President Trump declared a "national emergency" on due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the action would "open up access to up to $50 billion," which he described as "a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease."
Trump also urged states to set up emergency operation centers immediately.
"This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared at a briefing in Geneva. Coronavirus: COVID-19 Is Now Officially A Pandemic, WHO Says
FROM THE CDC - What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19? Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/ transmission.html
For more Texas information on the COVID-19 virus:
- The Department of State Health Services(DSHS) has detailed and up-to-date information about the impact of COVID-19 in Texas and the State’s response and efforts at:https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Center for Disease Control(CDC) updates about COVID-19 and its impact in the U.S. and beyond is provided at:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- John HopkinsCoronavirus Resource Center Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
CENTRAL TEXAS INFORMATON:
A COVID-19 hotline has been activated to answer questions related to the situation by phone. The phone number is 254-616-3209. Operators are available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The American Cross "STATE OF EMERGENCY" is urging healthy, eligible people to donate blood. The organization said it wanted to prevent blood supply shortages as COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, continues to spread in the U.S. - People interested in donating blood can make appointments by using the Red Cross Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.