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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/28/20)

Before I start today’s notes, I want to speak a little bit about my life before COVID-19. As I state in the about me section of this website, before this virus came along I was a freelance experiential marketer.

You might be wondering, what does that mean? Experiential marketing basically refers to any sort of marketing that’s done face to face with other people. I think the most easily recognizable example of experiential marketing are auto shows. The people you see standing by the cars, the people who welcome you to the display and answer your questions, do not work directly for the brands they are representing. We work for talent and staffing agencies, and most of us have represented hundreds, if not thousands, of brands at conventions and promotional tours all across the country. I personally have worked events in about 25 states, but several of my colleagues have made it fairly close to all 50.

One thing that I love about my job, is that it allows me to continuously connect with other humans on a personal level, from all walks of life. I see the very best, and the very worst, of people all the time throughout my daily interactions. I am used to dealing with large crowds, with calming people’s anxiety over uncontrollable things like wait times, or calming people’s decision making fears. And through my adjacent experience with event production, I have also become accustomed to learning to adapt to changing circumstances quickly.

But, all of my life experience and coping skills are geared towards managing being surrounded by other people. This situation presents me with a completely different sort of challenge. This situation has forced me to manage myself. I am the one one who needs calming now, and there is no one here to redirect my energy and renew my spirits when I fall short. I live alone in The Bronx. It’s just me and my cat, in a one bedroom apartment, staring out the window at the unknown. Gone are the tours across the country, the conventions, and the film festivals. Rather than waking up everyday ready to use my energy to make people smile, I wake up everyday praying that no one I know dies.

I’m telling you this because I want you to have some context for why these press conferences and updates are so important to me. If you are reading this from outside of New York City, you might not yet understand the impact this crisis has had on our culture and our way of life. It might seem far removed for you, wherever you are. As someone who lives in the current epicenter of this pandemic, I want you to understand the reality on the ground. I want you to understand that your city could be next. And, most importantly of all, I would like to use my skills to connect with you all as a human being once more.

Thank you for allowing me this platform, everyone. On to the notes!

ANDREW CUOMO

  • The situation manifests itself in many different ways, through economic anxiety, fear of isolation, panic from misinformation, etc. If you feel lost or disoriented, it’s not you. It’s everyone, and it’s everywhere.
  • Today is Saturday. How many of us knew that? I am in the same position Cuomo’s in. All of the days now feel the same to me. I’m sure many of you can relate.
  • The state of New York had our first COVID-19 case 27 days ago. Please stop and reflect on that. Our entire existence here in New York was completely derailed in less than a month.
  • New York schools closed only 10 days ago.
  • The first school closures in New Rochelle during the first major outbreak happened 18 days ago.
  • The overall shutdown on non essential workers was only 8 days ago. He says it feels like a lifetime ago, and I agree.
  • How long will this go on? Let’s look at some other countries to try to gain some perspective.
  • China had their first test case 12 weeks ago.
  • South Korea had their first test case 9 weeks ago.
  • Italy had their first test case 8 weeks ago.
  • NOTE FROM ME: He didn’t talk about this, but I would like to give you all some added context myself. China locked down the entire province of Hubei on January 23rd. The city of Wuhan just lifted some of the lockdown requirements today, Saturday March 28th. This means that they were in lockdown for slightly more than two months. Italy fully locked down on March 9th (although some cities were on lockdown before the national decision), and they are still locked down. Also, for those keeping score at home, it looks like Italy suspended travel to China before the US did, contrary to what Cheetolini keeps saying. South Korea didn’t have to lockdown, because they handled this better than us from jump.
  • Every emergency situation is unique.
  • During Superstorm Sandy, we needed 1,000 portable generators and 700 miles of sandbags. So, there is always something unique to every crisis. In this case, we need ventilators.
  • Once again, the average patient who needs a ventilator with a normal respiratory issue will need a ventilator for 3 – 4 days. A COVID-19 patient may need one for up to 20 days, which increases the problem of scarcity.
  • He believes the president was right to invoke the defense production act.
  • As governor, he consults with all the experts about all of the possible scenarios in this situation.
  • What if we don’t have ventilators? Then we use bag valve masks.
  • What is a bag valve mask? It’s basically a manual ventilator that someone has to squeeze by hand.
  • They are buying these masks as well. They have about 3,000 already, and they have ordered an additional 4,000.
  • They are talking about training national guard people to operate these masks, although it would be a desperate last resort move since it requires so much manpower to operate.
  • In short, he says his preferred answer to using these would be “No, thank you”. But, we have them.
  • Do we really need 30,000 ventilators? Well, let’s look at the numbers one more time.
  • The projected numbers say yes. The numbers suggest that at the apex of our curve, we will need 140,000 beds and 30,000 ventilators. Period.
  • He says maybe we will get lucky and flatten the curve enough not to need these numbers, but we’re not running this show on maybes.
  • Ventilators cost about $25k – 45k each. (!!!!)
  • The state is buying most of the ventilators, and we are already in a terrible financial position. So, to be clear, we are not trying to inflate these numbers. The state has no interest in asking for more than we need.
  • When they started buying ventilators, the price was averaging 25k each. It was shot up to $45k each because of demand.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Wow. That is really sad. Shame on all of these companies for taking advantage of this crisis. I understand that there is a price tag that comes along with increased, accelerated production, but this is absurd. I don’t know how some people sleep at night.
  • The government sent 4,000 ventilators. Why aren’t we using them? You know what, he answered this question civilly. But, I’m not going to. WTF, do people not understand how preparation works??? Some of this country has never planned for a damn thing in their lives, and it shows. This is why so many Americans get suckered into things like joining pyramid schemes and voting for Donald Trump! Some people have no foresight whatsoever! So, in short, we aren’t using them yet because we don’t need them yet. But, we definitely will need them IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
  • Ok, so in his much calmer words; “because we are preparing and stockpiling for the Apex.” and because “we want to have what we need when we need it.”
  • He quotes an old expression: “You go to war with what you have, not with what you need.” but adds, until you go to war you should prepare!
  • “Our mission is to be ready for the apex.”
  • The apex is still forecasted to happen in 14 – 21 days.
  • That number can always change.
  • In the short term, we are ok in terms of PPE. We are working on addressing long term needs.
  • The CDC has decided to enact crisis guidelines for PPE, which means using less PPE than would normally be used in a hospital. Many doctors and nurses are concerned about this. The state is looking into this. If the state doctors feel the CDC guidelines are not protecting our medical staff properly, the state will change the guidelines for our healthcare professionals.
  • We now have 72,000 medically trained volunteers ready to help us in New York.
  • He says we need regional hospitals to change their orientation. Rather than our traditional model where every hospital operates on their own, we need hospitals to work together (both public and private) and shift resources and patients when one hospital is overwhelmed. The state department of health not only advises this, but now mandates this.
  • There may come a point where the state steps in and allocates where patients need to go. This means patients who can safely be moved from downstate to upstate may be moved by the state if hospitals in long island, or the new york city metro area become too overwhelmed to handle their patient load.
  • He is asking the major pharmacy chains to start doing home delivery services, free of charge.
  • The department of health is monitoring the density and activity in New York City parks, specifically on the playgrounds. They put plans in place to allow people places to go while still maintaining social distancing. If people do not comply with the 6 ft separation rules, the playgrounds will be closed.
  • He pleads with the people, especially the young people, of New York City to take this seriously.
  • NOTE FROM ME: I personally have just been staying inside since the lockdown started, but I can understand why some people feel the need to go to the parks. That said, if you’re going to go, DON’T RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE BY BEING STUPID. A lot of people are about to have our only opportunity for fresh air taken away simply because some of y’all refuse to follow directions. STAY SIX FEET AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER AND STOP BEING JACKHOLES. Yes, this rant includes your children!
  • We are doing tests on Hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax.
  • So far, 1,100 tests have been administered.
  • These tests have mainly been happening in New York City, and we will be hearing the results of those tests soon.
  • The emergency hospital at the Javits Center will open on Monday. Wow.
  • The USNS Comfort leaves for New York today. It will arrive on Monday as well.
  • The USNS Comfort is bringing us 1,000 beds, 1,200 medical personnel, 12 Operating rooms, a pharmacy, and a lab. The medical personnel will be the most needed resource of all.
  • The ship will be used to backfill some of the overflow from the hospitals.
  • He says he spoke to the president this morning, and he approved the four new hospital sites.
  • He apologizes for being late for today’s conference because of that call, which I have to point out because it’s such a huge contrast to Trump. Trump declares a different time for his press conference every day and then is CONSISTENTLY late for the time that he himself picked! Now I know some of you who know me well will laugh at the idea of me getting on anyone else for being late. But, I’m not the president of The United States Of America!
  • The four new hospital locations will once again be: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, CUNY Staten Island, and The New York Expo Center in The Bronx.
  • He toured these sites yesterday, and he says they are appropriate for our needs.
  • He says that it was very important to him that every borough gets a field hospital, and that we are treated equally.
  • NOTE FROM ME: As a long time resident of the city’s most neglected borough, The Bronx, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate him for doing this. If you could see the difference in how Manhattan and the wealthy parts of Brooklyn are treated by the MTA in normal life, versus how we are treated up here, you would know why this declaration matters to me. I know there will always be an element of “the haves and the have nots” in how people are treated in a crisis, but it makes me feel better to know that equal treatment of the boroughs is at least on his radar. I’m sure the people of Staten Island also appreciate this, as I heard a few days ago that their hospitals were nearing capacity and they have the hardest time getting to another borough.
  • They are adding to their bed capacity as well at three new sites, giving us a total of 695 new beds.
  • The three new sites are South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island (260 beds), Westchester Square in The Bronx (200 beds), and Health Alliance (formerly Benedictine Hospital) in Ulster County (235 beds).
  • They are also shifting to having COVID only sites, with 600+ beds available in total.
  • The COVID only locations will be South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in The Bronx, and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn.
  • The New York State Department of Health has gotten approval from the test to start trying a new test, which is an antibody test to see if individuals were in fact previously infected with the COVID virus and now have immunity.
  • New York State’s primary election was scheduled to happen on April 28th. He does not think it’s wise to bring so many people to vote during this crisis, so the New York State primary election is now moved to coincide with the previously scheduled state legislative and congressional election on June 23rd.
  • The state tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15th, which is the same day as the new federal deadline.
  • So far, New York state has tested 155,934 people in total. 17,412 of those tests are new tests since the last press conference.
  • 65,902 people in total have been tested in New York City. 7,948 of those tests are new since the last press conference.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York State had 52,318 positive cases. 7,681 of those cases are new since the last press conference.
  • At the time of the press conference, New York City had 29,766 positive cases. 4,368 of those cases are new cases since the last press conference.
  • We currently have 7,328 people hospitalized in New York State.
  • We currently have 1,755 ICU patients in New York State (someone requiring a ventilator).
  • And 2,726 patients have been discharged. That’s 681 more than yesterday.
  • We are still the most impacted state. The second most impacted state is our dear neighbor, New Jersey, at 8,825 cases. The third most impacted state is California, where I have family and many friends, coming in at 4,914. Washington, where I also have friends (and incidentally I have a lot of coworkers, one of whom exposed me to the virus at PAX East), is fourth most impacted at 3,770. Coming in at number five, is Michigan with 3,651. I was born in Michigan, and I lived there until I was 17. My parents are in Michigan. My grandmother is in Michigan. Many of my friends are in Michigan. I’m praying for all of us.
  • We have had 728 deaths so far in New York State. This number is up from 519 yesterday.
  • Rounding out the other top five most impacted states: New Jersey has had 108 deaths, California has had 102 deaths, Washington has had 177 deaths, and Michigan has had 93 deaths so far.
  • People have complained that New York has been asking for more resources than other states, and that is true. But, if you look at the numbers, it’s pretty easy to understand why we are asking.
  • If you’re looking for good news, there were only 172 people admitted to the ICU yesterday. This is down from 374 the day before. This is the lowest this number has been in four days.
  • The number of hospitalizations also dropped a bit yesterday. 847 people were admitted to the hospital yesterday, versus 1,154 the day before.
  • Don’t put too much stock in the numbers for any one day, but these last two numbers are a good thing.
  • “Yes, death is inevitable for all of us. But, just not today.”
  • WHAT DO WE SAY TO THE GOD OF DEATH, Y’ALL??? NOT TODAY! 🙂
  • Wash your hands and stop touching each other, you heathens.
  • Rule one in any situation is to plan forward. Be proactive, not reactive. We’ve been behind this virus since day one. He says we have been reacting to the virus, but you don’t win being on the defense. We need to find ways to be on the offense.
  • QUOTE: “That’s what we’re doing with the Apex preparation. We don’t have that crisis today. We could have that crisis in 14 to 21 days. So, YES, I’m creating a stockpile TODAY for a possible reality 14 to 21 days from now. I’m not going to wait for day 13 to say ‘oh my gosh, we need 30,000 ventilators’. It’s over. So, get ahead of it.”
  • CONT. QUOTE: “But, beyond just New York, as a nation, we have to start to get ahead of this, in two areas specifically. On purchasing, you can’t have a situation where 50 states are competing with each other to buy the same material. That is what is happening now. When I showed you the price of ventilators went from $25k to $45k, why? Because we bid $25k, and California says ‘I’ll give you $30k, and Illinois says ‘I’ll give you $35k, Florida says ‘I’ll give you $40k’. We’re literally bidding up the prices ourselves.”
  • CONT. QUOTE: “Now, every state… no ones doing anything wrong. I’m here to protect New York. That’s what I get paid to do. I have to acquire the ventilators. I have to pay whatever I have to pay to acquire the ventilators. I don’t mean to take them from other states. But, when you have a system where you say to the states ‘Ok, you go out and buy what you need to buy’, we all need to buy the same thing. We all need to buy PPE. We all need to buy N95 masks. We all need to buy ventilators. So, we’re all shopping the same distributors, the same group, and it’s not even legally price gouging. I was attorney general. I don’t even think you could get a price gouging case! This is just private market competition. My daughter Cara is working on the purchasing team. They change the prices, you can see the prices going up literally during the course of the day.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: He says the federal government should organize this, or “the states among themselves”. I think that last one is the more realistic solution. Trump is obviously showing favoritism to certain states, and his cruelty will end up getting people killed. I think all of the blue states, and any sensible red states that would like to join, should band together and form a buying coalition and do take care of this problem ourselves. We already know Trump has told providers not to send anything to Michigan, and he made it pretty clear yesterday that he has no real intention of sending more Ventilators to New York. I realize what I’m saying here is like asking for a civil war, but this is literally a matter of life and death. In my opinion, we can’t afford to wait for Trump to act like a real leader here.
  • QUOTE: “And then, by the way, when the federal government goes out to buy the same equipment for their stockpile, now it’s 50 states competing up against the states AND the federal government competing against the states!”
  • He says we need a nationwide buying consortium, and clearly I AGREE. He suggests basically exactly what I just suggested (minus the blue and red arguments and civil war lol), and says he will bring this up among the other state governors.
  • He says the second thing we need to do is plan forward on testing. We need more tests, and we need faster results.
  • He says we need to open the market to tests from other countries, and that a 5 day waiting period for test results is too long. That’s five days that someone could go out and infect someone else.
  • He says the only way to open up our economy quickly is to invest in millions of tests, and begin testing to see who has the antibody already and can safely return to work.
  • “Remember this is a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
  • “We must do our part and we must adjust.”
  • “We must look for the silver lining.”
  • “You have the advantage of time here” and I agree with him about this. He says that the time he now has to stay at home and talk to his daughters is priceless, and that we may never have it again. He is right about this. While we are in lockdown mode, take this time to appreciate what you have and work on things you never had time for before. Watch a movie, read a book, start a blog… 🙂
  • “This will be over, and we will be better for it.”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Trump is apparently considering a quarantine of the tristate area. He also said that he had spoken with you about this. What do you have to say about that?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “I spoke to the president about the ship coming up, and the four sites. I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine.”
  • QUESTION: He hasn’t spoken to you about a quarantine? Have you had any indication that a quarantine is possible for New York?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE “No, I haven’t had those conversations. I don’t even know what that means.”
  • QUESTION: Mayor De Blasio said yesterday that April 5th is the day that New York City is expecting some sort of Apex. What can they do to prepare for that, given that at this point we only have a couple thousand extra hospital beds?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE: “April 5th? Well, uh look… all of the projections on the apex are just that, projections. April 5th is earlier than our state projection. So Dr. Zucker will get with the local health commissioner there to have that conversation.” He goes on to say that we can shift patients from New York City upstate if need be.
  • QUESTION: The president said he’s looking at some sort of enforceable quarantine for New York, and parts of the tristate area. Is that a sound policy from your perspective, or would you advise against it?
  • CUOMO: QUOTE: “I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view I don’t know what you would be accomplishing. But, I can tell you this, I don’t even like the sound of it, not even understanding what it is. I don’t like the sounds of it.”
  • QUESTION: There are people in New Rochelle who have been quarantined for 24 – 25 days. There’s some confusion about the guidance that says you have to wait a certain number of days without being symptomatic, or whether you should have to pass a second test to be let out of quarantine. What is the state’s guidance on that?
  • DR. ZUCKER: That quarantine has been lifted there. For those that have been positive for 7 – 10 days, if they don’t have symptoms for 72 hours they are considered cleared.
  • QUESTION: What’s your reaction to the governor of Rhode Island stopping people with New York plates and attempting to keep them out of her state?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know any details about that. Take everything with a grain of salt.
  • QUESTION: Did you have a call with the other governors in the tristate area this morning?
  • CUOMO: No.
  • QUESTION: Are you getting any reports of false positive tests?
  • DR. ZUCKER: No.
  • QUESTION: Are you changing any requirements to unemployment? Or at least any in person activities?
  • ROBERT MUJICA: For now, no. But, the in person requirements can now be done online or by phone.
  • QUESTION: Some people are upset by what appear to be cuts in the public hospital system during this crisis. Can you comment on that?
  • CUOMO: The hospitals are receiving more funding than any other area right now. They’re getting $100 billion nationally. QUOTE: “look, we have no money. Life is options. That state has no money. But, if you’re getting… the federal bill has $100 billion for hospitals for coronavirus expenses. They are doing better than anyone else.”
  • QUESTION: How are you handling partners being in the room for births right now?
  • MELISSA DEROSA: We had issued a ruling that partners should be allowed in for births, and some hospitals were ignoring that. We updated that guidance to make it a directive, and it will be reinforced again as an executive order. Hospitals should allow one person in for the birth in addition to the mother.
  • QUESTION: Do you intend on drawing away any of the money intended for hospitals for the state?
  • CUOMO: The way they wrote the law, we can’t.
  • QUESTION: Yesterday you said you need 40,000 ventilators, today it was 30,000. Why the change?
  • CUOMO: It’s because we acquired some already.
  • QUESTION: Has anyone contacted you to dispute being on or off the essential workers list? And if so, what was the result?
  • CUOMO: Nope.
  • QUESTION: (paraphrasing what I feel was the intent of this question) De Blasio’s been releasing people from jail over in New York City like it’s the last day of school, do you have plans to follow suit?
  • CUOMO: We are looking at that now.
  • QUESTION: Have you thought about what sort of statistics you would need to see on the backend of the apex before you start easing up on lockdown restrictions?
  • CUOMO: No. We’re focused on the apex.
  • QUESTION: Will you consider raising taxes on the wealthy?
  • CUOMO: I don’t know how you raise taxes on people who are out of work, and their businesses are closed.
  • QUESTION: Do you have a reaction to the loss of another nurse?
  • CUOMO: He says he is not shocked, because they are doing a very dangerous job. He says our first responders are truly extraordinary, and that they are heroes. He says he is in awe of them. He says thank god for those people, and that he is sorry for their loss.

