A federal medical station is set up at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Monday, March 30, 2020, to accommodate an influx in hospital patients due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
UPDATED 6:46 AM PT — Tuesday, March 31, 2020
President Trump has approved major disaster declarations for Pennsylvania and Rhode Island as the states struggle to stop the spread of coronavirus. He approved the declarations Monday, which makes federal funding available at the state, county and local levels to help residents during the outbreak.
Officials have said the funding will go to local governments and non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures. This includes disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, community disaster loans and much more.
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off a train from New York as it arrives Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Westerly, R.I. States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, and some say at least one state’s measures are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Meanwhile, New Jersey is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as the White House works to boost testing nationwide.
During a recent press conference, state Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said more than 3,300 infections were reported Monday. The new data brought the total number to 16,000. More than three dozen new deaths were also confirmed, which brought that total to nearly 200.
Gov. Murphy urged people to obey social distancing guideline to prevent the virus from spreading. A model constructed by state health officials has predicted the number of COVID-19 cases will double in the next week if people ignore warnings from experts.