In response to the severity of the Coronavirus pandemic, President Trump announced Monday, March 16th, his new guidelines, which recommend (not mandate) for all Americans to practice “social-distancing” and stay home, sick or not. “Each and every one of us has a critical role to play,” Trump said, surrounded by members of his Coronavirus task force. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of catching and dying from COVID-19.
The U.S. death toll has risen to 85, with more than 4,600 known cases as of Monday afternoon. The global deaths surged past 7,100.
President Trump’s Coronavirus guidelines
- If someone in your house has tested positive, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work or school.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from others.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
- Avoid eating or drinking in restaurants, bars, and food courts. Use drive-thru, pick-up, and delivery options.
- Do not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless you are there to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Avoid touching your face.
Following the spread of the virus, the Trump Administration is prepared to take steps further such as potential curfews and mandated closing of businesses, but these actions will not be taken until proven necessary. President Trump has made it clear that the U.S. economy will prevail. Some states have already made some extreme changes mandatory.
COVID-19 Country-wide Update
In Washington, the state with the first known U.S. case of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee imposed strict new rules this week to help slow the spread of COVID-19. He mandated an immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities. He also increased the limits on large gatherings. The nursing home where the outbreak occurred is still in quarantine as 30 of the 43 remaining residents, and 46 of the home’s 180 employees, have tested positive. There have been 29 COVID-19 related deaths thus far.
In New Jersey, restaurants, bars, and malls are shut down due to 267 COVID-19 cases. The number of people who have applied for unemployment this week have crashed the system according to Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, March 11th.
In New York, where there are 814 confirmed COVID-19 cases, a shelter-in-place order has not been ruled out as an option. Mayor Bill de Blasio is said to have a decision on the matter in 48 hours.
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