April 27, 2020

Timeline: President Trump’s Unprecedented COVID-19 Leadership (Part 2)

View part one of the timeline here.

April 27th:

  • President Trump:
    • Met with industry executives including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Riteaid, and Kroger on the Coronavirus response. He also met with leaders from the world's top medical diagnostic companies to discuss increasing testing.
    • Reported since the guidelines to slow the spread have been exercised, cities across the country are actively seeing stable and declining case numbers.
    • Announced the United States has now conducted more than 5.4 million Coronavirus tests, twice as much as any other country in the world
    • Announced on Saturday alone more than 200,000 Coronavirus tests results were reported since the White House equipped governors with the laboratory resources at their disposal.
    • Released additional guidance on testing as states develop their plans to safely reopen their economies.
  • To date, the FDA has issued 70 Emergency Use Authorizations related to Coronavirus testing including 62 molecular tests and 8 serological tests.

April 28th:

  • President Trump
    • Met with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the White House to discuss Coronavirus and 
    • FL's efforts to protect vulnerable residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 
    • Met with small business owners and recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans to share their stories on how they were able to keep employees on with the program.   
    • Signed an Executive Order for meat processing plants under the Defense Production Act to remain open.
  • Vice President Pence visited Mayo Clinic Labs where progress is being made on testing and collecting plasma donations from Coronavirus survivors. 
  • Secretary Mnuchin stated nearly 120 million Americans have received direct deposits for the economic impact payments. 
  • The Treasury announced any PPP loan over $2 million will be strictly reviewed by SBA to ensure large companies are not incorrectly receiving this money allocated for small businesses. 

April 29th:

  • President Trump
    • Met with the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, at the White House to discuss testing and their state plans to reopen safely.
    • Announced 500 million masks will be coming into the country.
    • Participated in a roundtable with industry executives on the "Plan for Opening Up America Again."
    • Spoke with the Governor of New York. 
    • Announced Puritan Medical Supplies will be producing an additional 40 million swabs per month beginning in May.
  • Vice President Pence
    • Announced 35 states have released formal reopening plans.
    • Reported more than a million Coronavirus tests are being done a week with a total of 5.8 million done to date. The Vice President and Task Force expect to be able to conduct more than 2 million tests a week by next month.
    • Held a phone call with governors across the country on the President's blueprint for testing.
  • Secretary Scalia stated all 50 states and the District of Columbia are now offering the additional $600 in unemployment insurance as part of the CARES Act to support workers through this difficult time. 

April 30th:

  • President Trump 
    • Met with Governor Murphy of New Jersey to discuss Coronavirus testing and financial assistance.
    • Delivered remarks at the White House on the importance of protecting America's senior citizens.
    • Signed a declaration to make May the "Older America's Month" to honor the contributions of our nation's seniors.
    • Discussed the nearly $1 billion in grants his Administration provided to support home-delivered meals, home care, and other services for older citizens.
    • Announced the number of Medicare beneficiaries utilizing telehealth services has increased to roughly 650,000 a week.
    • Announced the Federal Government is funding 35,000 members of the National Guard to help states deliver critical supplies to nursing homes, assist with testing, and help with disinfecting the homes.
    • Announced FEMA will be sending PPE to 15,400 Medicaid & Medicare-certified nursing homes, CMS will provide states $81 million from the CARES Act to increase nursing home inspections, they will finalize the rule to increase information sharing from nursing homes to the CDC, and create a Coronavirus Commission for Safety & Quality in Nursing Homes.
  • The Vice President and Secretary Chao visited a General Motors plant in Kokomo, Indiana.
  • FEMA will provide a kit with a seven day supply of eye protection, masks, gowns, and gloves for the workers at the 15,400 nursing homes. In addition, over the next 60 days, FEMA will be providing each nursing home with two separate shipments of seven days of supplies 
  • The Secretary of Veterans Affairs stated all 78,000 residents of their nursing homes have been tested for the Coronavirus as well as all of the staff.

May 1st:

  • President Trump
    • Participated in a presidential recognition ceremony for the hard work, heroism, and hope Americans have displayed during this pandemic. 
    • Signed an executive order today on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System. 
    • Announced the FDA has granted emergency use authorization for Gilead Sciences’ Remdesivir drug to treat COVID-19 patients. a
  • The Trump Administration will distribute a total of $12 billion in provider relief fund payments to 395 hospitals across the country impacted by COVID-19. HHS will distribute an additional $2 billion to these hospitals.
  • To date, 100 flights have been completed through Project Airbridge delivering nearly 1 billion pieces of PPE.

May 2nd:

  • President Trump spoke with:
    • President Mario Abdo Benítez of the Republic of Paraguay to discuss efforts to combat the coronavirus.
    • Interim President Jeanine Áñez of Bolivia to discuss working together to defeat COVID-19. 
  • The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds flew over Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia as part of the "America Strong" project to thank and encourage first responders.


May 4th:

  • President Trump held a virtual town hall and answered questions on the response to COVID-19 from across the country.
  • The SBA has reportedly helped over 3.8 million small businesses secure more than $500 billion in loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The USNS Comfort arrived back at Naval Station Norfolk and will prepare for future assignments.


May 5th:

  • President Trump:
    • Traveled to Arizona to visit a Honeywell factory where N95 masks are being manufactured.
    • Participated in a roundtable on support for Native Americans throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act provides $8 billion to help tribal governments.
    • Announced his Administration is using the Defense Production Act to manufacture an additional 100,000 ventilators.
    • Announced there are 90 clinical trials underway for a vaccine.
    • Announced through FEMA, HHS, and the private sector partnership medical workers have received more than 70 million N95 masks, 112 million surgical masks, 7 million face shields, 18 million gowns, and nearly 1 billion gloves.
    • Announced the Native American community will receive rapid COVID-19 tests by Abbott Laboratories and 1,000 cartridges.
    • Announced the Navajo nation will soon receive more than $600 million to help protect their citizens from the virus.

May 6th:

  • President Trump:
    • Met with healthcare workers to honor National Nurses Day.
    • Spoke with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Met with Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa to discuss Iowa’s plans to reopen safely.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced the U.S. continues to lead the global response to COVID-19 with $128 million in new health and humanitarian assistance.
  • The United States has now completed 7.5 million coronavirus tests, more than double of various countries. 
  • The FDA has issued more than 70 emergency use authorizations to expand testing capacity and accelerate the development of therapeutics and vaccines. There are nearly 80 clinical trials underway with another 30 to be expected.
  • 2.3 million loans have been made in the second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. The average loan size in the second round of funding is $76,000 totaling more than $180 billion in the second round alone through more than 5,400 participating lenders.

May 7th:

  • President Trump met with Governor Abbott of Texas at the White House to discuss his state's safe plans for reopening and responding to COVID-19. 
  • Secretary Pompeo announced the State Department has now helped bring over 80,000 Americans home. 
  • The Vice President, Administrator Verma, and Rear Adm. John Polowczyk delivered PPE to Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Virginia. Vice President Pence announced FEMA will be delivering critical PPE to 15,400 nursing homes across America.

May 8th:

  • President Trump
    • Held a roundtable with GOP Members of Congress at the White House to discuss our economic response to COVID-19.
    • Announced as of today, the United States has conducted 8.5 million Coronavirus tests with over 300,000 done yesterday (5/7) alone.
    • Participated in a meeting with senior military leadership and the National Security Team.  

May 9th:

  • President Trump approved the Arkansas Disaster Declaration.‬

May 11th:

  • President Trump announced:
    • His Administration is sending more than $10 billion in funding to America's states, territories, and tribes.
    • His administration will provide collection supplies to help states meet their testing targets and is sending more than 12.9 million swabs to states throughout the month of May.  
    • More than 9 million Coronavirus tests have now been done throughout the country.
    • There will be more than 240 additional testing sites across the country to help expand testing in America's underserved communities. 
  • Vice President  Pence led a call at the White House with America’s Governors on the rapid expansion of testing, PPE shipments to nursing homes, PPP loans, and state plans to Open Up America Again.

 

May 12th:

  • The U.S. continues to work to meet the goal of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  • Through all channels, the U.S. has shipped over 90 million N95 respirators which is more than 3x the average health care industry uses in a year.
  • Under the Trump Administration, COVID-19 testing is at a higher rate per capita in all 50 states compared to South Korea
  • The Trump Administration is providing $12 billion in Provider Relief Payments to 395 hospitals hit the hardest by COVID-19.

May 13th:

  • President Trump:
    • Met with the governors of North Dakota and Colorado at the White House to discuss plans to safely reopen their states, testing, and PPE. 
    • Signed an executive order on the Continuation of the National Emergency on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain.
  • Vice President Pence led a discussion with higher education leaders on the response to COVID-19 and America’s phased reopening.


May 14th:

  • President Trump:
    • Delivered remarks on manufacturing at Owens & Minor, Inc. Distribution Center in Allentown, PA.
    • Announced Project Airbridge has done nearly 150 flights that have delivered 95 million masks, 16 million gowns, and 921 million gloves to America. The President announced Project Airbridge will be transforming into Project Sealift to secure PPE.
    • Announced an initiative to replenish and rebuild the National Strategic Stockpile by increasing our reserves. The U.S. government will now stockpile 3 months of supplies, much of which will be made in America.
    • Evoked the Defense Production Act to grant authority to the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to bring vital manufacturing and jobs back to America.
  • The Trump Administration has ordered 800 million N95 masks.


May 15th:

  • President Trump held a briefing at the White House on the progress of developing a vaccine to combat COVID-19 
  • The USDA unveiled a new program called the "Farmers to Families Food Box Program," in which the federal government buys meat, produce, and dairy from farmers and ranchers and provides it to local distribution centers that pack and deliver food boxes to those in need.
  • The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the start of a public comment (5/15-6/30) period to assist the agency in its development of criteria for designating emerging drug threats.
  • The Vice President announced new members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force: Secretary Perdue, Secretary Scalia, Administrator Thomas Engels, and two top government scientists Francis Collins and Peter Marks.

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