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News Release, The White House
Washington,D.C.- At a 3:30 p.m. Press Conference, President Donald J. Trump declared a National State of Emergency under the Stafford Act to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Standing with his Coronavirus taskforce of Vice-President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and several other members, stated,” No resource will be spared, nothing whatsoever.”
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 empowers the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to direct how the U.S. government responds to disasters and to assist state and local governments during “natural catastrophes.”
Declaring a national emergency would allow the government to muster additional resources to deal with the coronavirus, not to mention allow states to request a 75% federal cost-share for expenses related to mitigation efforts—including emergency workers, medical supplies, vaccinations, and medical tests.
One of the first things Trump stated was that this declaration now tells all states to open an emergency command center, much like you would see in a natural disaster.
Forty-two billion($42 Bil) dollars will be freed up from disaster relief to help states and municipalities fight the pandemic.
Trump noted the search engine giant Google is developing a web portal to help inform people of where to get tested. ” Google is going to delve a website that will be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past,” he said. Google has over 1700 engineers working on this.
There are now over 1,700 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with 40 people dead so far.
This is a developing story…