By NBC News. President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he would activate the National Guard to assist Washington, California and New York, three of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
Those three states have been approved for major disaster declarations as of Sunday night. That status allows the federal government to provide supplies more seamlessly, he said.
Trump said large quantities of masks, respirators, gowns, face shields and other items are due to arrive in the three states within days. He added that he has ordered the government to set up large federal medical stations in each of the states.
Of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Trump said, “The relationship has really been amazing,” adding that he believes the federal government should serve as “sort of a backup for the states.” . . .
States like New York and California have already activated their states’ National Guards. (Read more from “Trump Says He’s Activated National Guard In Numerous States” HERE)
Trump Orders National Guard Into Federalized Status in Three States; They Keep Control, Federal Government Foots Bill as COVID-19 Cases Rise
By Military Times. As the number of coronavirus cases increases in the U.S., President Donald Trump Sunday night ordered National Guard troops in three states to operate under a status that allows them to be managed by state governors, but be paid by the federal government. . .
More states are expected to seek Title 32 status as the need arises, Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Sunday night. . .
Speaking to reporters via a telephone conference, Lengyel again tamped down rumors that the Guard troops will be used to enforce martial law.
“There is no truth to this rumor that people are conspiring, that governors are planning, that anyone is conspiring to use the National Guard, mobilized or not, Title 32 or state, to do military action to enforce shelter in place or quarantines.”
The move is important, said Lengyel, because “governors and adjutant generals know the best use of what’s needed in their states,. This will help with unity of effort and speed of responses.” (Read more from “Trump Orders National Guard Into Federalized Status in Three States; They Keep Control, Federal Government Foots Bill as COVID-19 Cases Rise” HERE)
U.S. Cases Top 32,000 as New York Governor Estimates 40% to 80% of State Will Get Coronavirus
By CNN. At least 400 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in the United States, another grim milestone as the number of US cases topped 32,000 on Sunday.
Almost half of those cases — 15,168 — were in New York state, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday morning that an estimated 40% to 80% of residents could get the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.
“All we’re trying to do is slow the spread, but it will spread. It is that contagious,” he said, adding most people will overcome the illness unless they’re older or have an underlying condition. (Read more from “U.S. Cases Top 32,000 as New York Governor Estimates 40% to 80% of State Will Get Coronavirus” HERE)
Here are the numbers, worldwide, as of March 22, 2020, at 3:30 a.m. EST: