’s potential coronavirus vaccine for a clinical trial, while 10 potential coronavirus therapeutic agents are in “active trials” and 15 potential therapeutics in plans for clinical trials.
  • President Trump praised the work of the private sector, including Apple and Salesforce, who’ve agreed to donate personal protective equipment to help defeat the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced The Army Corps of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals and alternative care sites in 18 states.
  • President Trump reported 8,450 hospital beds and 8,000 ventilators deployed across the country from federal stockpiles.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date $4.1 billion has been allocated to states under federal disaster declarations.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 21,000 National Guard Servicemen have been activated across the country to assist in the fight against coronavirus.
  • 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, and 50 ventilators to Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • The CDC began publishing a new, data-centered coronavirus surveillance report on coronavirus.gov.
  • HHS announced an additional $186 million in CDC funding for state and local jurisdictions combatting the coronavirus.
  • HHS announced it will be purchasing 15-minute coronavirus tests from Abbott for state, territorial, and tribal labs and for the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • The Department of Education announced a streamlined process making it easier for states to use federal education funding for distance learning.

07 April

  • President Trump participated in a conference call with bank execs…how to deliver financial aid and tech. assistance to small businesses.
  • President Trump announced the SBA has processed “more than $70 billion” in loans to help small businesses as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Minnesota related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • 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.
  • President Trump announced that 1.87 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced his intent to ask Congress for … $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program … to small businesses.
  • V.P. Pence participated in a conference call with over 500 business owners to discuss their needs amid the coronavirus response effort.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced that CMS will make available  additional $30 billion in grants this week for health care organizations with increased operating costs due to the coronavirus.
  • The State Department announced an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus around the world.
  • As part of Project Airbridge, UPS and FEMA began shipments of 25 flights with more than three million pounds of medical supplies.
  • The DOT 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.
  • The EPA distributed over 1,100 N95 masks to the California Office of Emergency Services.

08 April

  • President Trump spoke to over 10,000 faith leaders & more than 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials to discuss the coronavirus response effort.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that since January, over 50,000 Americans have been repatriated by 90 countries in over 480 flights.
  • Under the DPA, HHS announced a $646.7M contract with Philips to produce 2,500 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by end of May, and 43,000 by December.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Vermont related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced a Project Airbridge shipment of protective gowns landed in Dallas, Texas.
  • President Trump announced 10 drugs to … be used against coronavirus are currently in clinical trial.
  • President Trump thanked Indian PM Modi for allowing a shipment of the life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine to be released to the U.S.
  • V.P. Pence announced $98B in forgivable loans were disbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program, plus 27,000 National Guard service members were activated across country to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • The CDC issued new guidance for how essential and critical workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus can return to work, with precautions.
  • Four additional flights as part of Project Airbridge have landed across the country while delivering PPE and other medical supplies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HHS expanded telehealth services for Native Americans through The Indian Health Service.
  • HHS authorized pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests, further expanding the availability of testing.
  • 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.
  • CMS issued updated guidance based on CDC guidelines to protect patients and health care workers in hospitals from the coronavirus.
  • The USDA announced approval of Arizona’s & California’s request for food stamp recipients to purchase food online, allowing these recipients to purchase groceries for delivery.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $500 million contract with General Motors to produce 30,000 ventilators under the Defense Production Act.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the number of deaths in the United States resulting from the coronavirus would be below his original projection of 100,000 to 200,000.

09 April

  • President Trump spoke with mental health advocates from across the country to discuss their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for Alaska and Idaho.
  • President Trump announced that 24 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date, with an additional 49 flights scheduled.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 19 potential coronavirus therapies being tested and another 26 potential therapies in active planning for clinical trials.
  • President Trump announced that, to date, over 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that $125B in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans has been approved to date.
  • 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.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date 4,100 military medical personnel have been deployed to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • The Treasury Department announced that it extended over 300 tax filing, payment, and administrative deadlines to give relief to taxpayers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

