Reopening America, one step at a time!
President Trump announced two weeks ago that America had turned a corner in its war on the Coronavirus. “The battle continues,” he said, “but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases.”
The next day, he unveiled guidelines for states to begin safely reopening our country.
At least 25 states have released formal reopening plans or criteria as of April 24. The rest have announced that such guidelines are forthcoming. President Trump’s three-phased approach calls for governors to evaluate specific data around new cases, covid-like symptoms, and hospital capacity in their areas before deciding how to proceed.
The federal government has all hands on deck to help. On Monday, President Trump released a Testing Blueprint to assist states in implementing expanded testing and rapid response programs. This week, the President has already met with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards about reopening their states.
“What a job they’ve done,” President Trump said of Louisiana’s efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
“We’ve obviously turned the corner in Louisiana—we’re in a much, much better place than we thought was even possible five or six weeks ago,” Gov. Edwards said. “That’s because of our local partners and our Federal partners and hard work.”
The Governor thanked President Trump for his Administration’s response. “The field medical stations you provided, the Navy medical personnel that you sent to Louisiana, the testing that we had early was the key. And that has informed our testing strategy going forward,” he said.
Other states are working hard to get Americans back to work, too. In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock announced a phased reopening plan last week that reflects President Trump’s criteria, including a multi-week decline in positive COVID-19 cases.
“The data is on our side, and President Trump has created a pathway to safely open up our country,” Senior Advisor Jared Kushner told Fox News today.