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April 8th Coronavirus Update from the Trump Administration

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Association of Mature American Citizens

trumpSupplies of Critical Medical Equipment

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Our massive airlift operation for critical supplies – it’s called Project Airbridge – continued today as five massive planes, flights, landed in the United States packed with personal protective equipment. And our nation’s health care workers will be the beneficiaries of that. 27 more flights are scheduled in the near future over the next couple of weeks.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Army Corps of Engineers is constructing facilities that will support more than 15,000 hospital beds to treat patients in need.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In addition to the 8,675 ventilators, we have 2,200 arriving on April 13th. We have 5,500 arriving on May 4th. … On May 18th, we have 12,000. On June 1st, we have 20,000. On June 29th, 60,000 ventilators coming — 60,000. So we have a total of 110,000 ventilators coming over a short period of time.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “If you have a governor that’s failing, we’re going to protect you, but the governors are working well with us.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We’re sending additional ventilators from the strategic national stockpile. Maryland will receive 50 ventilators. Delaware will receive 50 ventilators. And that will leave more than 8,400 ventilators still in the national stockpile.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “The New York metro area, including New Jersey, just in the last five days, more than 6 million N95 masks, more than 6 million surgical masks … And 2.8 million gowns were distributed to that region, as well.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “New Orleans, where again, while we see some encouragement, challenges remain in that community. Some 837,000 N95 masks for health care workers, 165 [thousand] surgical masks, other items, including almost 6 million gloves have been distributed.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Just in the last five days, 1.6 million N95 masks have been routed into the health care system in Detroit. Nearly 700,000 surgical masks and 24 million gloves.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “In the Chicago metro area, which we continue to focus on each and every day, more than 1.7 million N95 masks have been routed into their health care system — 900,000 surgical masks, 25 million gloves.”

Update on Testing

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ve performed 1.87 million tests to date. … Now, we are performing them at a level that nobody has ever seen before.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In total, 1,200 Abbott machines – Abbott Laboratories have been fantastic – have been shipped now nationwide. Up to 500 more are being produced every week and 50,000 testing cartridges are being manufactured per day. That means a lot of very fast tests. No nation in the world has developed a more diverse and robust testing capacity than the United States.”

Paycheck Protection Program

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “As of today, [the Small Business Administration] has processed more than $70 billion in guaranteed loans and will provide much-needed relief for nearly a quarter of a million businesses already.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Based on the incredible success of the program, I’m announcing that I’ll be asking Congress to provide an additional $250 billion for the [Paycheck Protection Program], which will help keep Americans employed, to facilitate a quick and full recovery.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We are going to be providing tremendous amounts of money to these small businesses in our country that have been absolutely clobbered.”

Helping with Healthcare Industry Expenses

CMS ADMINISTRATOR VERMA: “Healthcare organizations across the nation are having increased expenses, they’re having to spend more on supplies. You’re seeing all of the supplies that are being sent to them, and that’s having a direct impact on their bottom line.”

CMS ADMINISTRATOR VERMA: “The President has asked us to address this issue about 10 days ago. We put out something called ‘accelerated payments’ that we do in the Medicare program, and it allows us to advance payments to providers based on their historical Medicare revenues that they receive. So just in 10 days, we’ve been able to provide payment to providers. We had about 25,000 requests, we’ve processed about 70% of these. It’s happened in about 5 days. And the total on that is about $34 billion that we’ve managed to put into the health care system.”

CMS ADMINISTRATOR VERMA: “The President has asked us to go further with this and to start the implementation of the Cares Act. That provides $100 billion to the healthcare system. … This week we will be putting out another $30 billion, which are grants. This is going to be based on Medicare revenue. There are no strings attached.”

World Health Organization

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The WHO – that’s the World Health Organization – receives vast amounts of money from the United States, and we pay for a majority of — the biggest portion of their money.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They seemed to be very China-centric. And we have to look into that. So we’re going to look into it.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They missed the call. They could have called it months earlier, they would have known. And they should’ve known. And they probably did know.”

Americans Working Together

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “To honor and celebrate the extraordinary examples of patriotism and citizenship we’re seeing, I’m asking Americans to use the hashtag #americaworkstogether, when sharing stories of how we’re all working together get through, getting through this ordeal, in a fashion that nobody would have ever thought possible.”

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