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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/27/20)

Boy, tonight was a wild ride. Hang on to your seats, everyone! This is the longest recap so far!

Tonight’s participants are Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, Peter Navarro, Sonny Perdue, Betsy Devos, Some CEO guys, and the one sheet.

TRUMP

  • This is a “brutal pandemic, 150 countries affected”.
  • Millions of pieces of equipment have been delivered.
  • QUOTE: “We’ve had millions of pieces purchased and delivered, and we’ve made it available to the states. And the governors have been very gracious, for the most part, I would say. There’s a couple who aren’t appreciative of the incredible job… they have to do a better job themselves, that’s part of the problem.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: IF THIS YEAR DOESN’T END WITH ANDREW CUOMO PUNCHING THIS ORANGE PIECE OF SHIT RIGHT IN THE FACE, I WANT A REFUND!!!
  • QUOTE: “Governor Cuomo’s been very nice.” *eye roll from me*
  • He says no one else has ever made “portable hospitals”.
  • This afternoon, he used the Defense Production Act to force General Motors to create ventilators. He says this will show companies that they are serious about invoking this right.
  • NOTE FROM ME: But hold up, y’all… hasn’t this tangerine been telling us that this was already a done deal all week? Hmmm…
  • QUOTE: “We thought that we had a deal with, as an example, General Motors, and I guess they thought otherwise. They didn’t agree. But, now they do. They do agree, and I think we might be able to pull it… but we let them know the way we felt, and they can’t be doing that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: People are going to use this as an excuse to shit on Detroit (my birth place) for years to come. Speaking from my experience on promo tours, people love to bring up the auto company bailouts as an excuse to drag Detroit. This will be more of the same. Way to bring shame to the city, GM! Ugh… But, just to let you know real quick, Detroit is about to get hit hard by this too, and I will not tolerate any slander against the people of my other hometown. It’s not Detroit’s fault that GM made this call. So, to redirect your focus back to the real problem here, Trump basically just admitted he’s been lying ALL WEEK.
  • Peter Navarro will now serve as the national defense production act policy coordinator. Trump says this position will now be more important than it’s ever been in this country. Can I get a fact check on whether this has been a position at all since the last time this act was invoked?

PETER NAVARRO

  • We are engaged in the most significant industrial mobilization since World War 2.
  • We have a “war time president fighting an invisible enemy”.
  • We need ventilators to continue this fight, and we need industrialization to do that.
  • He says we need to move in “TRUMP TIME” and honestly I’m gonna vomit. Trump time? TRUMP TIME?!? After he dragged his feet on declaring a national emergency and has left New York out here on our own to go broke? TRUMP TIME!??! *throws chancla at screen*
  • He says the two companies that they had a problem with were GM and Ventec.
  •  He says that Ford was “doing it’s duty patriotically” (Small redemption for Detroit here, I hope people see it!) and working as fast as possible.
  • He says GM threw up roadblocks, and so they had to invoke the act.

THE RETURN OF TANG TOUPEE

  • They are working to sign contracts with other major ventilator companies.
  • They are removing certain regulations in order to make this process faster.
  • There are normally about 29,000 produced in the US each year, but within the next year we will be making over 100,000 additional units.
  • Thousands have gone to New York, and he says “they didn’t know they got them.” Interpret that however you will.
  • His favorite company, Boeing, will be making face shields.
  • Boeing has loaned us a very large plane called “THE DREAM LIFTER”. It’s the largest plane in the world. And he’s brought a picture of it, which means we now have something to rival Pence’s one sheet on stage!
  • Boeing is giving us three additional planes to help deliver supplies.
  • This afternoon, he also signed the new relief bill into law.
  • They are still working on vaccines and therapeutics.
  • Apple has now provided us with a Coronavirus app! Great.
  • He repeats how great it is that we have done so many tests, and I almost feel like his proclivity for bragging about large numbers almost has him tempted to say we have the most cases in the world like it’s a good thing. U-S-A! U-S-A!
  • Boris Johnson is positive.
  • The UK and Italy have asked for ventilators for their countries, according to Trump, and he says we’re going to help them. Far be it from me to deny anyone aid, but he’s planning on helping Europe when he won’t even properly help New York? Whaaaaaaat?

