March 24, 2020

Timeline: President Trump’s Unprecedented COVID-19 Leadership (Part 1)

December 31: China reports the discovery of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization.

January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.

January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.

January 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.

January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.

January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.

January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.

January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.

January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.

January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 

January 31: The Trump Administration:

  • Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
  • Announced Chinese travel restrictions.
  • Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.

February 2: The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

February 3: The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus, but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

February 4: President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

February 4: The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the CDC diagnostic test for coronavirus. 

February 5: Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response effort.

February 6: President Trump and President Xi discussed coronavirus response efforts over the phone.

February 6: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

February 9: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

February 11: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.

February 12: The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.

February 12: The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

February 14: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.

February 18: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.

February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

February 25: HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP Committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

February 26: President Trump announced Vice President Pence would lead the White House coronavirus response.

February 26: President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

February 29: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

February 29: The Trump Administration:

  • Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea.
  • Barred all travel to Iran.
  • Barred the entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days.

March 3: The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”

March 3: The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth-quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.

March 4: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

March 4: Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.

March 5: Vice President Mike Pence met with 3M in Minnesota to discuss the increased production of protective masks and respirators.

March 6: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

  • The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

March 7: The Vice President held a meeting with Cruise Line executives and port directors.

March 9: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.

March 10: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.

March 11: President Trump:

  • Announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
  • Directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on Congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
  • Directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
  • Met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.

March 13: President Trump announced:

  • Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
  • A pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
  • An order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.

March 13: The Food & Drug Administration:

  • Granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits.
  • Issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.

March 13: HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.

March 14: The $8.3B Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.

March 14: The Trump Administration announced the European travel ban will extend to the UK and Ireland.

March 15: President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss the on-going demand for food and other supplies.

March 15: HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week.

March 15: Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.

March 15: All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.

March 16: President Trump:

  • Held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response.
  • Participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
  • Announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
  • Announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.

March 16: The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states and Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19 begins.

March 16: Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.

March 17: President Trump announced:

  • CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is on ”standby” to assist federal & state governments.

March 17: President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC

March 17: President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.

March 17: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.

March 17: Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.

March 17: The Treasury Department:

  • Contributed $10bil through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
  • Deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1mil for individuals & $10mil for business.

March 17: The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.

March 18: President Trump announced:

  • Temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic.
  • Plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus.
  • FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response.
  • The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
  • All foreclosures and evictions will be suspended for a period of time.
  • Department of Veteran Affairs opens 19 emergency operation centers.

March 18: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed:

  • 1 million masks are now immediately available.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.

March 18: HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.

March 18: President Trump spoke to:

  • Doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus.
  • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 19: President Trump announced:

  • Very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients. 
  • FDA is fast-tracking anti-viral treatments for coronavirus patients.

March 19:  Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.

March 19: The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.

March 19: President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.

March 20: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.

March 20: Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.

March 20:  President Trump:

  • Spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures
  • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts
  • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders

March 20: The Department of Education announced it will:

  • Not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year
  • Allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days

March 20: Secretary Azar announced:

  • FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country
  • The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act

March 20: Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs.

March 21: Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results.

March 21: The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA.

March 21: The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30.

March 21: Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14.

March 22: President Trump approved major disaster declarations for:

  • Washington State
  • California

March 22: President Trump announced: 

  • Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost
  • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA

March 22:  President Trump confirmed his administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions

March 22: Vice President Pence announced: 

  • The testing backlog will be resolved by midweek
  • To date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results

March 22:  President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles

March 22: FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.

March 23: President Trump signed an executive order to prevent hoarding and price-gouging

March 23: FEMA announced it is distributing 8 million N95 respirator masks and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country. They shipped 73 pallets of personal protective equipment to NYC and 36 pallets to the state of Washington.

March 23: Trump administration issued new FDA guidance allowing for ventilators to be used by anesthesiologists for COVID-19 patients.

March 24:

  • FEMA has distributed 8 million N95 respirator masks and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country.
  • 73 pallets of personal protective equipment were shipped to New York City and 36 pallets to Washington.
  • FEMA has received donations of approximately 6.5 million masks.
  • President Trump approved Iowa and Louisiana for disaster declarations.
  • The U.S. Army issued orders for three army hospitals to deploy their health care professionals to New York and Washington state.

March 25:

  • President Trump:
    • Approved disaster declarations for Texas, Florida, and North Carolina.
    • Signed a reauthorization bill for the Older Americans Act, which provides needed assistance to senior citizens including meals and transportation.
    • Announced 432,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received results.
    • Confirmed 4,000 ventilators were delivered to the state of New York.
  • The President & Vice President held a conference call with 140 non-profit organization leaders to discuss coronavirus response efforts.
  • The Vice President led a conference call with equipment manufacturers to discuss on-going response efforts.
  • The Vice President held discussions with the Governors of Indiana and Michigan.  

March 26:

  • President Trump
    • Approved major disaster declarations for Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Missouri.
    • Announced the USNS Comfort will depart for New York City on Saturday to assist hospital capacity. 
    • Participated in a virtual G20 summit to discuss the global coronavirus response and the need for countries to share information and data.
    • Held a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence announced 552,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
  • Dr. Fauci announced the government is working with companies to speed up the production of vaccines. 

March 27: 

  • President Trump:
    • Signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law.
    • Signed a Defense Production Act memorandum ordering General Motors "to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contractors for ventilators."
    • Signed an executive order allowing the military to activate members of the Selected Reserve and Ready Reserve to active duty.
    • Approved major disaster declarations for South Carolina and Puerto Rico.
    • Appointed Office of Trade and Manufacturing policy director Peter Navarro to serve as the Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator.
    • Announced that 100,000 ventilators are projected to be manufactured in the next 100 days.
    • Spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the virus and committed to helping the U.K. with the supply of ventilators. 
    • Confirmed more than 7 million N95 masks distributed, nearly 3 million face shields, and more than 8,000 ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • The Vice President announced that 685,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their test results.
  • The FEMA Administrator spoke to each state's director of the emergency operations about the state-led, federally-supported efforts. 
  • The USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles to assist hospital facilities in Southern California. 

March 28: 

  • President Trump:
    • Visited Norfolk, VA to send off the USNS Comfort to New York City where it will help crowded hospitals.
    • Approved major disaster declarations for Guam, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Colorado.
    • Spoke with Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ron DeSantis on response efforts.
  • The CDC issued new guidance for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.
  • FEMA shipped or delivered 11.6 million N95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, 5.2 million face shields, 4.3 million surgical gowns, 22 million gloves, and 8,100 ventilators.

March 31:

  • President Trump:
    • Announced the extension of the guidelines to slow the spread to 30 days.
    • Noted we have almost 10,000 ventilators readily available. There have been 400 ventilators sent to Michigan, 300 to New Jersey, 150 to Louisiana, 50 to Connecticut, and more than 450 to Illinois over the past week and week ahead. In addition, FEMA launched Project Airbridge to airlift critical supplies across the country. 
    • Approved Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island for disaster declarations. 
  • The number of various companies joining the fight against COVID-19 and shifting their production to meet the supply needs of doctors, hospitals, and first responders reached nearly 40.
  • CMS issued the rollback of regulations so that doctors can focus on treating patients and worry less about paperwork. This will also help increase hospital capacity.
  • USNS Comfort arrived in the New York City harbor and contains 1,000 beds, a dozen operating rooms, a medical laboratory, and a pharmacy among other resources. 

April 1:

  • President Trump:
    • Announced the Department of Defense is launching enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to combat the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. at our vulnerable time. Secretary Esper said we are doubling our military capabilities to prevent any entry of drugs into the country. 
    • Announced he's going to meet with oil companies on Friday and independent oil producers soon after. 
  • The Department of Labor announced new action on how under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. 
  • HUD suspended foreclosures and evictions for 8.5 million single-family homeowners with mortgages and reverse mortgages. In addition, HUD suspended in-person inspections for multifamily properties, hospitals, and nursing home facilities & has been in constant communication with homeless-service providers. 

