White House Press Conference 3/13

March 14, 2020

President Donald Trump has declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national emergency. The declaration:

  • Makes available up to $50 billion in federal disaster aid
  • Waives interest on student loans held by government agencies
  • Waives rules limiting the number of beds and length of stay in hospitals
  • Makes telehealth more easily accessible, providing care in ways that will not require patients to come into a doctor’s office
  • Allows hospitals to bring additional physicians on board

Trump also announced plans to partner with pharmaceutical and retail companies to set up drive-thru coronavirus test sites.

Source: USA Today