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: What was the issue with GM?
  • TRUMP: It got to be a debate about costs. He says “I wasn’t happy where General Motors built plants at other locations over the years, not so much during my term, but they built a lot of plants in other countries, I won’t name the countries… but you can imagine, and so I didn’t go into it with a very favorable view. I was extremely unhappy with lordstown, Ohio, where they left in the middle of an auto boom because we had 17 car companies coming in and then they were leaving one plant in Ohio. I love Ohio, and uh that becomes the story. Not that all those plants are moving in, but that you had one plant that was leaving. And uh frankly, I think that would be a good place to build the ventilators. But, we’ll see. We’ll see how that all works out. But, uh… So, I wasn’t too thrilled. And then I thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators, but then all of a sudden it became 6, and then price became a big object. But, Peter Navarro is gonna handle that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: First of all, damn… if you work for GM, this is going to be a really tough year. This is terrible PR. But, if you read between the lines here, it sort of sounds like Trump decided to make an example out of GM because something they did caused HIM to have bad press. Note that he says one plant closing became the focus of stories. What stories? What does that have to do with ventilators? I think there’s more to this story than we’re hearing.
  • QUESTION: Over the last 24 hours several states have issued quarantine orders for travelers coming from other states, and they are intercepting people on highways and at airports. They say this is at the recommendation of your administration. Is that true? And if so why?
  • TRUMP: Tony will speak to that later, but we’re being very strong on quarantine and people not leaving, especially people in certain states going to other states. I mean, you’re hearing constantly about people leaving New York and going down to Florida and obviously New York is a hot spot. I mean, that’s why we’re building all those hospital centers in New York. You have to understand, we’re not playing games.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Read between the lines here… he doesn’t want people from New York infecting Mar A Lago. lol
  • QUESTION: You tweeted about the DPA this morning, and shortly afterwards GM announced their ventilator plans. Why did you feel the need to invoke the DPA after they had already complied?
  • TRUMP: It wasn’t after, it was before and we just were not getting there with GM. “We’re not looking to make a big deal on price. We’re not willing to get ripped off on price.”
  • TRUMP: *Backs up his bus and tosses GM under it*
  • QUESTION: Last night, you said you didn’t think there was a need for 30,000 ventilators in New York. Comment?
  • TRUMP: “I think there’s a great chance that we’re not going to need that many. But, you know what? There are a lot of other people that are gonna need them. We have countries all over the world that are friends of ours, and we will help those countries. We’re in a position to do things that other countries can’t. So, we’re in sort of an interesting position because we can make them. We can make 100,000 pretty quickly. So, we can make them, and if we don’t need them, it’s ok because we can help Italy, the UK, Boris Johnson. We’re not gonna be keeping them.
  • NOTE FROM ME: To quote Cuomo “Sooooooooo…” What does this mean? Is he sending us the ventilators or not? There is a part of me that believes that he will make all these ventilators and sell them to Europe before giving them to New York, because “THE ECONOMY”.
  • QUESTION: Cuomo said he would need 30,000 to 40,000 ventilators based on expert advice, what are you basing your assessment on?
  • TRUMP: Ask Deborah. “I think their estimates are high. They could be high. They could be extremely high.” and “we’re gonna see” and then continues “remember, we sent thousands of ventilators to New York and they didn’t know they got them. Then we send thousands of ventilators to New York, and they got them in a warehouse, a New York warehouse, in Edison, New Jersey, which is an interesting thing, and we sent them to Edison, New Jersey. They were in the warehouse, ready to go and New York never took them. So, they knew they were there. So, we have to get people lined up. And I’m not blaming New York!”
  • NOTE FROM ME: If you have been watching Cuomo’s livestreams, then you know Trump is purposely misrepresenting the facts here. To my knowledge, the federal government has only sent New York 4,500 ventilators. Cuomo has been very clear about the fact that the ventilators are currently in warehouses, waiting to be deployed. I don’t know why this windbag is so shocked that the city of New York is using a storage unit in New Jersey. You try finding an available storage unit that large at the last minute in New York City! I can tell you from experience of having to do it before myself, that it is not that easy! Especially if you aren’t working with a large budget! It’s common practice to store things in New Jersey for later use in New York.
  • QUESTION: You have placed a lot of blame on state governors. Can you be specific about what you think they are doing wrong?
  • TRUMP: “I think we’ve done a great job for the state of Washington, and I think the governor is a failed presidential candidate as you know. He leveled out at zero, uh, in the polls, uh. He’s constantly chirping and, I guess complaining would be a nice way of saying it. We’re building hospitals. We’ve done a good job for the state of Washington. Uh, Michigan, all she does is, she has no idea what’s going on, and all she does is say oh, it’s the federal government’s fault. And we’ve taken such great care of Michigan. You know the care we’ve taken of New Jersey. I think if you act Governor Murphy of New Jersey, how are we doing? I think he’d say great. I think. He’s a democrat. Governor Cuomo has really said we’re really doing a great job, and I saw the news conference where he was thanking the people from FEMA, the people from the army corp of engineers… I mean, we built a hospital like in three and a half days. And it’s a big hospital in the Javits Center. And they’re building medical facilities in different parts of New York, and Governor Cuomo’s been appreciative. But, a couple people aren’t. We have done a hell of a job. The federal government has really stepped up.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Apparently he missed all the times Cuomo said the federal government has failed us throughout his press conferences. Washington, Michigan and New Jersey friends, please weigh in!
  • QUESTION: What more specifically do you want these governors to do?
  • TRUMP: “All I want them to do is, very simple, I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job.”
  • TRUMP: We have the army crops renovating hotels. That should be for the states to do. He goes on to say that the governors are blaming him “for political reasons”, and then he goes on to cry woe is me for several minutes longer.
  • TRUMP: I told Mike Pence “DON’T CALL THE WOMAN IN MICHIGAN” (actual audible gasp from me!) “You know what I say? If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: PLEASE WAKE UP, AMERICA! He is leaving people to die because his ego can’t handle facts!!!!
  • QUESTION: Given that older Americans are advised not to travel, is it absolutely necessary for you to go to Norfolk tomorrow?
  • TRUMP: “No, but I have spirit for the country.”
  • QUESTION: You blamed the previous administration for the lack of supplies for a pandemic, you said “we took over an empty shelf”. You’ve been president for more than three years, why didn’t you and your administration fill that shelf?
  • TRUMP: We did. We did fill it. Twice. And we’ve been distributing it for literally a year. The stock pile has been filled “many, many times”. He claims he “changed the system”.
  • QUESTION: What kind of conversation did you have with the president of China?
  • TRUMP: A great one. We talked about how corona happened, what happened… he then praises himself for closing the borders to China YET AGAIN. “ Data… we call it data”
  • QUESTION: Did he ask you to suspend tariffs?
  • TRUMP: No.
  • QUESTION: Monday will be the end of the 15 days to slow the spread. Do you expect that you will simply renew the guidelines? Or do you expect to make modifications?
  • TRUMP: I’ll be sitting down with Tony and Deborah to think about this on Monday or Tuesday.
  • QUESTION: So for people at home, who are wondering how long are we going to have to live like this, what advice would you give them?
  • TRUMP: We do want to flatten the curve, and we really need to talk about areas that have not been affected. I certainly want to get the country open as soon as possible, but I also want it to open “safe”. “Otherwise, what did we do?”
  • QUESTION: United Airlines believes that there will not be enough aid in the bill for them to keep them from having massive layoffs. What do you think about this?
  • TRUMP: “We have brilliant people, and a tremendous amount of money. We have brilliant people from Wall Street.”
  • QUESTION: There may be an economic conflict between bringing companies back to health and making sure people keep their jobs. Are you going to do anything to intervene in that?
  • TRUMP: No, I think those are the same thing. He claims he is “ok at this stuff”.
  • ME: ASK THE PEOPLE OF ATLANTIC CITY ABOUT THAT!
  • Florida has issued some of the most lax separation rules in the country, yet Florida has a huge population of elderly people. Do you believe the governor is handling this well?
  • TRUMP: I do, because he’s a very talented guy and everyone loves him. He wasn’t happy with the people “flying down from New York”. This MF’er is just going to blame us in New York for everything, isn’t he? SMH.
  • QUESTION: In your letter to the governors, you said they should stop allowing people from high risk areas to travel to low risk areas. How do you expect them to do that?
  • TRUMP: Well, we have some very strong restrictions. We’re going to see.
  • QUESTION: Millions of kids are home, what would you tell the kids watching at home?
  • TRUMP: “I would say that you are a citizen of the greatest country anywhere in the world. And we were attacked, like… nothing that’s happened possibly since 1917 so many years ago. We were attacked. And we’re winning the battle, and we’re going to win the war, and it’s not going to be hopefully that much longer.”
  • TRUMP: He says to let them know that the country was doing GREAT before this.
  • TRUMP: “This thing… maybe it’s a virus… no one knows.”
  • QUESTION: When does the risk become acceptable to go back outside?
  • TRUMP: We’re going to look into that on Monday. He continues by saying that the media has been “very fair” to him and that he’s “not used to fair treatment”. And, yes, all of that is as unrelated to the question as it sounds.
  • QUESTION: New York is currently the epicenter of the crisis. Yesterday, Kellyanne Conway laid a lot of blame for that on the Mayor. I’m wondering if you agree?
  • TRUMP: He says that he does not know De Blasio well, but somehow also “spoken to him a lot”. He says it has been “productive”. He talks about Elmhurst, and vaguely mentions the morgue trucks. But, he says that he likes De Blasio and has been helping him.
  • QUESTION: Are you prepared for the oncoming rush of states that will need help?
  • TRUMP: We are doing a lot. Building hospitals. He says he is getting along well with the governor of California.
  • QUESTION: You and your team have had classified briefings about this virus since January. Did you include the governors in those briefings? When did you warn them?
  • TRUMP: Trump claims he did not have these briefings that long ago, and then he ONCE AGAIN gases off about how he was the first person to close the borders to China. I am not even sure if that is a true statement!
  • QUESTION: On the subject of ventilators, Governor Cuomo says he expects the Apex of his curve to be in 21 days-
  • TRUMP: “Here’s what’s gonna happen, you ready? We’re gonna have more than… we’re manufacturing a lot of them now, we’re accumulating a lot, we’re taking a lot, through the act, we’re taking a lot. We’re actually taking them, and we’re gonna have in a very short period of time, and Peter is doing it along with some very talented people, some really talented people, it’s uh… it’s very impressive, really. But, we’re actually taking a lot. We’re gonna have plenty. And if for some reason, you’re going to need even more, we’re gonna be prepared.”
  • TRANSLATION: “I HAVE ARBITRARILY DECIDED THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.”
  • TRUMP: “I inherited a broken system. It was an empty box,”
  • TRUMP: “What we don’t want, is where we distribute the ventilators in New York and they didn’t need them” Y’all, this man is an idiot and does not understand how this virus works!
  • QUESTION: Do you think you’ll be able to get ventilators to every state?
  • TRUMP: I think we’re in great shape. I think we’ll have more than we need, and we’ll be able to send the ventilators to other countries. He then tells the reporter “don’t be a cutie pie” for asking the question.
  • QUESTION: Do you think there will be a need for a phase of relief bills?
  • TRUMP: It may be something where we’ll have to help states, because some of the states have been hurt very badly. He says the priority is “Life and Safety” and then the economy.
  • QUESTION: The World Health Organization said today that any medicines used to treat COVID-19 should be clinically tested and backed by science, but you have encouraged the use of a malaria drug and said you’re sending it to New York very soon. So, is the WHO wrong on this point?
  • TRUMP: He says that the malaria drug seems to have some good backing. He says they’ve given New York 10,000 units. And it’s phenomenal for malaria! So, they’re testing it. He goes on to say that they should test it on people immediately because “people are already dying”.
  • QUESTION: Do you plan to suspend import tariffs for three months?
  • TRUMP: He says this is fake news, and then goes on to say that the Wall Street Journal publishes “a lot of fake news”.

MIKE PENCE + THE ONE SHEET

  • The task force met again today.
  • All 50 states now have an active case.
  • The epicenter is still New York.
  • *waves the one sheet*
  • Talks about the relief bill.
  • As of this evening, the president has issued major disaster declarations, most recently for Maryland and Missouri.
  • Emory University in Atlanta began enrolling volunteers in a phase 1 clinical trial for another possible vaccine for the virus.
  • Testing for COVID-19 is available in all 50 states.
  • More than 685,000 have already been performed.
  • DOWNLOAD THE NEW CORONA APP FROM APPLE, Y’ALL!
  • Pence says we are airlifting in supplies from countries around the globe, which is funny given how much time Trump just spent saying we were going to airlift them out.
  • If you work at a hospital and are running short on PPE, please alert your hospital administrator. Hospital administrators, please alert your state health director.
  • Tonight the administrator Gainer of FEMA will be speaking to all the hospital administrators in America to talk about the availability of resources, and to encourage everyone to have a logistical supply line from the national guard.

BETSY DEVOS

  • She wants everyone to know that President Trump is doing everything he can to keep the children safe and healthy during this crisis. (ignoring the fact that they left New York without the budget needed to fund schools)
  • We must rise to the challenge of educating many children, from many walks of life.
  • She is here to announce a new public/private partnership.
  • But, first she’d like to share some stories about how people are handling this shit show.
  • SPOILER ALERT: Teachers are stepping up and doing more than they are paid to do AS PER USUAL.
  • Trump has taken action to make sure our children don’t need to take standardized tests this year. 47 states have requested this delay in standardized testing, and 46 have been approved in a 24 hour period.
  • They also released additional information making clear the expectation that education will continue for all students. The transition to distance and online learning needs to happen quickly, and it needs to include meaningful instructions and support for children with disabilities.
  • Talks about how people are making this work in all states.
  • They are compiling all of the tools they have produced, along with the great resources that states are offering to help keep learning going. This will be added to their website on an ongoing basis. That website is Ed.gov/coronavirus.
  • They are working on providing funding for students who are in school districts that were shut down. She says she’s always believed that funding should be tied to students, not districts.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I encourage everyone to look up what this woman did with schools of choice in Michigan, and the devastating effect it had on the city of Detroit.
  • She says she will support microgrants for teachers.
  • She talks about how inspiring it’s been to watch our nation’s underpaid teachers struggle to get through this mess.
  • She says they are “continuing to cut federal bureaucracy and allowing schools to rise to this occasion”… which sounds a lot like “we’re continuing to do basically nothing while the states are left to figure this out themselves.”
  • She calls this a “momentary setback” and starts talking about the economy.
  • Federally held student loans will be set at 0% interest rates and can now be deferred for up to 6 months.
  • Says some nice words about keeping up the great work.