10 April

  • President announced 60 mask sterilization systems, with ability to clean over 80,000 masks about 20 times, will be sent to 10 cities.
  • President spoke with Russian President Putin to discuss the global coronavirus response and the global energy market.
  • President Trump announced that a field hospital in Seattle will be leaving, as Washington State’s coronavirus outbreak becomes more manageable.
  • 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.
  • President Trump announced that he will soon be establishing an “Opening Our Country Council” with more details to be released shortly.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to facilitate the supply of medical equipment and other humanitarian relief to Italy.
  • Dr. Fauci spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon…coronavirus mitigation.
  • V.P.  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.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the specific needs of his state’s battle against the coronavirus.
  • VP Pence announced more than 2.1M coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 29,600 National Guard Troops have been activated, and 4,700 active duty medical personnel have been deployed to nine states.
  • 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.
  • HHS began delivering $30B in relief funding to health care providers, part of the $100B allocated to health care providers by the CARES Act.
  • The FDA approved an emergency authorization for a blood purification device to treat coronavirus patients.
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $1B for Amtrak to continue rail service and respond to the spread of the coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The VA deployed medical staffers to New Orleans to help “surge” personnel in the area, which is currently being heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

11 April

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Three Project Airbridge flights landed in Chicago, Illinois, delivering over 62 million gloves.
  • The Department of Justice announced it is monitoring state and local social distancing regulations to ensure religious organizations are not unfairly targeted. 
  • The USDA added Florida & Idaho to the food stamp online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • 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.

12 April

  • 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.
  • The FDA issued an emergency authorization to devices from Advanced Sterilization Products, which can decontaminate approximately 4 million N95 respirators each day.
  • The FBI uncovered an international fraud scheme related to the attempted purchase of 39 million N95 masks by a Service Employees International Union Affiliate.

13 April

  • President Trump announced that new coronavirus infection rates remained “flat” over the weekend across the country.
  • 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.
  • President Trump reported nearly 3 million coronavirus tests have been completed, with roughly 150,000 new tests daily.
  • President Trump announced that multiple advisory committees, including a “faith leaders committee” will be formed to consult on the reopening of the country.
  • Trump announced the members of his Council to Re-Open America. Those members are Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
  • 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.
  • Vice President Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force led a conference call with 48 governors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adm. Polowczyk announced that 37 Project Airbridge flights have been completed, with another 43 scheduled.
  • 5 flights landed across the country carrying shipments of PPE as part of Project Airbridge.
  • The U.S. government now has 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine stockpiled.
  • Treasury Department announced 80 million Americans will receive economic impact payments in their bank accts within the week.
  • The Treasury Department launched a new web portal which will quickly deliver CARES Act funding to state, local, and tribal governments.
  • The Defense Department announced it was buying 60 Battelle decontamination systems which can sanitize 80,000 N95 respirators per day.
  • HUD announced new guidelines clarifying that borrowers of multifamily mortgages insured by HUD and FHA and renters have certain protections from eviction and foreclosure.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • USDA approved Rhode Island’s request to join 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

14 April

  • President announced halt in funding to the WHO while a review is conducted to assess its mistakes and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private partnership to help hospitals with surplus loan them to hospitals in need.
  • President Trump met with health care executives to discuss ventilator supply.
  • 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.
  • President Trump met with coronavirus survivors at the White House to discuss their treatment and condition.
  • President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the global coronavirus response and the re-opening of the global economy.
  • 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.
  • HHS announced it was distributing the $3.5 billion in childcare and development block grant funding included in the CARES act.
  • FEMA confirmed it send out 19.1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to cities across the country.
  • More than 30,000 National Guard troops total have been activated to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Two flights landed carrying 16 million gloves, 698,590 gowns, and 690 thermometers as part of Project Airbridge.
  • 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… worker’s salaries and benefits.
  • The Transportation Department announced $10 billion in relief for America’s airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created CARES Act airport grant program.
  • 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.
  • The EPA announced that it has temporarily waived certain approvals for manufacturers producing disinfectants for use against the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Education Announced $3 billion in education block grants for states to help schools, students, and educators at all levels.
  • The VA announced…1,500 hospital beds around the country available to FEMA.
  • 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.

