Tuesday Coronavirus Update: "Help Is On The Way" - Mitigation is Key

Tuesday Coronavirus Update: “Help Is On The Way” – Mitigation is Key

Indianapolis – March 31, 2020 –  President Donald Trump and the core members of the Coronavirus Task Force Team updated the American people and media on the on-going battle with the Wuhan Virus. Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci joined POTUS in the Brady Press Briefing Room today.

President Trump set the tone for the presentation of information to be covered in this briefing. “Our Country is in the midst of a great national trial unlike any we have ever faced before.  You all see it. You see it probably better than most,” he said. “We’re at war with a deadly virus. Our success in this fight will require the full measure of our strength, love and devotion.” The president stressed how important it is to follow those now familiar guidelines which have just been extended to April 30, adding, “It’s a matter of life and death.”

During his remarks, President Trump was very clear about course of this virus over the upcoming weeks saying, “We are going to go through a very tough two weeks,” he said. “This is going to be a painful, very, very painful two weeks.” He added that “this is the time for all Americans to come together.” After talking about this expected difficult road ahead, Trump was quick to praise healthcare workers: “Their bravery is incredible. You people are just incredible.”

POTUS reported that “FEMA is supplying 250 ambulances and 500 EMTs to New York.” Along with sending ventilators to New York, Trump also mentioned ventilators being sent to Michigan, but no particular number was given.

Dr. Birx took the podium with a presentation explaining the data of social distancing impact that has been collected to date. Both she and Dr Fauci have indicated that the goal of mitigation is absolutely critical to reducing the mortality from the virus. As she has stated before, Dr. Birx advised: “There is no magic bullet. No magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behavior.” 

Dr. Fauci commented on Dr. Birx’s presentation and stated “We’re going to continue to see things go up. We cannot be discouraged by that. The mitigation is working and will work.” He also added “Our goal, which I think we can accomplish, is to get New York and other hot spots to get around that curve.”

Vice President Pence spoke to how closely he and President Trump are working with the governors, naming Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and other potential hot spot states. According to Pence, 29 states have been given State of Emergency Status, with 10 states being given full access to the National Guard.

The vice president reported that “more than 1.1 million tests have been completed around the country.” Pence added to POTUS’ comment earlier regarding ventilators: “8,100 ventilators have been sent around the nation. Airlifts of supplies are being sent to New York, Louisiana and Ohio tomorrow.” As did the president, Pence spoke so highly of the healthcare professionals on the front lines. “Help is on the way. We’re gonna leave no stone unturned to make sure you have the resources and equipment to do your job,” he added.

In response to a question about the supply of ventilators, the president described how the supply was being managed, directly from the new manufacturers to the end user hospitals. Currently there are about 10,000 ventilators in the Federal stockpile, on hand and ready for immediate shipment to the next hot spot. The supply will increase as new ventilators come online.  As the curve of cases rises, the states will be receiving them almost overnight and in another new innovation, will come direct from manufacturer to hospitals to save time. For now, the president said, “we will hold them back,” to be available if a breakout occurs in any of our densely populated major metro areas.

~~ Editor’s Note:  It is this editor’s opinion that this press conference was pivotal given the information and direction of what the president calls a ‘war against an unseen enemy.’ We highly recommend viewing the video that follows for detail and full exploration of the informative charts and of the questions that followed. 

UPDATE: The full Transcript of the March 31, 2020 press conference can be found here.  It is well worth the close read to appreciate the scope of what is to come. ~~ Ed.

Full video of briefing:

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

Clips from today’s briefing:







(courtesy of White House Twitter)


(courtesy of Mike Pence Twitter)

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