(TargetLiberty.org) – COVID-19 continued its assault on America this past weekend. As of April 6, the number of people who have tested positive for the virus is nearly 350,000. As terrible as that is, the country did get some good news; a US congressman is finally fully recovered after testing positive in March.
In other news, lawmakers are trying to decide if a fourth stimulus package is necessary to help the economy. States are making strides to keep the virus under control, too. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) owned up to his mistakes over the weekend and told his state how they were going to move forward.
First Congressman Recovers
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) has made a full recovery from the coronavirus. The Republican was the first member of Congress to test positive for the illness. He let his constituents know he was better in a tweet and said he’ll be donating his plasma to hopefully help others.
Today, after being deemed #COVID19 free by my doctor, I was able to reunite with my family in Miami. Though still a bit weak, I feel well, & I applied to participate in the @RedCross plasma donation to help those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) April 5, 2020
Last week, the FDA began an experimental therapy involving plasma that could help the seriously ill recover. Scientists say the blood of someone who recovered is rich with antibodies. Doctors will give the plasma to patients who are fighting the virus in the hope that it will boost their immunity.
Based on prior experience with respiratory viruses & on data from China, convalescent plasma – the plasma from the blood of recovered #COVID19 patients – may potentially lessen severity or shorten the illness caused by #COVID19. https://t.co/JAjUEBSy6c pic.twitter.com/HCmqGfDrYy
— Dr. Stephen M. Hahn (@SteveFDA) April 4, 2020
Mixed Messages Around Latest Stimulus Bill
With the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill working its way into the economy, not everyone is certain about its long-term efficacy. On one hand, it provides a great deal of support to all sectors of America and the US economy. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are clashing over a new bill.
The Republican senator says Pelosi is trying to use the pandemic to push through whatever she wants. He isn’t going to allow that.
As for the last stimulus bill, James Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis told CBS’ “Face The Nation,” it’s working. However, some states are still strapped for cash.
States like Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Rhode Island are reallocating some funding they received towards combating the virus. For example, election security provisions were given to states to help secure the November elections. This funding was among the resources tapped into and redirected towards virus-related causes.
According to Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, the US election system is “geared towards a precinct-based voting majority,” but they’re going to have to centralize it.
It’s clear that the virus is impacting the 2020 elections in an unprecedented way. Hopefully, these kinds of decisions made at the state level can be justified if our electoral systems remain safeguarded from foreign threats.
California Governor Owns Up to His Mistakes
As of Monday morning, over 15,000 Californians tested positive for COVID-19. The state ranks 39 in terms of per capita testing; the low rate is alarming considering they’re the most populated state in the nation. On April 4, Governor Gavin Newsom admitted that testing has been a struggle in his state and took responsibility saying, “I own that.”
The state has massive testing backlogs. Originally, about 60,000 tests were waiting but now it’s at roughly 13,000. Some of those samples were sitting around for nearly two weeks before being tested. However, the governor is taking some steps to address these kinds of issues from happening in the future.
Gavin also announced a new website that allows companies and manufacturers to provide supplies to the state. UC Davis and UC San Diego also have partnerships with the program. The California governor hopes to create between five and seven new testing hubs, which could increase testing rates across the state by a factor of five. These hubs would take a few weeks to fully kick into gear.
The next 7 to 14 days are going to be very difficult for Americans. Everyone should take steps to keep themselves safe. Remember, don’t leave your house unless you have to. If you absolutely must leave your home, follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.
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