15 April

  • The U.S. Senate has taken up a $250B measure to help small business.
  • President Trump announced that new guidelines for re-opening the country will be announced tomorrow, in consultation with governors and lawmakers.
  • President Trump announced the completion of more than 3.3 million coronavirus tests.
  • President Trump announced that 44 Project Airbridge flights have delivered supplies to date.
  • HHS awarded $90 million to Ryan White HIV/AID Program recipients to combat coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • The Treasury Department announced that supplemental security income recipients will receive coronavirus relief payments as they would their SSI benefits, directly into their bank accounts or by debit cards or by check.
  • CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payments for “high-throughput” coronavirus tests, incentivizing health care providers to increase the supply and speed of testing.
  • The Department of Labor awarded more than $131 million in dislocated worker grants to help workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

16 April

  • President Trump held conference call with governors and laid out guidelines for them to follow. The plan is divided into three phases: Phase I allows restaurants to reopen with strict social distancing enforced; Phase II allows; and Phase III allows return.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • President Trump announced that 3.5 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, the most of any country worldwide.
  • President Trump reiterated his request for an additional $250 billion to replenish the paycheck protection program to help struggling small businesses.
  • President Trump announced that 4,000 community banks have participated in the paycheck protection program.
  • 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 end of the year.
  • Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza urged Congress to provide additional funds to the paycheck protection program to help small businesses.
  • 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.
  • The FDA encouraged Americans who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma for the development of new treatments and therapies.
  • OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips that employers can follow to help keep manufacturing workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

17 April

  • Some governors resist the phased plan. One governor denied U.S. government support using the word “none” although the U.S. Navy and Army had provided direct support. Media treats it as if governors had a real complaint.
  • Jacksonville Florida partially reopens beaches. People flock to them, but pictures show them honoring social distancing. Other cities in Florida and elsewhere considering partial reopening of beaches. Meanwhile in Michigan a huge traffic jam occurs by people protesting Governor’s harsh social distancing clampdown.
  • President Trump and Secretary Perdue announced a $19 billion relief package for ranchers and farmers impacted by the coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • President Trump spoke to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico to discuss Mexico’s need for additional ventilators.
  • President Trump announced that 3.7 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V. P. Pence announced that a total of 33,000 National Guard troops and 5,500 active duty servicemembers have been activated … to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Dr. Fauci participated in a call with the Senate Democrat Caucus to discuss the US coronavirus testing capacity.
  • CDC Director Redfield announced that 500 CDC staff are now embedded in state, local, and tribal health agencies across the country.
  • Dr. Birx announced that 47 states have the ability to perform at least 30 tests per month per 1,000 residents.
  • 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.
  • At the director of FEMA, GM announced that they delivered the first GM-Ventec ventilators to Chicagoland hospitals.
  • To support FEMA’s Project Airbridge, UPS announced it would add over 200 flights in April.
  • The Treasury Department and VA announced that veterans who had not filed tax returns would automatically receive economic impact payments without additional paperwork.
  • 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”.
  • The DOI announced it will continue to allow public access to parks.
  • 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.
  • 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.

18 April

  • President Trump announced that over 4 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, double the number of tests done by any other country.
  • 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.
  • President Trump offered to send ventilators to Iran if the Iranian government accepted the assistance.
  • President Trump consulted with FEMA and military officials about the coronavirus response.
  • President Trump spoke to the leaders of Poland, South Korea, and Bahrain about the global response to the coronavirus.
  • The USDA added West Virginia to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.

19 April

  • 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.
  • President Trump announced his Administration is working on using the DPA to increase the production of testing swabs.
  • President Trump participated in a call with Republican senators on opening up America again.
  • 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.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced new requirements for nursing homes to report outbreaks of coronavirus to patients, patients’ families, and the CDC.
  • 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.