SONNY PERDUE

  • They are giving out waivers to make sure that kids continue to be fed.
  • They have been working with food producers to make sure that all of our essential food workers are staying on the job.
  • He says that we do not have any problems with the food supply chain, and calls it an “American success story”.
  • HE COUGHS! *suspicious squirrel face*
  • He introduces our corporate sponsors from PepsiCo and Panera Bread, and they tell some human interest stories about making sure kids get food.
  • Y’all I just have to hit you with a few of the comments on this section of the NPR live feed for the Pepsico guy. “Who is this???” and “When did they make Zach Galifianakis part of the cabinet?” lol
  • Panera cares deeply about children or whatever. In all honesty, I should stop throwing  shade here because 1) I love Panera and 2) this Panera guy is doing more for us than most of Trump’s actual cabinet.

DR. BIRX + HER SCARF

  • Yesterday we talked about making sure that our efforts at social distancing are being reflected in the projected need for ventilators, especially in places like Detroit, Dearborn, Cook County and New Orleans. We know that we will not see those adjustments in the next week, but we hope to see them in future weeks.
  • It’s important that we adopt and adapt distancing methods for our country.
  • There was a question about quarantining New Yorkers, she says, and she just wants to clarify one more time that this was not a request for a mandatory quarantine of all New Yorkers, but rather a warning to make New Yorkers aware that they may be infected even if they travel away from New York City. Personally, I actually do think she looks stressed and annoyed here because that was her intention, but many people took it as a call to brick off New York City and let us die. I don’t think that she meant anything malicious by her original comment, and I think she feels guilty now that people are saying such harsh things about New York. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt here and say she is trying to discourage people from bullying us.
  • We continue to look at the data everyday.

DR. FAUCI

  • Today he had an opportunity to talk to people who are working on the front lines in places like New York.
  • He told them that they are doing an amazing job.
  • Interestingly, he pointedly reminds everyone that he is a member of the task force too, almost as if some of the people on the stage have forgotten that. This could just be me, but I got some definite mean girls vibes here.
  • …and now I’m picturing Dr. Fauci shouting “THE LIMIT DOESN’T EXIST” as he walks off stage. Lol

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: You said that there would soon be a website where we can see all the data you have, are we closer to that? When do you expect to have that up?
  • DR. BIRX: Thank you, we’ve learned that when the community is educated we all do better together. So, it’s important to get that information out. We are still working on getting this data. The bill mandating that commercial labs share their data was passed today, so hopefully we’ll have that soon.
  • QUESTION: What is the testing standard?
  • DR. BIRX: Testing only tells you if you were positive when you tested. You could become positive the next day. We are working on streamlining the testing standards.
  • QUESTION: Sunday will mark one month since our first death from this illness. How has this nation changed since that death?
  • DR. FAUCI: This is truly an unprecedented situation. He says if you look at other illnesses, like AIDS, the death toll has been horrific. But, it was a slow epidemic. It happened over time. This is happening in real time, and no one has seen a situation like this in over 100 years. It’s truly unprecedented.

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Bill De Blasio New York City

Press conference with New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio (3/27/20)

Today I will not be covering the questions at the end of this press conference, because Trump took up so much of my time this evening. Stay tuned for that post, because… WOW. This is also the first time I am putting my recap on this blog first, so hopefully this will help to streamline the formatting a bit better.

BILL DEBLASIO

  • We need more help and more medical personnel, particularly for our public hospitals.
  • He has spoken with Trump.
  • The most crucial day for us is Sunday, April 5th. He says that after this day, he is afraid that we will need more of everything. This is a make or break day that will determine whether or not we can carry on as a city. He says that right now “we are not there”.
  • QUOTE: “Look, I have tried to work with the president and his team. We have to be working in this moment and agree on a common cause. That doesn’t mean that we agree, TO SAY THE LEAST. But I will always say when the white house does something to help us I will be thankful, and I will give credit when due. And when I think they’re missing something, I’ll say that too.”
  • Y’all, please take a second to unpack the shade in that last quote. Lol
  • CONT. OF QUOTE: “But I do think the notion that any, ANY, message is being put forward that this will be over by Easter is just… unfair. It’s not true. It’s not accurate, and it’s gonna mislead people and raise false hope. I have been honest, as I know the facts to be… that April will be tougher than March, and May could even be tougher than April. And if that becomes less true, if things get better, I’ll be the first to say it. But, I don’t want people to think this is gonna be easy when it’s not gonna be. I think people need to be ready for battle, and the hard truth helps people.”
  • There are 25,573 positive cases in New York City.
  • 366 New York City residents have been lost. That is 366 of our neighbors.
  • We have lost a public school principal, a custodian who works at police headquarters, a member or our transportation team, and a member of our city corrections team.
  • He read a list of all the public servants and nurses we have lost, and I cried because this list will only get longer every day.
  • QUOTE: “The human toll is what matters, and for everyone who says it’s about the economy and getting the economy back up, that’s just wrong. It’s about saving lives first. That’s what we believe here in this city.”
  • QUOTE: “I want to remind everyone, you cannot have an economic recovery if our healthcare system isn’t working. You can’t have an economic recovery if hundreds or thousands of people are dying. You can’t have an economic recovery if city governments and state governments are going bankrupt. That’s the reality we’re facing right now.”
  • The stimulus bill was an important step towards recovery, but we “sure as hell need more” if we’re going to keep our state and city running. We are not where we need to be yet.
  • QUOTE: “If that support doesn’t come, then anyone who harbors the illusion that we can have an economic recovery is putting the cart before the horse, to say the least. Recovery only comes when our people are whole, our people are safe, our healthcare system has recovered, our city and state governments are working… when we’re a functioning nation, that’s when we go into recovery.”
  • Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are already unemployed, and they estimate it will be a half a million of us soon.
  • In the great depression, the unemployment levels in New York City hit 25%. We are well on the way to approaching that number here now.
  • If ever there was a time for a rent freeze, “it would be now”. He says we need a rent freeze for everyone who is rent stabilized, and have a conversation about freezing rent for everyone else as well. He says he will be having a conversation with the state about this immediately. (For those of you reading this who do not rent, he is speaking about freezing the mandatory rent increases on lease renewals. This means that if the state approves this measure, no one’s rent will go up in the next year. This does not mean we will not owe rent!)

MEDICAL NEEDS

  • Thank you to the federal government for sending us 2,500 ventilators.
  • HOWEVER, based on all available data, New York City will need 15,000 ventilators. So, folks… we ain’t there yet!
  • Last night, the talking anal wart he have in charge of our country (my words) said that he does not believe New York state will need 30,000 ventilators. Let’s be clear on this, De Blasio agrees with Cuomo. And, although Bill can’t say this in so many words, I can… Trump is wrong as wrong can be, and there is a special place for him in hell!
  • QUOTE: (this quote is prefaced by commentary about the situation in Elmhurst) “I do want to say that the president knows that area, his family coming from Queens, and he made very clear that he’s familiar with Elmhurst hospital and the area around it. I want to keep asking the president to keep Elmhurst hospital in mind, and realize that today it’s Elmhurst hospital in Queens, tomorrow it’s gonna be other hospitals in the city, and soon it’s gonna be hospitals in other parts of the country, and… since he can understand and relate to the borough of Queens, let that be the touchstone. Let that be the example that moves the federal government to maximum effort immediately.”
  • He thanks Trump for using the Defense Production Act to force GM to produce ventilators, and this begs the question… has Trump been lying about GM cooperating for the past few days? I would love it if someone from Detroit (my birth place) could weigh in on this!
  • There have been amazing efforts to make our own PPE at Brooklyn Navy Yard, but he needs more help from the federal government.
  • We have enough PPE to get to April 5th, but we need more PPE to get past that day.
  • As I type, 20 trucks are on the road delivering critical supplies to our hospitals.
  • All help is welcome, from anywhere in the world. If you have any PPE to donate, please call 1-833-NYC-0040. We need help immediately. If you have anything to give, please call.
  • 64 additional clinicians were sent to Elmhurst hospital today. Tomorrow 105 additional nurses will be sent to Elmhurst hospital.
  • The department of health website now has a map of all the hot spots around the city, but he says this information is only telling part of the story because of inconsistent testing procedures.
  • We know that some areas are showing up as hotspots because of their proximity to a hospital. He says that we know this is what’s happening with Elmhurst. People are going there because they know it’s a good hospital.

MOVING ON

  • We will continue to reduce our jail population.
  • By tonight, 450 inmates will have been released during this crisis.
  • He says that the majority of people have been respecting social distancing at our parks. But, the NYPD has been instructed to break up groups, gatherings, crowding and group sports.
  • They will be making a decision this weekend about whether or not they need to start fining people for not respecting the rules. The proposed fines would be up to $500 per incident. This means that if any member of the NYPD or the Parks Enforcement officers tells you to move along and you don’t do it, you will be fined.
  • After tomorrow night, they are going to make a decision about whether or not to keep playgrounds open.
  • Most churches have complied with social distancing. But, a small number of religious communities are still not complying. If you go to church this weekend in a large gathering, you will be broken up by the fire department or the NYPD.
  • Yesterday he was upset to learn that Spectre and THOSE GARBAGE BAGS AT ALTICE were preventing people from getting the internet they need to allow their children to learn at home. He has good news for us. He says he has stepped forward and stopped that practice. GOOD. Altice is THE WORST!
  • Thank you to the 750 clinicians working the phones at the health and hospitals hotline. In the last week, they have taken 23,000 calls. They are addressing people’s concerns about the virus and giving medical advice as to how people should handle their symptoms. In the event that someone needed to go to a hospital, they are also addressing where to go. (I don’t have this number, but I am sure you can get it from 311)
  • His spanish was extra cringe today. I’m white AF, and even I think his accent is hilarious.

