As the Corona Virus epidemic spreads, President Donald J.Trump said that FEMA would be picking up the tab for the National Guard deployments in the states of New York, California and Washington, at a press conference at the White House on Sunday.
“Today I’m announcing action to help New York, California, and Washington ensure that the national guard can effectively respond to this crisis. The National guard, these are tremendous people. They’re fully on alert. We’ve signed what we had to sign. And it’s been activated.”
“And through FEMA, the federal government will be funding 100% of the cost of deploying national guard units to carry out approved missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command.”
“We have large quantities of medical equipment and supplies on the way based on all of this to those states including respirators, surgical masks and gowns, face shields, coveralls and gloves with large quantities already delivered to Washington and to New York.”
“In addition to large quantities of supplies, I’ve also directed FEMA to supply the following, four large federal medical stations with 1000 beds for New York, eight large federal medical stations with 2000 beds for California, and three large federal medical stations and four small federal medical stations with 1000 beds for the state of Washington.”
“The supplies en route to California and New York will be delivered within the next 48 hours. In addition, the Naval hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, these two ships are incredible. One on the West coast, one on the East coast, will be deployed to Los Angeles to add emergencies, surge medical capacity, and they have a tremendous capacity. They are really something.”
He also described the role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers being tasked in New York.
“The mission assignment of the US army Corps of engineers to provide support to build out alternate care sites. They’re doing various alternate care sites which have now been designated by New York, four large federal medical stations of 1000 beds. These are very complex places actually with great equipment and great people.”
“Strategic national stockpile order and this is as of a number of days ago, so far delivered to New York and this is the 19th, we had the N95 respirators, 186,416 delivered. We’ve delivered 444,000 O78 surgical masks, many have been delivered since then. Face shields, we’ve delivered 84,560 face shields, surgical gowns 68,944 to New York, coveralls 352, gloves 245,486.”
“Washington. We’ve delivered 369,000 N95 respirators, 507,406 surgical masks. This is as of about three days ago. Face shields 63,788 face shields, surgical gowns 107,850, gloves 240,376 and we have many, many things pending. It’s actually not pending. They’re being fabricated, they’re being made. And they’re moving.”
“Now for Washington, so we have four small federal medical stations 250 beds, and for Washington, state of Washington, we have three large federal medical stations 750 beds. And then you have, as I said, the approval of the Title 32 national guard.”
“State of California, again, to be very precise, we’re going to have the approval of the Title 32 national guard activation.
“We have eight large federal medical stations with over 2000 beds and that’s going to California and then strategic national stack pile order.”
The president also described two examples of the DPA act coming into effect.
“Honeywell, great company, has just announced it will immediately expand its personal protective equipment manufacturing operations in Rhode Island to produce millions of additional N95 masks. They’re very hard to get, they’re actually quite complex, for the U.S. government strategic national stockpile. They’ll be immediately then delivered to the various states. This expansion is already underway and it’s going to provide a lot of jobs for that state, probably around 500.”
“Today, I’m also announcing the launch of a new public private consortium organized by the White House, the Department of Energy, and IBM to unleash the power of American super computing resources to fight the Chinese virus. The following leaders from private industries, academia and government will be contributing. And they’re going to be contributing a lot of different things, but primarily computing resources to help researchers discover new treatments and vaccines. There’ll be working along with NIH and all of the people that are working on this. But tremendous help from IBM, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Department of Energy’s national labor laboratories, the National Science Foundation and NASA. They’re all contributing to this effort. And they’re fully in gear.”
The most mysterious announcement was one where President Trump gave the outcome, but not the details. He began describing operations to evacuate Americans in Peru and Honduras and the described the rescue of a woman with an operation directed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. General Mark Milley, but he was unable to say more.
“We have a couple of other locations that will report to you and we were able to get a young woman released from a certain area who was being a horribly accosted, horribly treated. And we spoke to General Milley. General Milley took care of it. We went in and we got her out. And we’ll report further on that one, but it’s, that was rough stuff. I want to thank General Milley. I want to thank all of the people that were involved and the people that went in to get her. I want to thank you very much.”