20 April

  • President Trump announced that HHS has distributed the $30 billion in relief funding to health care providers under the CARES act.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 72 active trials for coronavirus therapies, with 211 additional therapies in the planning stages for active trials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Trump Administration announced it’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Vice President Pence and Dr. Birx visited FEMA HQ and thanked FEMA staff for their hard work.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all DoD and federal labs will be made available for states to use in order to increase testing capacity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the CDC is deploying teams of 10-12 experts to all states and territories to assist in contact tracing.
  • 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.
  • The Defense Department announced the hospital ship the USNS Comfort has started admitting patients from New Jersey.
  • The Defense Department announced the US will be providing humanitarian support and relief to Italy, including transportation, supplies, and telemedicine.
  • The EPA announced expanded research efforts into the coronavirus’ impact on the environment and human health.
  • 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.
  • Acting DHS Secretary Wolf announced that US, Canada, and Mexico had extended non-essential travel restrictions for an additional 30 days.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CMS announced it is incentivizing Medicare health care providers to report more coronavirus data to help treat and fight the spread of the disease.

21 April

  • U.S. health regulators OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to self-test at home. The test, developed by LabCorp will initially be available only for health care workers and first responders, however expected to expand to general population later. President Trump supports it.
  • 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.
  • [Author’s comment]: The previous aid package to help small businesses hit a snag. Many small businesses are thinking about returning the money because the aid comes with a stipulation that they rehire previous employees at 100%. But since Unemployment pays more than what they pay it is difficult to get employees back. Also, the 100% rehire comes at a time when people can only be expected to start shopping again at a slower pace. It will take time to get back to their normal business traffic and sales. They are hoping to get the 100% halved and maybe scaled to a more gradual rehire.
  • President Trump announced that 20 states announced plans to enter phase one of the opening up America again guidelines.
  • President Trump officially announced plans to suspend immigration, with certain exceptions, for 60 days.
  • President Trump met with Governor Cuomo at the White House to discuss coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump announced the FDA has authorized more than 50 coronavirus diagnostic tests and four antibody tests.
  • HHS announced $995 million in CARES Act grants for older adults and the disabled.
  • FEMA approved nearly $5 million for BiPAP breathing machines for Pennsylvania.
  • The State Department announced it is coordinating international humanitarian assistance with pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Taiwan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of new green cards. The order only applies to those applying for a green card residing outside of the country at the time of the order.

22 April

  • Several large corporations are returning money received from the Paycheck Protection Program. That program is aimed at helping small businesses and never meant for the large corporations. Public backlash and government pressure were applied to encourage these paybacks.
  • 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’.
  • President Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass the Senate-backed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act without delay.
  • President directed the Opportunity & Revitalization Council to focus on supporting underserved communities…including Black and Hispanic communities.
  • The President announced the Administration has to date directed more than $7 billion in funding towards coronavirus treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.
  • President Trump spoke to Governor Newsom about increasing testing capacity.
  • President talked with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan and Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar…global coronavirus response.
  • Vice President Pence held a call with over 340 state legislators from 43 states to discuss the response to coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the VA has been deploying teams of VA personnel to assist nursing homes in some states.
  • 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.
  • HHS announced an additional $20 billion in CARES Act funding for health care providers would be disbursed this week.
  • FEMA Announced $36.5 million in expedited funding to the city and county of Denver, Colorado in response to the coronavirus.
  • FEMA published a final rule defining certain PPE as “scarce” to combat hoarding and price gouging of these materials.
  • The Justice Department announced federal law enforcement officials had successfully disrupted hundreds of online coronavirus scam websites.
  • The USDA announced it has successfully increased monthly SNAP benefits by 40% during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • 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.
  • Secretary DeVos called on wealthy universities to reject taxpayer coronavirus funds and on Congress to change the eligibility put forth by the CARES Act.

23 April

  • Congress passed another relief bill of $484M to aid employers and hospitals. Most of the funding is for the Paycheck Protection Program enabling thousands of workers to remain on the job.
  • 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 pandemic response.
  • President Trump announced that to date 750 million pieces of PPE have been delivered to the US through Project Airbridge.
  • VP Pence participated in a conference call with Secretary Carson to discuss refocusing White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council on the needs of Hispanic and Black communities impacted by the coronavirus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HHS announced $631 million in CARES Act funding for public health departments across the country for testing, contact tracing, and containment of the coronavirus.
  • HHS awarded nearly $5 million to poison control centers across the country which are seeing increased calls during the outbreak.
  • CMS released a new telehealth toolkit to accelerate state us of telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 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.
  • 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.

