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Monday Coronavirus Update: America Coming Together

Indianapolis – April 27, 2020 – As the sun shined down from the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump opened today’s press briefing praising the American people for the consistent decline in cases across major cities in the United States. “Things are moving along,” POTUS said.

In attendance for today’s briefing was Vice President Mike Pence, Steve Rusckowski, Chief Executive Officer of Quest Diagnostics, Adam Schechter, President and Chief Executive Officer of LabCorp, John Nims, President and Chief Executive Officer of US Cotton, Larry Merlo, Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health, Richard Ashworth, President of Walgreens, Rodney McMullen, Chief Executive Officer of Kroger, Doug McMillon, Chief Executive Officer of Wal Mart, Heyward Donigan, Chief Executive Officer of Rite Aid, Dr. Deborah Birx, Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health & Human Services and Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Trump spoke about all the families that have lost loved ones during this battle with this invisible virus. “We grieve by their side as one family. This great American family and we do grieve,” Trump noted. POTUS also seemed rather optimistic about the country opening back up. “There is a hunger for getting our country back to work,” he added.

During today’s briefing, POTUS updated everyone on testing numbers.” The United States has conducted more than 5.4 million coronavirus tests, more than double than any other country,” Trump added. He’s confident there’s enough testing capacity in the United States for re-opening, “The testing is not going to be a problem at all,” he added.

“There has been so much unnecessary death. It could have been stopped. It could have been stopped short, but somebody a long time ago, it seems, decided not to do it that way.” – President Donald Trump

Steve Rusckowski of Quest Diagnostics updated everyone on the testing progress at Quest Diagnostics and they expect to increase capacity of testing by 10 million tests by the end of May.

Adam Schechter of LabCorp stated 45 days ago, LabCorp could only complete 2,000 tests per day now they have ramped up their testing to 6,000 tests a day. He also ensure that at home test kits are available with no upfront cost to the consumer.

John Nims of US Cotton stated his Cleveland operation has pivoted from q tips to coronavirus testing swabs.

Larry Merlo of CVS commend his workers for all the test sites running around the United States and in May, they will have testing available in 1,000 store sites.

Richard Ashworth of Walgreens announced they will expand testing across all states and will triple testing availability to consumers.

Rodney McMullen of Kroger noted their companies testing will go from 6 to 12 states. “Together we will win, together America is great,” he added.

Doug McMillon of Wal Mart stated by the end of May, Wal Mart will have COVID-19 testing at 100 stores.

Heyward Donigan of Rite Aid mentioned her stores are doing 1,500 tests per day and will be expanding that capability.

Dr. Birx introduced the core elements of the testing blueprint for Opening Up America Again. The slide below was read and explained in depth by Dr. Birx.

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Admiral Brett Giroir also spoke on the new 8-part plan to touched on by Dr. Birx and he explained the slide below.

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“The United States has acquired a sufficient supply of swabs for testing. Interdisciplinary teams are meeting regularly to ensure the country is fully equipped with supplies and tests. Bringing together hospitals and labs to ensure max communication and collaboration,” Admiral Giroir explained.

Full testing blueprint for Opening Up America Again can be found here

After all remarks, President Trump opened the floor to questions from the media.

Full transcript of today’s briefing can be found here

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Full video of today’s briefing:

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Clips of today’s briefing:

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Friday Coronavirus Update: Testing Expands

Indianapolis – April 24, 2020 – After signing his name on the 2nd part of the Paycheck Protection Plan, President Donald Trump opened today’s press briefing saying “We’re opening our country and it’s very exciting to see, the whole world is watching us.” “They respect what we’re doing so much.”

In attendance for today’s briefing was Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

President Trump mentioned that the infection rates, which are being closely monitored are consistently going down across the nation. Today, he also signed the Paycheck Protection Plan fund replenishment, which consisted of direct payments to 81 million Americans.

POTUS noted that the United States will be sending ventilators to Mexico, Honduras, Indonesia, Spain, France, Italy and maybe Germany. Along with speaking on ventilators, President Trump stated that the FDA just approved the first COVID-19 at home testing kit.

Dr. Hahn announced that the FDA has cut regulatory barriers for new tests, but is not comprising on safety. “The FDA is working round the clock to to ensure safe testing is distributed,” Dr. Hahn said. “A process that usually takes years has been condensed into weeks and months, 63 diagnostic and antibodies tests have been approved,” Dr. Hahn added. “We are leaving no stone unturned on finding treatments for COVID-19.”

Vice President Pence reported that FEMA, HHS and the Private sector are working together to coordinate supplies and shipments to states nationwide. Pence stated that 5.1 million Americans have been tested for COVID-19 and as testing increases dramatically across the country, the number of cases will increase as well, but people should not be discouraged by those numbers.

Pence confirmed today, that he will be traveling to the Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, next week. Along with traveling to Minnesota, Vice President Pence will also be in his home state of Indiana on Thursday. The Trump Administration is ramping up their travel schedule as a signal of encouragement to the rest of country.

After all remarks, no questions were taken from the media.

When full transcript becomes available, Indy News will update this story.

Full video of today’s briefing:

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Clips from today’s briefing:

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Thursday Coronavirus Update: Solar Light

Indianapolis – April 23, 2020 – President Donald Trump opened today’s press briefing with praise for the House of Representatives for being ready to pass the latest addition to the Paycheck Protection Program. During today’s brief, the House of Representatives passed the latest bill of $484 billion dollars by a vote of 388 to 5.

In attendance for today’s briefing with along President Trump was Vice President Mike Pence, William Bryan, Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security and Dr. Deborah Birx.

