FEMA sending 1,700 ventilators to hot spots: coronavirus briefing

FEMA will be sending 500 additional ventilators to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana, 300 to Michigan, 600 to Illinois and 100 to Massachusetts, President Trump said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing.

The state of Washington has returned 400 ventilators.

It will also be setting up a federal medical station in Washington, DC, to help the city deal with the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

The U.S. has purchased “a lot of hydroxychloroquine,” he said. “We have purchased and stockpiled 29M pills (doses).”

Update at 7:18 PM: Trump said he’ll take care of the airplane and airline industries.

“We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Things are starting to happen,” he said.

Today was the first day that the deaths from COVID-19 are fewer than the previous day — “perhaps that’s a good sign.”

7:20 PM: He adds that the legislation to provide relief to individuals and business are very successful. “We may have to make it larger.”

7:25 PM: S&P 500 futures are up 1.6%.

Worldwide, there are 1.27M confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 69,309 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University; in the U.S., there are 335,524 confirmed cases and 9,562 deaths.

7:30 PM: Rear Admiral John Polowczyk said that the government is directing supplies to impacted areas’ public , VA and private hospitals, and nursing homes and acute care facilities.

“We’re also working to push out millions of doses” of hydroxychloroquine to impacted areas, he said.

VA hospitals will make hospital beds at its facilities available to some of the hardest hit areas.

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7:35 PM: “We’ve seen a trend of some leveling” in talking with governors, Vice President Mike Pence said. “We’re beginning to see losses and cases and hospitalizations beginning to stabilize.”

7:43 PM: Speaking about health-care workers who are facing great risks, “we’re talking about doing something for them,” Trump said, but he wants to wait until “this is over.”

(Some people have suggested that health-care workers should get hazard pay.)

This is a developing story; check back for updates.


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