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Andrew Cuomo New York City New York State

Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/27/20)

Here are my notes from Cuomo’s press conference today.. LIVE FROM JAVITS!

For those of who are not familiar with the Javits Center, I have attached a before and after photo at the end of this post. The bottom post is from one of the many years I’ve worked New York Comic Con at the convention center, and the top one is how the Javits looks today.

  • The Javits now looks “completely different”, and this was done within just one week! I have to say, this is an extremely surreal thing for me (or I’m sure any promo person) to see!
  • The increase in cases continues. We still see the trajectory going up.
  • We are intruding on people’s lives right now, but we are saving lives because of it.
  • The original mandate on schools was that they would be closed throughout March, and that the state would take another look at the situation on April 1st. However, schools will now remain closed until April 15th.
  • The 180 day requirement is waived for this period. I’m not a parent, so I don’t know what that means. But, whatever it means, that’s extended too.
  • Every school was asked to come up with a plan for distance learning and to continue providing meals for children, and schools will continue providing distance learning tools, as well as meals during this extension.
  • They now believe the apex of our curve will be in 21 days.
  • They are continuing their efforts to expand the hospital capacity and scout new locations for field hospitals.
  • We have 1.2 million N95 masks, with 340,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 20 million. (that makes us 18.5 million short)
  • We have 4.6 million surgical masks, with 860,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 30 million. (that makes us 24.5 million short)
  • We have 1.5 million exam gloves, with 350,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 45 million. (that makes us 43 million short)
  • We have 15,000 hospital gowns, with 145,000 on the way from the federal government. We need 20 million. (that makes us 19.8 million short)
  • We have 3,000 ventilators, with 4,400 on the way from the federal government. We need 30,000. (that makes us 22,600 short)
  • These numbers reflect our projected need at the apex of the curve.
  • We have 53,000 hospital beds. We need 140,000 beds. (this makes us 87,000 short)
  • We have 3,000 ICU beds. We need 40,000 ICU beds. (this makes us 37,000 short)
  • There are four emergency field hospitals being built. They are at The Javits Center, Westchester Center, Stony Brook, and Old Westbury. These will add 4,000 additional beds.
  • They are all coming along, but Javits is the closest to being complete.
  • They are seeking to build four more emergency field hospitals. These will give us another 4,000 beds.
  • The goal is to have one emergency field hospital in every borough, and help everyone equally.
  • IN THE BRONX – New York Expo Center. It is a 90k sq ft site.
  • IN QUEENS – The Aqueduct Race Track. It is a 100k sq ft site.
  • IN BROOKLYN – The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. It is a 182k sq ft space.
  • IN STATEN ISLAND – The College of Staten Island (a CUNY school). It is a 77k sq ft space.
  • This new plan will give us coverage all across the downstate area.
  • The USNS Comfort is on it’s way. It has 1,000 beds, 1,200 medical personnel, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy, and a laboratory.
  • It will arrive on Monday.
  • They are also looking at converting college dorms, hotels, and nursing homes.
  • They are currently focused on the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, and the Brooklyn Center Nursing Home.
  • The plan is for the first wave of field hospitals to be open during the week of 3/30/20 – 4/5/20.
  • A second wave of field locations to be open 4/6/20 – 4/12/20.
  • A third wave of field locations to be open 4/13/20 – 4/19/20.
  • So far, a total of 138,376 have been tested. 16,272 of those tests are new tests.
  • The total number of positives in New York state is now 44,635. The number of new positives in that total is 7,377.
  • The number of deaths is New York is now up to 519, which is up from 385 yesterday.
  • There are currently 6,481 people hospitalized in New York.
  • There are currently 1,583 ICU patients in New York. (+290 from yesterday)
  • 2,045 patients have been discharged so far. (+528 from yesterday)
  • 80% of people who get COVID-19 will self resolve.
  • New York is still the most affected state.
  • The rate at which our cases have been doubling is slowing.
  • There’s no place like New York. Believe that! New York strong!
  • The number of medical personnel that have volunteered has gone up to 62,447. That’s up 10,000 people in one day.
  • We now have 10,999 mental health professionals who volunteered to help in this crisis. That number has gone up by 1,400 in one day.
  • Congratulations to the army corp of engineers for their top shelf work on the Javits Center.
  • Thank you to the Javits Center staff, and to everyone who worked to make this happen.
  • This will not be a short deployment for the national guard and the navy. This will be a rescue mission, and it will take weeks. We are facing an enemy who attacks the weakest among us. It will be difficult.
  • “I promise you, I will not ask you to do anything that I would not do myself, and I will not ask you to go anywhere that I would not go myself” – Cuomo to the national guard.
  • This is a moment that will change this nation.
  • He gave a beautiful speech about how we will remember this day in ten years, but I’m honestly too emotional to watch it enough times to write the whole quote down. Watch the livestream! It happens around the 30 minute mark.
  • “We go out there today, and we kick coronavirus ass!” Yasss!

QUESTIONS

  • Once again, GET A MIC RUNNER! I can’t hear the question!
  • CUOMO: Yes, the ventilators are in a stock pile because they aren’t needed yet. They will be deployed when they are needed. To the second point, maybe we won’t need 30,000 ventilators. But, I don’t operate on opinions. The projections say we could need this. We are following the science and the projections.
  • QUESTION: *white noise*
  • CUOMO: As the numbers continue to increase, you’ll see hospitals hit capacity. You’ll see hospitals over capacity. To be alarmed that hospitals are reaching capacity, Ok well that is why we’re here at Javits.
  • QUESTION: fkgljdjskdjvsdvjs schools.
  • CUOMO: We’ll see what happens with schools, and if the numbers continue to go up we will extend the school closure.
  • QUESTION: ????????
  • CUOMO: To flatten the curve, there’s only two things you can do. Social distancing, and testing with isolation. They believe the social distancing is working to slow the spread.
  • QUESTION: *static*
  • CUOMO: The criteria for a field location is that you need a large open indoor space, with HVAC, with power, with accompanying space where you can set up medical staff, supplies, a staging area… you need a place that is now empty. My strategic decision was one per borough. The four new locations will be sent to the president today for approval.
  • QUESTION: *stares in frustration*
  • CUOMO: The federal government had implied that they would help state governments, and they didn’t. You can’t spend what you don’t have. We will have to make dramatic budget cuts. “The federal government gave us zero, nada, niete, ZILCH. Those are all New York terms, right?”
  • CUOMO: When they didn’t give us any aid, they knew it meant that we will have to cut education funds. It’s tragic. Did you hear that, America? THEY KNEW.
  • QUESTION: :-/
  • CUOMO: Rent freezes? We have said that there will be no evictions for the next three months. So, if you don’t pay rent for 90 days, you cannot be evicted. (He didn’t say this, but I’m pretty sure you still owe rent)
  • CUOMO: We are shutting down many construction sites.

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Donald Trump Mike Pence National Press Conference

Press conference with Donald Trump (3/26/20)

Today’s participants in the White House press conference are Dr. Brix, Dr. Fauci, Trump, Pence and, of course, the one sheet.

