President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 6:30 AM PT — Friday, April 3, 2020
President Trump recently spoke to reporters to discuss the White House’s latest efforts in combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During a White House briefing Thursday, the president announced the approval for New York City’s temporary hospital at the Javits Convention Center to treat coronavirus patients. This came after cases in the city continued to rise this week.
“We’re going to be converting that to a COVID-19 hospital, and it’s going to be staffed by the military and by the federal government,” he stated. “And based on the fact that I agreed to that, we had two other facilities that were likewise asking for it, and that would be in Louisiana and also in Dallas…we’ll be doing those.”
Meanwhile, President Trump issued new guidelines for nursing homes as facilities across the country are experiencing devastating outbreaks. For instance, a nursing home in the state of Washington was handed a $600,000 federal fine after at least 37 residents died from the virus.
“Today, we’re further recommending that all nursing home facilities assigned the same staff to care for the same group of residents consistently to minimize any potential spread and we’re also urging facilities to designate separate areas for healthy and sick residents,” he stated. “And this is a practice that we probably will be recommending into the future long after the enemy is gone.”
Members of City Impact, a faith-based organization from Cedar Springs, sing and pray for residents and staff at Metron of Cedar Springs nursing home, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Cedar Springs, Mich. Administrators at Metron announced the nursing home has multiple residents and staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
The president also went on to tout a $350 billion program to help small businesses. He announced the roll-out of forgivable business loans covered under the recently passed relief package.
Although partial repayment is necessary if the employer cuts jobs, reports say the loan money used to pay salaries can be completely forgiven. Additionally, money used for rent mortgage interest, and utilities can be partially forgiven.