US Coronavirus: Republican Maryland Governor Rejects Trump’s Claim That There Is No Shortage of Testing
The Maryland Governor has rejected President Donald Trump’s denial that there is a shortage of coronavirus test kits.
In a leaked taping of a conference call with several governors, Trump claimed he had no complaints about ‘weeks’ testing of deficits.
Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who is president of the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s comments in an interview with NPR on Tuesday and said, “Yeah, that’s just not true.”
“I know they have taken some steps to create new tests, but they are not actually produced and distributed to the United States. So it’s an ambitious thing, ”Hogan continued.
Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association, responded to Trump’s comments on Tuesday, saying, “Yes, that’s just not true.”
In a leaked taping of a conference call with several governors, Trump claimed he had no complaint about deficit testing in ‘weeks’
He added that the Trump administration has some new test measures in the works, but for the time being, no state has enough testing.
Hogan said he believes others in the administration are “talking about the facts.”
“We’re listening to the smart team,” said Hogan, naming Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the White House coronavirus task force, including doctors Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci.
Trump’s controversial comments came during an hour-long conference call where he was joined by Birx, Pence, Fauci, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, and FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor.
In a leak, he pushed back when asked by national governors for help.
“I could give four or five examples in the past week where we have delivery orders, which were then canceled, and they were partially canceled because what our suppliers say is that federal funds demand and trump that,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said in the leaked call.
“So we’re trying to move stocks to really isolate that and do contact tracking, but we don’t even have enough stocks to test.”
Montana Governor Steve Bullock told Trump, “We will be a day away, if we don’t get test kits from the CDC, we wouldn’t be able to test in Montana.”
President Donald Trump opens a box with a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott Laboratories at a press conference in Rose Garden on Monday
Trump bragged about how the US conducted more tests than any other country. He then bragged about a new four-minute test that was released.
“I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” Trump said. “We have now tested more than any country in the world. We have these great tests and we will release one more tomorrow, you know, testing almost immediately. But I haven’t heard about testing as a problem. ‘
Admiral Brett Giroir, head of the Public Health Service, spoke about the new kits and agreed that each state would get at least 15 soon.
“We’ll take that to your state lab as soon as possible,” Giroir added.
New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also communicated the need for more testing after ‘incredible spikes’ in infection rates that warned she could ‘wipe out indigenous peoples’.
“The infection rate, at least on the New Mexico side – although we have several Arizona residents in our hospitals – we see a much higher hospitalization, a much younger hospitalization, a much faster transit-rate for this population,” Grisham to Trump. “And we see doubling in every day and a half.”
Trump simply replied, Wow, that’s something. ‘
Several governors complained that if their state were not promptly given the necessary test and personal protective equipment, their territories could be the next epicentres of the outbreak that has plagued the US.
Admiral Brett Giroir, head of the Public Health Service, said each state would soon receive at least 15 new kits that can get a result in four minutes
POTUS told Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards (right): ‘We’re going to have some extra fans coming’
Experts predict Louisiana will be the next place to be overwhelmed by the growing number of infected people.
The state has created a 1,250-bed field hospital to which 1,000 can be added starting next week.
“We’re having a really hard time getting the fans we need,” said Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards about the call of the New York Times. “We strive for every angle we have, including requests from the [national] stock. We know that testing remains a problem, especially the test collection kits. Although this is getting better. ‘
It prompted POTUS to reply, “A few more fans are coming.”
Currently, New York has by far the most cases in the US.
Wyoming Republican Governor Mark Gordon said he understood “the challenges in New York,” but added, “I think a little bit of offerings heading our way can make us better prepared in the future.
“Good point,” Trump replied. “Thank you very much, Mark. Call me if you have a problem. I’ll get you what you need. ‘
The Times and CBS News reported that one of the participants in the conversation shared the audio shortly after the meeting.
In the call, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Brian Governor Kemp, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy thanked the president for the federal approval of their states.
Much of Trump’s focus has been on the metropolitan states.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TESTED ON CORONAVIRUS
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Tuesday that any American can be tested for coronavirus as long as a doctor approves.
The move appears to expand on earlier criteria needed for testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But how do you determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and when to see a doctor?
We break down everything you need to know to be tested for the virus that has infected more than 120 Americans and killed at least nine.
WHAT ARE THE LATEST GUIDELINES TO BE TESTED?
There are three groups of people the CDC recommends to be tested.
1. People with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath who have had “close contact” with someone who has been confirmed to have coronavirus
2. Patients with symptoms that have traveled to areas affected by the virus in the past 14 days
3. Those with symptoms who need to be hospitalized and no other cause for their illness is found. They don’t need to have a travel history or exposure to another patient
HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM THE PREVIOUS CRITERIA?
When the CDC first started testing, only those with a travel history to China – where the outbreak broke out – or those exposed to a confirmed coronavirus patient were tested.
However, the agency says its test criteria are always “subject to change when additional information becomes available.”
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A TEST?
Health officials strongly advise that anyone who thinks they may be infected should not come to the doctor’s office unannounced in case they expose others to the highly contagious disease.
Instead, the CDC suggests calling your doctor or health care provider right away.
“Your healthcare provider will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19,” the CDC’s website says.
If you are suspected of having the virus, you will most likely be tested in a hospital.
The test takes a smear from the patient’s nostril and throat. If the patient has a wet cough, a sample of sputum (a mixture of saliva and mucus) is also collected.
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO BE TESTED?
There have been multiple reports of people not having access to be tested.
The first batch of test kits sent to the national and local health departments by the CDC was faulty, leading to delays.
Second, the CDC had strict testing criteria, leading to missed diagnoses of people who had contracted the virus through what is known as a community spread, meaning it is unknown how they got infected.
A third reason is that some health departments have not left the decision to test to doctors, as the CDC suggested.
For example, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health initially required doctors to call a hotline to determine whether their patients met the CDC criteria for testing.
Before the test could be taken, it then had to be approved by the State Public Health Lab.
WILL IT BE EASIER TESTED NOW?
Since the CDC’s test failure, several health departments have either received new kits from the federal agency or made them themselves.
In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded its EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) policy to allow more laboratories to apply for approval to test for the virus.
The CDC of which 75,000 test kits are currently available and more are being produced.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Han told reporters on Monday that nearly a million people would be tested By the end of the week.
But figures from the Association of Public Health Laboratories show that probably no more than 100,000 people will be tested by the end of the week.