TRUMP

  • He begins by commenting on all the empty seats, and says he’s “never seen it like that. How the world has changed!” with a look that says he’s internally waffling between sheer unbridled glee at the thought of keeping the press out of the room, and mild concern for his poll numbers, he adds “But, it’s gonna end up being better than ever.”
  • At 7:55 this morning, he spoke to the leaders of the G20. Of the meeting, he says; “Great meeting. Lot of great ideas.”.
  • He says 151 nations now have the virus.
  • He spends several minutes naming all the leaders of the G20, and I take this time to open up a box of strawberry Pocky. Have y’all ever had strawberry pocky? It’s amazing.
  • He then says “We’re handling it in different ways, but there is great uniformity”. To which I audibly responded “girl, what?” to my TV.
  • Here’s where things really start taking a turn though. Seemingly out of nowhere, he says “Somebody in the fake news said ‘oh we need Tom Brady’ I said ‘yeah’” excuse me, but again I just have to ask GIRL, WHAT?
  • He goes on to say that someone said Tom Brady should be leading the country and that this notion is “fake news”. WHAT IS THIS MAN EVEN TALKING ABOUT?!?
  • QUOTE: “Spoke to Tom Brady the other day. Great guy.” *throws Pocky box at screen*
  • QUOTE: “I wish the news could be real. I wish it could be honest. I wish it weren’t corrupt.” (I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish a girl who looked good, I would call her) CONT. OF QUOTE: “But so much of it is, it’s sad to say”
  • QUOTE: “I’m sure you have tapes of the meeting. I’m sure you were able to get tapes. You could easily see it. 50 governors plus, and if you had tapes you’d see… I mean it was really just… no contention. I would say virtually none. I would say maybe one person who was a liiiiiiittle tiny bit of a raising of the voice. He was a little wiseguy. A little bit. But, he’s usually a big wiseguy. Now, not so much anymore. We saw to it that he wouldn’t be so much anymore.” Now, y’all now this orange turd is speaking about MY BELOVED GOVERNOR, Andrew Cuomo. I can’t even express how much this infuriates me. If you’ve been paying close attention to Trump’s words during the past week, he no longer says he’s from New York. He says “he lived there”. This is because he knows New York City HATES HIM, and that he is not welcome to come back. Just as I feel have earned my right to call myself a New Yorker through 16 years of being a part of this city, Trump has lost his right by completely abandoning his roots and his humanity. I am proud to say I am a New Yorker. New Yorkers are among the toughest, hardest working people in the world. Trump is mad because he isn’t fit to hold our sweat.
  • He had a meeting with the state governors today at about 12 o’clock.
  • He gives thanks to everyone for passing the relief bill.
  • Rand Paul has COVID-19. I just thought I’d remind everyone.
  • Of the relief bill, he says “Keep the workers on the payroll. That’s pretty good.”
  • He spends some time talking about a possible next relief bill, and says “We might have one grandstander” who will hold it up. Does anyone want to take bets on who he’s talking about? Nancy Pelosi? Bernie Sanders? Either of our senators from New York? Place your bets in the comments!
  • He repeats yesterday’s numbers about what the bill provides.
  • He says the bill includes 1 million dollars to help with procurement for the defense production act that we are using “only when needed”. Funny how this language keeps changing on this subject.
  • He also repeats the same FEMA numbers from yesterday.
  • He continues to insist he “inherited a broken system”. He says it’s the state’s responsibility to supply their people, but then takes credit for sending supplies to the states.
  • The USS Comfort will be leaving for New York City on Saturday. The ship will arrive on Monday. Trump says he’s going to “kiss it goodbye”, and that he will wave in front of it “for the media”.
  • The ship is currently at the Norfolk Navy Base.
  • They are continuing the search for therapies and vaccines for the virus. There are lots of tests going on.
  • He repeats the same figure about doing more testing in 8 days than in 8 weeks AGAIN. FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW.
  • He says we have to go back to work, because “this is America.” We’ll do it with social distancing or something. He thinks this will end “quickly”.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Unemployment? What’s your perspective?
  • TRUMP: He says it’s to be expected. He then praises himself for closing the borders to China yet again.
  • QUESTION: Why are we deploying troops along the Canadian border?
  • TRUMP: He says we have a strong border with Mexico and he continues “I guess it’s equal justice to a certain extent. But, I guess I’ll have to look into that.” Apparently he believes that there is “illegal steel” coming from Canada. Can I get a fact check on this?
  • QUESTION: The USA has now surpassed China in terms of cases. We now have the most in the world. What do you think about this?
  • TRUMP: He says it’s a tribute to the testing. He also insinuates that China is lying about their numbers.
  • QUESTION: How will you make sure people can continue to afford health insurance?
  • TRUMP: “we’re doing a lot of different things. We’re sending them very big checks.”
  • QUESTION: 3% of all restaurants have shuttered for good already because of this crisis. The projections indicate that it could end up being 11%. What do you say to restaurant owners right now?
  • TRUMP: “I know the business very well.” He says they’ll all come back “in one form or another” eventually.
  • QUESTION: Are you looking at using the defense production act more?
  • TRUMP: He says he has used it a couple times already. But, great companies like Ford, GM, 3M and all of our other daily sponsors are doing great. He blames the “broken system” yet again.
  • QUESTION: Cruise liners. Should they move back to the US in order to get relief?
  • TRUMP: I like the concept of them registering in the US. Cruise line business is very important. Big business. Great business. Employs a tremendous amount of people.
  • QUESTION: Airline bailouts, are these appropriate?
  • TRUMP: *rambles for a few minutes* But all that being said, we have to keep the airlines going. It’s vital to our country.
  • QUESTION: On Monday, did you speak to the president of China before you told America not to harass Asian people? Did he influence you to back off of some of your earlier language about the virus?
  • TRUMP: No. And then he goes on to blame the Chinese for the virus again, and says that they have taken advantage of us. He slips in a totally random insult about “Sleepy Joe Biden”, and then doubles down on calling it “the chinese virus”.
  • QUESTION: You said yesterday that you may have new guidelines for certain states to open up earlier than others, do you have that?
  • TRUMP: No.
  • QUESTION: The market is up, do you think the economic uncertainty has passed?
  • TRUMP: No, but we’re on the way. *Praises himself some more*
  • QUESTION: Venezuela is going to get really hard by the virus, is this a concern?
  • TRUMP: Basically no.
  • QUESTION: Can you tell us which two times the defense production act was used?
  • TRUMP: I’ll get back to you on that.
  • QUESTION: Do you think current guidelines will be extended into next week?
  • TRUMP: I think we’ll keep following the guidelines for awhile, even when we are “open”.
  • QUESTION: You just tweeted that it’s very important that we protect asian americans? What are you doing to protect them?
  • TRUMP: “Yes, that was a very important tweet to me.” “Well, I don’t know. All I know is this, Asian Americans in our country are doing fantastically well. I’m very close to them, as you know, and they’re doing fantastically well, and I think they appreciate the job we’re doing. But, I did want to put that statement out, that social media statement, because to me Asian Americans are a great part of our country.” LOL, FACT CHECK???

PENCE + THE ONE SHEET

  • The task force had another meeting today.
  • VIDEO CUTS OFF (!!!!)

I know Dr. Brix and Dr. Fauci also spoke, but unfortunately my livestream cut off at that point. But, I think it’s safe to assume that Pence waved the one sheet again, and ended with “heal our land” as per usual.

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Bill De Blasio New York City

Press conference with New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio (3/26/2020)

Next up, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio did a pretty underwhelming press conference right before Trump. Here are the highlights.

  • The situation in NYC is changing by the minute
  • We have supplies for the week, but after that it’s uncertain. 
  • We need federal help
  • We need to be able to turn around supplies quickly.
  • My favorite sign language translator is back! Yasss!
  • New York City has the largest public hospital system in the nation.
  • Elmhurst in Queens is now the epicenter of the crisis in NYC.
  • Elmhurst has been resupplied with ventilators four times this week.
  • 56 additional staff members have been sent to Elmhurst.
  • We need more support for Elmhurst, but they are doing the best they can.
  • Before Coronavirus, we had 20,000 fully supplied hospital beds. This used to be considered a big number. Now, not so much. We are attempting to triple the beds by May.
  • De Blasio says he can’t promise we will reach that goal.
  • The surge plans that the state put forward will add at least 7,000 beds quickly.
  • Everyone loves talking about the Javits Center in these things.
  • With the Javits and all of the other new field locations, we will now have 34,000 beds. The ultimate goal is 60,000.
  • He says he would love to report good news, but that he can’t depend on maybes from the government.
  • 500 new ventilators have come in from the feds, and 2,000 from FEMA. Half of these ventilators are here in NYC already. That is a sixth of what we will need. The goal is 15,000.
  • Soon we will be talking about making ventilators here in the city.
  • He does not believe the government is utilizing the defense production act enough.
  • On Friday we will get 50,000 face shields from the brooklyn navy yard. By Tuesday, that number will be over 100,000.
  • He says the hard work done by the people of New York in no way excuses our federal government of their responsibility to us. AND I AGREE.
  • They are continuing to look at releasing inmates that are not a threat to society, and to protect high risk inmates from the virus.
  • As of last night, 200 inmates had been released since the beginning of this process.
  • The jail population in New York City continues to decline. There are less than 5,000 people in our jail system right now. That number has not been this low since 1949.
  • The population of New York City is 8.6 million people.
  • By tonight, the number of people released from prison will go up to 375.
  • New York city’s jail population is now 4,906 people.
  • He asks the super markets to please remember to practice social distancing and insist on social distancing from staff and customers alike. If need be, tell people to make a line outside.
  • If you are having trouble enforcing social distancing in your store, please call 311 and you will get help.
  • If you are able to, please start having a senior citizen hour in the morning. This is not mandatory, but would be greatly appreciated.
  • He then bumbles through a few words in Spanish, and the ASL translator really looks like he is trying not to laugh. SAME! Someone seriously needs to do a spanish battle between him and bloomberg. Haha