April 2:

  • The President: 
    • Announced new guidelines issued for elderly Americans. These guidelines include suspending entry of all non-medically necessary personnel into nursing homes. The Administration is also advising that the staff would remain consistent to care for the same patients.
    • Echoed that there are over 100,000 ventilators being built and said GM will be producing them soon.
    • Discussed plans to give cash payments to people without health insurance for COVID-19. 
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs extended deadlines to file for benefits and postpone debt collections.
  • The DOD added 48 ICU beds in New York. 
  • To date, states have received 271.1 million surgical masks, 19.5 million N95 masks, 22.4 million protective gloves, 5.2 million face shields, and more than 7,600 ventilators. The state and city of New York alone has received 
  • 4 million N95 masks, 1.8 million surgical masks, 460,000 face shields, 1.4 million protective gloves, and 4,400 ventilators.

April 3:

  • President Trump:
    • Approved disaster declarations for New Hampshire, Indiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Oregon. 
    • Held a roundtable with executives from the American oil and gas industry to discuss protecting our energy supply.
    • Announced Blue Cross Blue Shield will waive co-pays for Coronavirus patients. 
    • Spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron about the Coronavirus impact on the world and steps to be taken. 
    • Designated N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, and surgical gowns as scarce to prevent the exportation of these supplies. 
    • Announced uninsured Americans will have Coronavirus treatment covered. 
    • Directed FEMA to send Ochsner surgical gowns. 
  • CDC issued new voluntary steps and guidelines for individuals to wear non-medical face coverings/masks.
  • The SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

April 4:

  • President Trump:
    • Approved disaster declarations for Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
    • Announced 1,000 members of the Defense Department’s Medical Corps will be deployed to New York to assist in the fight against Coronavirus.
    • Had a phone call with commissioners of major league sports including the WWE, MLB, NFL, NBA, and others to discuss what the leagues can be doing in their communities to combat Coronavirus. 
    • Urged Indian PM Modi to allow Hydroxychloroquine to be shipped to the United States.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland.

April 5:

  • President Trump Announced:
    • Emergency declarations for South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. 
    • The building of a 2,500-bed hospital in a Chicago convention center.
    • The establishment of a Federal Medical Station in the Washington, DC area.
    • The purchase and stockpile of 29 million pills/doses of Hydroxychloroquine. 
  • Vice President Pence spoke to Governors from Michigan, Louisiana, and Illinois.
  • Over the last 24 hours, FEMA delivered 500 ventilators to New Jersey, 200 ventilators to Louisiana, 300 to Michigan. 600 will be going to Illinois, and 100 ventilators to Massachusetts.
  • Billions of dollars have already been processed for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. 
  • Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing more than 1,500 hospital beds to help heavily impacted areas.  

April 6:

  • President Trump:
    • Hosted a call with four leaders of pharmaceutical and biotech companies to discuss developments in therapeutics to fight the Coronavirus.
    • Announced they are now allowing USNS Comfort to be used to help NY/NJ Coronavirus patients. 
    • Noted we have almost 10,000 ventilators in the federal stockpile.
    • Held a 15-minute phone call with former Vice President Joe Biden on the Coronavirus pandemic. 
    • Announced 10 therapeutic agents are in active trials with another 15 in plans for clinical trials. The FDA authorized a second vaccine candidate to start their clinical trials.
    • Announced we have reached an agreement with 3M for the delivery of an additional 55.5 million high-quality face masks each month. They will be producing 166.5 million masks over the next few months.
    • Announced we are providing $100 billion in direct support for hospitals across the country.
  • Vice President Pence called Governors of highly impacted states.
  • FEMA and HHS have distributed 11.7 million N95 masks, 26.5 million surgical masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.5 million surgical gowns, and 22.6 million gloves to date
  • Apple announced the production of 1 million plastic face shields for health care works a week.
  • Salesforce donated 48 million pieces of PPE (masks, gowns, suits, and face shields).
  • CVS is launching two new drive-thru testing sites in Atlanta and Providence with each location being able to test up to 1,000 patients per day using the rapid 5-minute test by Abbott Labs.
  • More than $40 billion in relief has been applied for through the PPP for small businesses. This will result in nearly 2 million jobs being preserved. In addition, nearly 3,000 lenders have already made loans through PPP with more lenders being signed up.

