Out of an abundance of caution, President Trump consented to be tested for coronavirus. The president’s physician, Sean Conley, confirmed the negative test result.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” Conley wrote in a statement. “This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative.”
President Trump was just recently exposed to the coronavirus at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while dining with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, also present, tested positive for the coronavirus. On Friday, Bolsonaro tested negative for the disease.
The White House is conducting temperature checks on the press corps. White House Deputy Press Secretary, Judd Deere, explained, “Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President.”
Perhaps, out of an abundance of caution, the president should not allow reporters into the daily press conferences at all. He would be safer and we, American people, wouldn’t have to listen to them yell questions at the president.
President Trump declared a National emergency and invoked the Stafford Act, freeing up $50 billion dollars to deal with the coronavirus crisis facing the US. The Stafford Act has been used in times of national emergency by many presidents, including most recently Obama, Bush, and Clinton. President Trump invoked it in the spring of 2019 during the flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.
Drive-thru testing for coronavirus
President Trump is working with Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target to implement drive-thru testing in the US.
South Korea has been using drive-thru testing on 20,000 people a day. The technicians wear protective gear and masks to do the testing. There is no need for the testee to get out of the car, limiting exposure for the tester and the testee.
According to ABC News, “Under the new protocol, using the drive-thru sites, “the goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car,” President Trump said on March 13. The test uses a nasal swab.”
Let’s hope we can get this going and get a better idea of the extent of infection in the US.
Democrats continue to play games with people’s lives
Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi, has failed to produce a bill that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. The Democrats included medical spending in the bill without the protection of the Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars to be spent on abortion. Pelosi, predictably, continues to play games, this time, with people’s health.
Pelosi wasted the whole week behind closed doors drafting a partisan bill full of liberal fantasies that have nothing to do w/ Coronavirus.
Republicans are ready to work w/ Dems on SERIOUS solutions.
Now is not the time for politics. Pelosi needs to stop the games & work w/ us.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 12, 2020
More cancellations and quarantines
The Master’s golf tournament has been canceled. Saint Patrick’s Day parades and the Boston Marathon are canceled.
Local events, organizations and gatherings are all canceling to try to stop the spread of the virus.
Spain has declared a nationwide lockdown, allowing people to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine. All schools, restaurants, bars, hotels, and non-essential retail stores are closed.