Administration Updates / Coronavirus

May 1 Coronavirus Update from the Trump Administration

TrumpProtecting Seniors

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “My administration will never waver in its relentless commitment to America’s seniors. We owe them a sacred and unbreakable obligation and we will fulfill that obligation with every resource and power that we have.”

Support for Nursing Homes

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “FEMA will send supplemental shipments of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare certified nursing homes in America.”

FEMA ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: “Assisting us in this endeavor is Federal Resources, a small business based out of Stevensville, Maryland, who specializes in chem-bio equipment support, with focusing on kitting solutions for the Department of Defense. They will help us distribute the following PPE items: 608,000 pieces of eye protection, 6.9 million surgical masks, 6.4 million gowns, 31.4 million pairs of gloves.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “CMS is providing states with $81 million dollars from the CARES Act to increase their inspections of nursing homes at this very critical time.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ll be finalizing a new rule requiring information about coronavirus cases and nursing homes to be reported directly to CDC and testing data to be posted online – so everyone gets to see it. This will also require nursing homes to report cases to residents and their family members.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “In early March, my administration advised all nursing homes to suspend all medically unnecessary visits to help slow the spread and to protect our seniors.”

Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “To ensure that our nursing homes are prepared for any future outbreaks, we’re announcing the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “This commission will be composed of leading industry experts, doctors and scientists, resident and patient advocates, family members, infection and prevention control specialists, and state and local authorities.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The commission will convene in May and issue recommendations for further steps we can take to protect our nation’s seniors.”

Medical Supplies and Assistance

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ve ensured a ventilator for every patient who needs one. Nobody who’s needed a ventilator has been without a ventilator. It’s an incredible achievement. And we now have thousands and thousands of ventilators.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We have millions and millions of masks. That was something four weeks ago was difficult, and now we have millions of masks coming in and already here.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The federal government is also funding over 35,000 members of the National Guard to help states deliver critical supplies to nursing homes and to assist with disinfecting and testing.”

GEN. JOSEPH LENGYEL: “Over 83,000 men and women in the National Guard are engaged at home and abroad, and 45,000 of those are engaged directly in the COVID-19 response. From running hundreds of testing sites around the country to screening passengers at airports, to helping manufacture PPE to a myriad of other tasks, the National Guard is there.”

Testing

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I looked at the numbers and we’re over 6 million tests. And you add up everybody together they don’t have anywhere near that. So, it’s an incredible thing and it would be great if the media could really portray it the way it is. Because, we’ve done some unbelievable work.”

China

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I think we’ll be able to get a very good, very powerful definition of exactly what happened. We’re working on it strongly now and I think it’s going to be very powerful, but [China] could’ve stopped it. They are a very brilliant nation, scientifically and otherwise. It got loose, let’s say, and they could’ve capped it. They could’ve stopped it, but they didn’t.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re looking at exactly where it came from, who it came from, how it happened, separately and also scientifically. So we’re going to be able to find out.”

REPORTER: “And my question is, have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yes, I have. Yes, I have. And I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves, because they’re like the public relations agency for China.”

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