April 7th:

  • President Trump:
    • Held a small business roundtable to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with leaders in the banking industry.
    • Reaffirmed Governors are working with the Federal Government to receive support when needed.
    • Discussed how we are working to help address the African American communities that are being hit hard by the Coronavirus.
    • Noted we will be looking into the program and putting a hold on the money spent funding WHO.
    • Announced there are 2,200 ventilators arriving on April 13th, 5,500 arriving on May 4th, 12,000 arriving on May 18th, 20,000 arriving on June 1st, and 60,000 arriving on June 29th. This totals 110,000 ventilators being made by companies such as GE, GM, and others.
  • As of today, the Small Business Administration has processed more than $70 billion in guaranteed loans.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced plans to secure an additional $250 billion for the PPP loan program. 
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is constructing facilities that will have more than 15,000 hospital beds.

April 8th:

  • The President:
    • Had a phone call with 10,000 of America's faith leaders and thanked them for raising people's spirits during these tough times.
    • Spoke with over 3,000 mayors, county commissioners, and state and tribal leaders on the Administration's efforts to defeat Coronavirus.
    • Had a call with Representatives from the United Kingdom and sent well wishes to PM Boris Johnson.
    • Announced there have been nearly 11 million N95 masks sent to highly impacted states. This includes 6 million to New York and New Jersey, 1.8 million to Chicago, 1.7 million to Detroit, 837,000 to New Orleans.
    • Had a call with the Governor of Louisiana on their needs for hospital capacity. Announced we have shipped more than 8,000 ventilators with nearly 10,000 readily available if needed.
    • Announced his Administration is working with Philips to double their ventilator production by May with plans to quadruple the production by later this year.
    • Announced beginning in May we will be receiving nearly 300 million new face masks and anticipates ordering another 200 million for the stockpile.
    • Noted 750,000 protective gowns arrived in Dallas, Texas through the government's partnership with DuPont and FedEx.
    • Announced the national stockpile is equipped with nearly 30 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine. 
    • Announced they will be completing a study to investigate whether the United States will fund the World Health Organization.
    • Urged Congress to vote and pass this week $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program in a quick, bipartisan fashion.
    • Sent 100 ventilators to Colorado at the request of Senator Gardner. 
  • Secretary Pompeo reported since January 29th the State Department has repatriated over 50,000 citizens from more than 90 countries.
  • Vice President Pence had a phone call with every Member of the House of Representatives and the Coronavirus Task Force to report on PPP loans, medical supplies, and other vital updates. 

April 9th:

  • President Trump:
    • Held a phone call with mental health professionals and advocates across the country the First Lady, Vice President, and Second Lady.
    • Met with the Secretaries of Transportation and the Treasury to discuss the airline industry. 
    • Announced through the FDA's Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, 19 therapies and treatments are being tested with 26 in the active planning for the clinical trial phase.
    • Announced trials for Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir continue.
    • Urged Senate Democrats to pass legislation to replenish the funds of the Paycheck Protection Program to continue to give support to America's small businesses and keep employees employed.
    • Stated the Federal Reserve will make $600 billion in loans available for mid-sized businesses with up to 10,000 employees, and $500 billion will be available for states and counties with over 2 million residents and cities with populations over 1 million. 
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is building 21 temporary hospitals and care facilities nationwide which provides 17,000 hospital beds.
  • Pfizer announced they have found a promising new treatment that could prevent COVID-19 from replicating. They hope to begin testing in clinical trials on this treatment soon.
  • The Department of Education announced the availability of over $6 billion in emergency grant funding to assist college students impacted by the cancellation of classes and the suspension of housing. This is in addition to the Department's action to waive student loan payments for 6 months.
  • The Vice President announced $125 billion in PPP loans have now been approved. He also announced there are 30,000 users and 3,900 lenders participating in the program. 
  • The Vice President reaffirmed by the end of next week direct payments to taxpayers will begin to go out as planned.
  • The Vice President spoke with the Governors of Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, and Rhode Island on distributing needed resources through FEMA.
  • The Coronavirus Task Force tasked the FDA and CMS to review the feasibility of allowing hospital workers to use cloth gowns during procedures so they may be reutilized.  

