A dozen states across the U.S. are implementing “lockdown” or “stay at home” orders to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus known as covid-19.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide has swelled to over 300,000 with 14,000 deaths while the United States’ has grown to over 33,000 with 452 deaths.
The virus’ continued spread has pushed U.S. authorities to implement even stricter rules for the public in the states hardest hit by covid-19.
A “stay at home” order is an executive action taken by the Governor of a state to mandate that residents remain in their homes, except for basic necessities, during a health crisis.
The following twelve states are ordering citizens to self-isolate:
- New York
- New Jersey
Obviously, these are unprecedented actions under unprecedented circumstances but there is some good news – as testing increases, the mortality rate in the U.S. continues to fall.
President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force held their daily press briefing Sunday afternoon, announcing the activation of the National Guard to the three states that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic – New York, California, and Washington State.
The President explained that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover the cost of the activation so as to free up state resources to continue fighting the pandemic.
Fortunately, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence both tested negative for the coronavirus. Unfortunately, U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced Sunday that he has tested positive for covid-19.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats blocked a third coronavirus relief bill that has been touted by Republicans for placing an average of $3,000 in the hands of the American family.
President Trump detailed the disbursement of medical supplies to the hardest-hit states from the national strategic stockpile and said that he is “excited” about the start of covid-19 vaccine trials on Tuesday.