President Trump talked about how awe inspiring it has become to see states starting to open. “In 23 states, any new COVID-19 cases have declined,” Trump noted. POTUS reminded everyone that the re-opening of the economy does not mean we are letting down our guard. “Until we feel its safe, we’re going to be extending the social distancing guidelines,” Trump said.

POTUS updated everyone on the amounts of Personal Protective Equipment that has already been created in the United States and the equipment that is currently being produced. “We finalized three contracts to produce 39 million more N95 masks in 90 days.” Trump said.

William Bryan reported new revelations on the Wuhanvirus today during the press briefing. After weeks of studying, Bryan said “Solar light has a powerful effect on COVID-19.” “For every 18 hours, the life of the Coronavirus is cut in half and as the temperatures and humidity increases, the virus dies at a higher rate,” Bryan added. In addition, the virus dies the quickest in direct sunlight. “Every week or two weeks we are finding out something new or different about the COVID-19 virus,” Bryan said.

Vice President Pence was pleased to report that the metro areas that were been monitored, continue to show signs that the infection rates have peaked. “We’re making meaningful progress, but our only conclusion is we’re getting there America,” Pence noted. By early summer we could be a much better place as a nation.

Pence also updated everyone that nearly 5 million COVID-19 tests have now been performed in the United States. Along with testing, Pence announced that tomorrow, he would have another conference call with all governors on testing.

Vice President Pence announced that across the country, 35,000 military personnel from the National Guard have been deployed and 4,500 active duty medical professionals have also been deployed in the United States.

After all remarks, President Trump returned to the podium and fielded questions from the media.

Full transcript from today’s briefing, can be found here

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Full video of today’s briefing:

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Clips of today’s briefing:

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Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Engage Phase One

Indianapolis – April 22, 2020 – President Donald Trump opened today’s Coronavirus press briefing with explaining to the American people that the “hot spots” of the Wuhanvirus are in decline and that more states will soon be in a position of reopening.

Joining President Trump at today’s briefing was Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Robert Redford, CDC Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General.

POTUS called Dr. Redford up to the podium due to a total misquote by the Main Stream Media on a news article published yesterday. “I spoke to him,” Trump said. “It was ridiculous, totally ridiculous. He was talking about the flu and coronavirus coming together at the same time.”

Dr Redford took the podium to clear up any confusion about the article, the Main Stream Media may still have. “I really do think it’s important to clarify this,” Dr. Redford said. “I didn’t say this was going to get worse, but rather that COVID-19 combined with influenza would be more complicated.” he added. Dr. Redford added that the United States will not need to resort to the kind of mitigation we had this spring if another wave of illness comes in the fall at same time of flu season.

In addition to Dr. Redford’s statement, President Trump added “If the COVID-19 virus does comes back, it’ll be in a smaller doses that we can contain.” “It can never be like anything we witnessed right now,” Trump asserted.

Trump reported that the United States are still currently producing hundreds of thousands of ventilators right now for any future public health emergency, but not for a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. POTUS, referring to the Main Stream Media’s coverage or lack of coverage on products companies in the United States are producing. “You never mention it. There’s no stories of what a great job we’re doing on ventilators,” Trump said.

On the subject of media coverage, President Trump explained how the Main Stream Media is covering the topic of testing. “Lets say we had 350 million people in the United States and you tested everyone 10 times, the media would complain that there wasn’t an 11th test,” Trump said.

Alot of media reports are surfacing, that are pointing in the direction of a bio lab in Wuhan is where this virus originated. “The virus should have never left that little area where it started,” Trump said. “You know it, and I know it and they know it.”

President Trump spoke with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) today and he advised Gov. Kemp that he strongly disagreed with the decision to open certain businesses in Georgia. “Too soon,” Trump said. “Too soon for spas, barber shops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors to open in phase one.”

The Trump Administration is working closely with governors to ensure they have strategies in place to mitigate the spread for the most vulnerable and Dr. Ben Carson will spearhead the economic initiatives for African American communities.

POTUS was proud to announced that in the coming weeks, the Air Force Thunderbirds and BlueAngels will be performing air shows over some American cities, which is “dangerous work,” POTUS stated. The flyovers will pay tribute to the front line COVID-19 workers. Along with the flyovers, Trump announced the annual 4th of July event will be held at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

President Trump announced today, he has signed the Executive Order to temporarily halt immigration. “This will ensure unemployed Americans will be first in line for jobs as the economy reopens,” Trump noted. As to amending or extending it, POTUS said “that we can do at the appropriate time.”

Vice President Pence reported today, that more than 47,000 people in the United States have died because of the Coronavirus. The American people mourn for the life of the hundreds of thousands infected and Pence said, “There are declines in all major metro areas around the country.”

As of right now, New Orleans is the most stable area of all the COVID-19 metro United States outbreaks and this is a encouraging sign stemming from Americans, who are following the social distance guidelines. “This is a tribute to the American people,” Pence said. He was speaking on the fact that the American people have abided by the guidelines. “The fastest way to reopen America is to continue to do what you are doing,”

Dr. Fauci mentioned that the mitigation that we put in order for physical distancing has worked and it is a successful formula. “We can now think seriously about re-opening America,” Dr. Fauci said. “The program is not one that is going to be turn the lights on in America, we’re finished. We’re not. We have to proceed in a careful measured way,” Dr. Fauci noted.

The key will be containment Dr. Fauci noted. “We will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that,” Fauci says. He expects the country to be much better prepared the second time around.

After all remarks, President Trump returned to the podium and fielded questions from the media.

Full remarks from today’s briefing can be found here

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Full video of today’s briefing:

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Clips of today’s briefing:

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