April 10th:

  • President Trump:
    • Directed Agriculture Secretary Perdue to expedite aid to farmers and use all funds and authorities at his disposal to make sure that our food supply is stable, strong, and safe. This program would include $16 billion in relief for farmers, ranchers, and producers impacted by COVID-19.
    • Spoke to the Governor of Louisiana regarding the ongoing hospital bed construction from the Army Corps and FEMA.
    • Announced the progress in the state of Washington that has led to the Governor returning an Army field hospital that is no longer needed.
    • Announced the decline of hospital admissions in the state of New York with a nationwide number flattening for new cases.
    • Reported we have deployed 2 million shipments of hydroxychloroquine from the stockpile for various cities.
    • Utilized the DPA to build hospitals in 12 states.
    • Directed the Surgeon General to meet with 2,000 Hispanic community leaders
    • Announced the shipment of 60 sterilization systems to 10 different cities in order to sterilize 80,000 masks a day with hopes to increase that number to 120,000.  
  • The FDA has issued 47 emergency use authorizations for advancements and testing, new ventilator designs, innovations, PPE and experimental medicines. 
  • The NIH, CDC, and FDA are validating antibody tests for accuracy at a rapid speed.
  • The FDA issued revised guidance regarding the laundering of gowns.
  • The Vice President and Surgeon General led a phone call with more than 400 African American leaders across the country to discuss alarming trends on the impact of Coronavirus in communities of color.
  • The Vice President spoke with the Governor of Colorado regarding an outbreak in the state and testing supplies. 

April 13th:

  • President Trump announced:
    • Five new contracts to produce additional ventilators under the DPA. Today we received 1,300 ventilators and we are adding 6,190 ventilators to the stockpile by May 8th, another 29,000 by the end of May, and more than 120,000 will be in the stockpile by the end of the year.
    • The Army Corps of Engineers has built more than 20,000 hospital beds. 
    • We have purchased 60 mobile decontamination systems to clean and reuse masks. N95 masks can be decontaminated up to 20 times. More than 33 million N95 masks per week will be cleaned and decontaminated through this process. 
    • We have facilitated the supply of more than 38 million N95 masks nationwide with another 2 million N95 masks being sent to Pennsylvania to date.
    • His Administration has deployed roughly 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine from the stockpile over the past 7 days.
    • He is requesting a delay for the 2020 Census.
    • Nearly 80 million Americans will receive a total of $147 billion in direct relief payments by the end of the week
    • Over $200 billion has been processed through PPP loans to help small businesses retain their employees through 4,600 participating lenders. 
  • Dr. Fauci had a conversation with the Congressional Black Caucus on getting resources for vulnerable people in the black community battling the virus.
  • The United States has now conducted close to 3 million COVID-19 tests with approximately 150,000 being done a day.
  • The FDA granted emergency authorization for a device that uses certain proteins from the bloodstream that possibly block a person's immune system from overreacting to the virus. 

April 14th:

  • President Trump:
    • Hosted a roundtable with Vice President Pence and Coronavirus survivors including democratic Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett who credited hydroxychloroquine for saving her life. 
    • Held a meeting with healthcare executives to discuss the Coronavirus. The President announced his Administration is partnering with hospitals across the country to create a system called the "Dynamic Ventilator Reserve" to help states maintain ventilator stocks for the future.
    • Reported more than 20 of our nation's health systems have voluntarily pledged more than 4,000 ventilators if needed.
    • Reached an agreement for airlines to participate in a payroll support program to fully support industry workers and protect taxpayers. 
    • Announced funding will be halted for the World Health Organization while a review is conducted on it's handling of misinformation on the spread of the Coronavirus. 
    • Stated the U.S. manufactured 30,000 ventilators last year and this year will produce over 150,000 and could be as high as 200,000. There are 10,000 ventilators in the federal stockpile and 60,000 ventilators in hospitals across the country that are currently not being used.  
    • Announced he will be talking with every governor and authorizing them to implement a reopening plan for their state.
  • The First Lady spoke with Mrs. Elke Büdenbender of Germany regarding COVID-19 developments in their respective countries as well as steps to defeat the virus.
  • The CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation reaffirmed there will be 100,000 ventilators by the end of June.   
  • The FDA authorized the first test developed by researchers from Rutgers University to self-administer tests with saliva which reduces exposure for medical workers and saves PPE. Rutgers will begin processing 10,000 of these tests daily. 
  • Secretary Pompeo announced the State Department has now repatriated 60,000 Americans who faced transportation issues overseas when the Coronavirus broke out. 