24 April

  • President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law, providing $321B in new funding for PPP, $75B for health care providers, and $25B for coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump held calls with the Indonesian President, Ecuadorian President, El Salvadorian President, and Honduran President about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Vice President Pence announced to date 5.1 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • 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.
  • VP Pence & members of the coronavirus held a conference call with Governors discussing increasing testing capacity.
  • FDA Administrator Dr. Hahn announced FDA granted emergency approvals to 63 diagnostic and serological tests to date.
  • Administrator Carranza & Secretary Mnuchin announced that the FBA will resume accepting PPP loans on Monday, April 27.
  • Secretary of Labor Scalia participated in a virtual G20 Labor & Employment Ministers meeting to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The VA announced that hiring has increased 37% during the first 2 weeks of April, as the agency surges staff to fight the coronavirus.
  • DOJ obtained an injunction prohibiting a Dallas health center from fraudulently promoting “ozone therapy” as a legitimate COVID-19 treatment.
  • USDA approved California & Connecticut for Pandemic EBT Program, helping feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are at home during outbreak.
  • The USDA announced Vermont was added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • Maj Gen Lee Payne is designated as lead coordinator for DOD COVID-19 Task Force Laboratory Testing, focused on screening, surveillance, and diagnostic testing for critical national capabilities.

27 April

  • President announces blueprint for testing to help safely open up America again.

28 April

  • Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat processing plants open throughout the country. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to designate meat processing plants as critical infrastructure.

29 April

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about an existing drug Remdesivir that has shown a 31% improvement in helping people sick with COVID 19 to heal (11 days instead of 15 days). This drug is being tested and may soon be available.

30 April

  • USNS Comfort departs New York City after supporting DOD’s COVID-19 response efforts for one month. The Comfort will return to Norfolk, Va., prepared for future taskings in support of FEMA as relief efforts continue.
  • President Trump announces new initiatives aimed at protecting seniors from COVID-19.

[Some people call April a ‘LOST’ month because the government didn’t do what they wanted it to do. On the contrary, it was a very important month that saw the government begin a cautious reopening of America. At this time, the total cases were 1,033,157 and total deaths were 55,225 for a death rate of 5.3%]

Special Notice

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.68%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often.

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Monday News & Comments 08 31 20

Today’s Issue: FEMA

Welcome to Monday News & Comments.

Earlier on August 8th President Trump signed an order authorizing FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), which was founded in 1979, to payout $300 per week to qualified unemployed workers. This is a result of the Democratic held House’s refusal to pass legislation that would have helped millions of unemployed voters. In following through on President Trump’s order FEMA has issued a press release. Here is an excerpt:

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Florida for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Florida to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to implement a system to make this funding available to Florida residents.

This is good news for the unemployed here in America. Speaking as a man who was laid off through no fault of his own when I was much younger man, I know what it is like to be unemployed. Yes, you get unemployment benefits, but they don’t really replace what you were making. So, $300 more per week means a lot to someone trying to survive.

When I went on unemployment, I had $2000 in my bank account. I thought I was in fine shape and figured it would only be for a short time, but by the time I got another job it was all gone. I was a single man back then but consider how devastating losing your income is for families.

It is interesting to note that Nancy Pelosi and the press emphasize this as only temporary relief and therefore not worthy to consider. Again, speaking as one who was unemployed for a time temporary relief is far better than no relief at all. In my case I was able to find a new job within the time frame I was unemployed. But my bank account was wiped out by that time.

Many people who are unemployed want to work, even eager to work, and this extra money will buy them some time to find work. I’m not talking about fast food jobs such as President Obama offered, but real jobs. The Liberals in and out of government want permanent relief which robs a person of self-esteem. Inevitably such programs fail because the individual involved literally loses the desire to work and stagnates. And the impact of this takes people out of the workforce.

I know this increase in unemployment benefits will add to our deficit, but sometimes it is necessary. Once this pandemic is over, the economy will take off and repayment of the deficit will begin. In fact, it is already apparent that the economy is coming alive once again. Unemployment has begun declining and jobs are rising, slowly but ongoing.

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