President Trump held a press conference with the White House COVID-19 Task Force on Monday, where he emphasized the need to reopen America while continuing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are more key points:
- President Trump shared that some states that have been hit the hardest have and will receive additional aid from the federal government, including access to the National Guard and other resources from FEMA in New York, Washington, and California.
- The task force will reevaluate the efficacy of the 15-day guidelines Pres. Trump put forth come the end of this week. The administration will determine how effective social distancing and other actions to mitigate the spread have been, and where the number of cases in the country stand at that moment. President Trump said they will look into the possibility of reopening the country or continuing with virus-mitigation measures for the time being.
- President Trump anticipates easing guidelines in weeks rather than months as previously slated, saying “We are not going to let the cure be worst than the problem”. He said the country will open again “sooner than perhaps expected”.
- It’s important to note that while the president emphasized cancelling the shutdown, he also said that it will be up to state governors and other state officials to update guidelines and plans to address strategies and impact within each state.
- Dr. Birx, an infectious disease control expert on the White House Task Force addressing COVID-19 said that because the spread was ahead in some states, the timeline will vary state-by-state.
- President Trump said that clinical trials are taking place to test possible treatments
- According to CDC.gov, as of Tuesday March 24th noon, there are 44,183 cases and 544 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.