April 15th:

  • President Trump:
    • Announced data suggests we have passed the "peak" of the roughest hit of the virus Reported the government has developed and delivered 39.4 million N95 masks, 431 million gloves, 57 million surgical masks, and 10.2 million gowns.
    • Announced we have ordered 500 million masks and have distributed 100 million masks.
    • Held phone calls with leaders in health, healthcare, transportation, technology services, food and beverage, hospitality, and real estate, retail, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and sports on restoring the full emergence of the American economy.
    • Advocated for Congress to pass the additional $250 billion needed for small business funding.
    • Announced 35 trials of promising therapies are now underway.
  • To date:
    • America has authorized 48 tests and the FDA is working with 300 companies and labs to increase our capacity.
    • Project Airbridge has completed 44 flights with 56 scheduled to deliver PPE.
    •  More than $300 billion in loans have been processed to over one million small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program;
  • Abbott Labs announced it has developed an antibody test to determine if someone has been previously infected and potentially developed an immunity. The President stated the test could screen up to 20 million people in a matter of weeks.
  • General Motors will ship over 600 ventilators this month with thousands more to come. GM announced it manufactured a ventilator in Indiana in under 11 days. 
  • Dr. Birx reported there are 9 states that have less than 1,000 cases and less than 30 new cases per day. 
  • Secretary Perdue discussed food supply & demand and reassured Americans that we have plenty of food to feed the country. The Secretary spoke about the USDA's supply shift to restock grocery stores rather than restaurants as changes are being made to their process, the Secretary reaffirmed our country is well supplied.
  • The Vice President announced 258 medical military personnel were deployed from the USNS Comfort yesterday to support medical workers in NYC at the Javits Center. Mayor DeBlasio had a phone call with the President and Vice President today.  

April 16th:


  • President Trump:
    • Announced his Administration is issuing new federal guidelines to allow governors to take a new, phased approach to reopening their individual states. The approach has 3 steps and the country will not reopen all at once.
    • Announced the United States has now completed more than 3.5 million Coronavirus tests. The Vice President estimated more than 5 million Americans will be tested by the end of the month.
    • Announced we have now distributed more than 600,000 Abbott ID now point of care diagnostic tests that deliver rapid results.
    • Stated there have been more than 120,000 tests reported in a single day by hospitals. The number of tests in commercial laboratories has dropped to roughly 70,000 over the last week as new tests have emerged. The laboratories remain an option for states to utilize as testing.
    • Announced nationwide, more than 850 counties, or nearly 30%, have reported no new cases in the last 7 days.
    • Noted his Administration is negotiating with Democrats to pass additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program which ran out of money today.
    • Participated in a video teleconference with G7 leaders to discuss Coronavirus response.
    • Held a ceremony at the White House to commend the work of America's truck drivers for delivering food and supplies across our great country.
  • Vice President Pence announced the Coronavirus Task Force had a phone call with bipartisan members of the House and Senate to provide information and receive input on the President's new guidelines to open America again.

April 17th:

  • President Trump:
    • Held a phone call with faith leaders across the country.
    • Announced the Treasury has now sent out economic relief payments to more than 80 million Americans through direct deposit.
    • Announced Secretary Perdue and the USDA will be implementing a $19 billion relief program for America's farmers and ranchers impacted by the global pandemic called "The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program." The program will consist of $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers who experienced losses.
    • Announced the USDA will receive an additional $14 billion to continue funding our farmers in the CCC program come July
    • Spoke to the President of Mexico and indicated the United States will help Mexico with their need for ventilators as well as other countries.
    • Announced there are now four authorized antibody tests that will help health professionals identify the number of asymptomatic or mild cases.
    • Discussed the NIH and other agencies conducting clinical trials on 35 treatments and therapies. 
    • Approved a major disaster declaration for American Samoa which means all 50 states and territories are under major disaster declarations for the first time in American history.
    • Announced the U.S. will be sending out 5.5 million testing swabs to the states.
    • Announced there are 500 million masks coming into the country soon between manufacturing and ordering efforts. 
  • To date:
    • The United States has conducted more than 3.87 million Coronavirus tests. 
    • We have distributed nearly 660,000 Abbott ID NOW point-of-care tests.
    • Hospitals and academic institutions have now conducted nearly 600,000 tests and the number is growing.
    • There have been a total of 44.5 million N95 masks, nearly 524 million gloves, 63.5 million surgical masks, and more than 10 million gowns delivered to medical workers. The Vice President added as of yesterday, FEMA has supplied more than 10,000 ventilators and more than 8,600 federal medical station beds.  
  • The FDA announced a collaboration with the United Health Group, the Gates Foundation, Quantigene, and US Cotton to expand the supply of essential swabs to support our growing testing capabilities. 
  • NIH announced it is launching a public-private partnership with more than one dozen biopharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of the most promising therapies and vaccines.
  • Secretary Perdue announced the USDA will be purchasing $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to be distributed to Americans in need through their food bank networks, community, and faith-based organizations. 
  • The Vice President announced there are 33,000 members of the National Guard on duty, 5,500 active duty military personnel that have been deployed to 9 states, including 716 medical professionals.
  • The Vice President announced today a letter was sent to all governors detailing the medical equipment and supplies that have been distributed to their respective state from FEMA. The Vice President and Task Force will be speaking to our nation's governors on Monday.
  • The President, Vice President, and team unveiled their approach to working with states to increase testing.

April 20th:

  • President Trump Announced:
    • Deaths are down by over 50% in Detroit and 65% in New Orleans.
    • 30 states have one case or less per 1,000 people.
    • While negotiating with Democrats on replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program, they are looking at adding $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers.
    • We have invested $1.4 billion in community health centers to protect the most vulnerable.
    • The United States continues to lead the world on testing capacity and the number will quickly grow as governors are empowered through resources supplied by his Administration.
    • There are now 72 active trials underway for therapies and treatments with an additional 211 in the planning stage.
  • To date, HHS has distributed the first $30 billion in direct payments to one million health care providers across the country.
  • Vice President Pence:
    • Thanked Axon for teaming up with the National Police Foundation to provide 8,000 Police Departments with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
    • Held a phone call with governors from all 50 states about the Administration's efforts to defeat the Coronavirus. Each governor was provided with the name, address, and phone number for the labs with additional testing capacity in their state.
    • Announced the governor of Arizona reported antibody testing for 250,000 health professionals and first responders in partnership with state and University of Arizona officials.
    • Highlighted the 5-7 testing capacity hubs set up by Governor Newsum in partnership with UC San Diego and UC Davis.
    • Reflected on the 275,000 Coronavirus tests conducted in the state of Florida.
    • Reported we have enough testing capacity today for every state in America to go to phase one if they meet the other criteria.

April 21st:

  • President Trump:
    • Spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom as he recovers from the Coronavirus.
    • Met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss Coronavirus testing at the White House.
    • Announced the state of New York has already received 5 million masks as is projected to have that number doubled by this week. 
    • Reported 20 states representing 40% of the U.S. population have announced they are making plans to safely reopen their economies.
  • The Vice President visited Madison, Wisconsin to tour a GE manufacturing plant that is producing ventilators for healthcare workers.
  • The Senate passed The Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act which provides $310 billion to refill the loan program and $100 billion for hospitals and testing.
  • The FDA has now authorized more than 50 diagnostic tests with the first at-home test being announced last night (4/20).
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced the U.S. Department of the Treasury finalized Payroll Support Program agreements with Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. 

April 22nd:

  • President Trump:
    • Announced he will begin to reopen National Parks and public lands.
    • Spoke with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Announced in the coming weeks the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels will be performing air shows over America's major cities called Operation America Strong to pay tribute to healthcare workers.
    • Spoke to multiple world leaders regarding ventilators, and had a call with Governor Newsum on testing.
    • Announced over the past month, his Administration has sent $1.4 billion to America's 13,000 community health centers to increase testing and treatment in underserved areas. The President added 40 sites have so far been launched in these communities with plans to launch more in the coming weeks.
    • Discussed efforts to expand telehealth services. 
    • Announced he instructed the White House Opportunity Revitalization Council, led by Secretary Carson, to focus efforts on supporting underserved communities impacted by the virus.
    • Announced over 1,600 locations across the country have signed up to administer convalescent plasma to patients and encouraged Coronavirus survivors to donate their blood. 
  • To date, the Trump Administration has sent more than $7 billion in federal funding to support the development of treatments, diagnostics, and therapies. 
  • Signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending immigration into the United States to ensure Americans in need of jobs can have the opportunity to do so as the economy reopens.
  • The Coronavirus Task Force, led by the Vice President, has been providing individual support to Governors creating plans to reopen their states based on the phased guidelines.
  • The Opportunity Revitalization Council will seek input from the private sector and community leaders on how they can best support minority communities.
  • Vice President Pence:
    • Stated we are continuing to see declines across the country including major metro areas in the number of cases.
    • Noted there have now been more than 31,000 National Guard members stood-up nationwide. 
    • Stated we have more than 5,500 active duty military personnel including 964 medical professionals in the field. 
    • Reported over 900 ventilators will be added in the near future.
    • Reported Walmart will be producing 8.4 million medical gowns for healthcare facilities. Honda is producing 500,000 face shields, and New Balance is making 100,000 masks a week. 

April 23rd:

  • President Trump:
    • Announced 46 states have reported drops in patients showing Coronavirus symptoms.
    • Announced by leveraging the Defense Production Act, 3 contracts were finalized to produce 39 million N95 masks in 90 days.
    • Announced we have airlifted nearly 750 million pieces of PPE into the U.S. The Vice President has been giving the governor's exact counts of what has been delivered to counties in their states.
    • Spoke about the partnerships his Administration has forged with leading scientists to publish scholarly articles that top AI experts can analyze when testing potential therapies. 
  • The Vice President announced they had a phone call today with Secretary Carson and leaders from HUD about the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council focusing on the Coronavirus impact on minority communities.
  • The Vice President announced 4.93 million Coronavirus tests have now been performed across the country. The Vice President announced yesterday alone our commercial labs systems did 100,000 Coronavirus tests.
  • To date, FEMA has reported 35,000 National Guard have been deployed across the country.
  • The Vice President announced as of today 16 states have produced formal reopening plans for their respective states in accordance with the President's guidelines.
  • DHS Under Secretary for Science William Bryan discussed trends on how the Coronavirus dies fast when exposed to higher temperatures and solar light. While research is still being conducted, this is a positive sign as we move into the warmer summer months.

April 24th:

  • President Trump:
    • Spoke to President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia regarding the U.S. assisting them with ventilators.
    • Spoke with President Lenin Moreno of the Republic of Ecuador about sending ventilators.
    • Stated nationwide the number of Coronavirus tests that come back positive are declining significantly. There are 18 states now showing declines in positive tests.
    • Held a phone call with Tim Cook of Apple about the post-Coronavirus economy.
    • Signed today the Paycheck Protection Program & Healthcare Enhancement Act which provides $320 billion to PPP loans with $30 billion reserved for small financial institutions including those serving minority communities. In addition, the bill provides $70 billion for hospitals.
    • Spoke with the President of Honduras about helping them obtain ventilators and some successful stories on the use of Hydroxychloroquine.  
  • FDA has approved the first at-home Coronavirus test kit. There are 72 trials for therapeutics underway with 211 in the planning stages.
  • The Vice President led the Coronavirus Task Force on a two-hour long call with all of the nation's governors to receive updates on testing.
  • The Vice President reported FEMA, HHS, and the private sector have coordinated the delivery of shipments across the country of nearly 67 million N95 masks, 105 million surgical masks, surgical gowns, shields, gloves, more than 10,000 ventilators, and over 8,000 federal field medical station beds.
  • To date, 5.1 million Americans have been tested for the Coronavirus.
  • The First Lady sent care packages to hospitals in 10 states that are dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

April 25th: 

  • President Trump:
    • Held phone call with Catholic leaders and educators.
    • Met with NASA for a look at how they are responding to the Coronavirus crisis. Administrator Jim Bridenstine presented samples of equipment using NASA technology including an oxygen hood.
    • Spoke to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia about helping Ethiopia with the supply of ventilators. 

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