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Let’s talk about unemployment.
  • DE BLASIO: It’s staggering. A lot of people haven’t even been able to apply yet. We estimate that half a million New Yorkers are now unemployed. We need more help from the feds.
  • QUESTION: What about juvenile detainees?
  • DE BLASIO: We will have more to say soon, but we are less focused on them because COVID-19 is less threatening to them.
  • VERY VALID QUESTION: How come Cuomo can give us numbers about where the ventilators are and you can’t?
  • DEBLASIO: The numbers are moving too much. Things are changing too much. It’s not productive to give numbers that may not be true minute to minute.
  • QUESTION: Recreation centers. What’s the plan if someone gets sick? (He means enrichment centers for the children of essential workers) Will it be like the schools?
  • DEBLASIO: We have to keep those centers running. If we have someone get sick, they will be immediately taken out of the situation. But the centers will have to remain open.
  • QUESTION: Staten island – they have 1900 beds. 1200 already in use. No public hospitals. What about them?
  • DE BLASIO: We will continue to build out the hospital system. If we can send people outside the borough, we will.
  • QUESTION: Do any guidelines allow for reuse of PPE in case of a pandemic?
  • DE BLASIO: This is uncharted territory, so we may need to change standards when needed. We are working collaboratively with the CDC to keep up with changing standards.
  • QUESTION: Out of the 4,000 hospitalizations, how many are in public hospitals? How long until they go broke?
  • DE BLASIO: The city will continue to fund the hospitals. That is a sacred duty. Do not have separate numbers. Bills will come for hospitalizations because we will need the money, but it’s not our first thought.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I have been a patient in the New York City public hospital system for many years. I contracted a life threatening case of the mumps in my 20s, and was hospitalized at Bellevue for an entire week. They saved my life. I would not be here without them. When all was said and done, I was out of work for over a month. A bill came for $30K in the mail, but I took it to the hospital and told them my situation. They let me clear the entire bill for just $150 because I was uninsured and out of work. The people in the New York City public hospital system are ACTUAL ANGELS, and I will forever be grateful to them! Please keep them in your prayers, and if you are a New Yorker be grateful to live in a city that has these resources!
  • QUESTION: Are you going to tour possible field hospitals with Cuomo? The reporter adds that she thinks it’s negligent that we are not getting daily numbers on cases and deaths in the city.
  • DE BLASIO: Yes, he’ll also be touring locations. He also says that her personal opinion is not a question, nor is it appropriate to voice in this forum.
  • QUESTION: What is the death toll at Elmhurst today? How does it compare to other hospitals?
  • DE BLASIO: Today they had 4. The number tracks with the number of people on ventilators. It’s a normal percentage for the number of people on ventilators.
  • QUESTION: Are you doing this triage ethics plan or not?
  • DE BLASIO: We are trying to avoid ever having to make those choices. We are not giving up on the notion that we can save everyone.
  • QUESTION: How did you pick the streets to close today?
  • DE BLASIO: Through a committee of city people.
  • QUESTION: What is the latest guidance for people who feel sick? How long should they wait to go to a hospital? What about testing?
  • STATE DOCTOR: Stay home 3 – 4 days. If you do not get better, reach out to a healthcare provider. Or if you get worse, go. People who test should be over 50, have one of the five underlying conditions, or people who are sick. Do not go if you are not in that group.
  • QUESTION: What do we protect at all costs?
  • DE BLASIO: fighting COVID-19, the NYPD, water, and things we need to live. He goes on to say how truly ridiculous it is that we are getting the same funding as someplace with very few cases like Idaho. AND I AGREE.
  • QUESTION: What about methadone clinics?
  • DE BLASIO: We have not heard of any shortages on methadone.
  • QUESTION: What about the internet? What do families do if they can’t afford the internet? We have heard reports that some companies are refusing service to people who have past due bills.
  • DE BLASIO: He said this has not been brought to his attention previously, but that it “really pisses him off” that any of these companies would refuse service right now since so many kids will need the internet for classes. He says he would gladly take legal action to prevent that from happening to anyone.

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Andrew Cuomo New York City New York State

Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/26/20)

Cuomo gave the first press conference of the day, so here are some highlights from this morning. Be warned, today was a bit grimmer than yesterday. Cuomo did deliver some pretty spicy quotes today though, some of which I have written here verbatim.

IMMEDIATE UPDATES

  • First of all, he’s letting us know that he’s here to hit us with some facts. I personally love that Cuomo is very straight forward about what’s a fact and what’s his opinion. I wish Deblasio and 45 would learn something from Cuomo’s example!
  • We are still trying to flatten the curve and increase hospital capacity.
  • The optimum situation would be to not have an apex to the curve.
  • Dr. Fauci has been very kind and helpful, and has been a great friend to the state of New York.
  • We cannot get this curve low enough to avoid overwhelming the hospitals unless we expand our hospital beds.
  • The goal is to have at least one 1,000+ overflow facility in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland county.
  • The goal is also to increase current hospital capacity by 50 to 100%
  • We do have enough PPE in stock for the immediate future.
  • The state is still shopping for ventilators.
  • The state has approved the technology to split ventilators.
  • They are working on converting anesthesia machines to ventilators.
  • The average patient is on a ventilator for 3 – 4 days, however they are finding that a COVID patient is generally on a ventilator for 11 – 21 days.
  • They are also working on shifting the load of patients, and thinking about trying to transfer people from downstate to upstate hospitals in the event that this becomes a necessity.

THE ECONOMY

  • We have increased expenses because of the COVID virus. We also have a loss of revenue. How do we balance this budget now?
  • The estimated loss of revenue will be between 10 billion and 15 billion dollars.
  • The feds did not give us enough money, but are saying “maybe” they will come back to this issue. “Maybe, maybe, maybe…” Governor Cuomo says as he waves his hand in the air dismissively.
  • We do know that this bill will help with unemployment costs.
  • Quote: “It did not help local governments or state governments, and it did not address the governmental loss. And the federal officials, well the ones who are being honest, will admit that.”
  • We get $5B for the state, but it is earmarked only for COVID expenses.
  • He says the federal government simply failed to meet state needs. He says he finds this to be “reckless and irresponsible” on the part of our federal government. He says, quote: “when this is over, I promise you I’m gonna give them a piece of my mind. But, I would say to them today; this is an extraordinary time in this nation, and it’s an extraordinary time for government. This was the time to put politics aside, and partisanship aside. This is the time for governmental leaders to stop making excuses, and just do your job. Do. Your. Job.”
  • The state budget is due April 1st. There are a lot of unknowns.
  • Budgets will have initial projections adjusted down, and then they will have to have periods of reflections throughout the year.

TESTING AND HARD NUMBERS

  • 18,650 new tests have been done in NY so far.
  • We are testing more people per capita than South Korea or China.
  • This does not mean we are finding all the positives.
  • The number of deaths are increasing.
  • Some patients now on ventilators for 20-30 days.
  • The longer you are on a ventilator, the less likely it is that you will survive.
  • Number of deaths this morning was 385, up from 285 yesterday.
  • We expect the numbers to increase further.
  • As of this morning, there were 21,393 positives in New York City.
  • 37,258 people in New York state have tested positive.
  • 5,327 people are currently hospitalized.
  • 1,290 people are currently in the ICU.
  • 1,517 patients have been discharged.

PERSONAL OPINIONS

  • He says they are praying for Louisiana, which has a new cluster in New Orleans. He says we stand ready to help them however we can.
  • He says the outpouring of support from all over the world to New York has been inspiring.
  • The number of medical staff who have volunteered is over 40,000 people.
  • We now have over 8,600 mental health professionals who have volunteered to help people during this time as well.
  • “This is not a sprint. This is a marathon.”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Where are the stockpiles of ventilators?
  • CUOMO: We have stockpiles on ventilators all over the state, we are talking to the federal government about getting more.
  • QUESTION: What do you think about the projections today versus yesterday?
  • CUOMO: We’re going to have day to day fluctuations.
  • QUESTION: We have heard about shortages of PPE at a local level, what do you say about that?
  • CUOMO: That could be a distribution problem, but we are currently being assured that we have enough for the immediate need.
  • QUESTION: How will you cope with this loss of revenue?
  • CUOMO: It’s a changing situation, and we’re all going to have to deal with the reality of the situation.
  • QUOTE FROM CUOMO: “I was shocked that they were so irresponsible in addressing the state and the city needs. I mean, I never believed that they would just pass a piece of legislation that didn’t address it. You know, they just did not address the revenue shortfall.”
  • QUOTE FROM CUOMO: “You know, they know we have to fund education. They’ll all say in their speeches education, education… it’s our children’s future. And then they do absolutely nothing in the legislation. So, I just want to keep it in check. You know, emotion is a luxury. We don’t have that luxury right now.”
  • QUESTION: What about gig workers?
  • CUOMO: It’s a complicated issue. He does not believe there will be enough time to resolve outstanding issues with the gig economy.
  • MY PERSONAL OPINION: I don’t know what that last question means.
  • QUESTION: When will we need to start moving patients from downstate to upstate?
  • CUOMO: Only as a last result.
  • QUESTION: Do you plan on banning people from leaving New York City from coming upstate to slow the spread?
  • CUOMO: No. We’re not doing that,
  • QUESTION: How many days until we run out of ventilators?
  • CUOMO: We do not have an estimate for that, and we hope to not need one,
  • QUESTION: Why are construction workers considered essential?
  • CUOMO: We are looking at that.
  • QUESTION: What’s your message to people who have lost their jobs?
  • CUOMO: We have all lost our jobs. It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s all of us. But, we are not alone.

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Donald Trump Dr. Deborah Birx Dr. Tony Fauci Mike Pence National Press Conference Steve Mnuchin

Press conference with Donald Trump (3/25/20)

Another day, another episode of the Trump show! Today’s participants are Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, and Steve Mnuchin.

Once again, I have broken this up into sections by speaker.

TRUMP

  • America continues to gain ground in the war against the virus. Thank you, America.
  • “Social distancing. Important phrase. And we’re doing it right now.” Trump says with a vague attempt at gravitas.
  • Trump is now saying that “certain sections” of the country will hopefully be able to go back to work soon.
  • He has now approved major disaster declarations for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, which has a “large legal significance”.
  • They are in constant communication with the leaders of all of these states.
  • He spoke to Governor Cuomo last night and this morning, and thinks he’s doing a great job. He says that Cuomo thinks, “because he understands negotiation”, that we have been using the defense production act “very appropriately”.
  • Trump says the defense production act is “a great negotiating tool”, however he has not had to use it “much” because all of these companies have done a “TREMENDOUS” job of rising to the plate on their own. Note how this language has subtly shifted from yesterday’s statement that he has not needed to use it all. This statement was followed by our daily sponsored words about 3M.
  • He says they are building up medical gear now and have been giving it away as fast as they can.
  • At 4 minutes in, we get our daily reminder that the Javits Center is the only field hospital location he can ever seem to remember.
  • He says he is doing everything in his power to help New York.
  • They are doing lots of testing on new drugs.
  • The US is doing the most testing in the world.
  • He congratulates the president of Japan for delaying the Olympics for a year. He says quote “I think it’s gonna be a fantastic Olympics. 2021. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic Olympics. I think it was the absolute right decision to delay it for a full year and now have a full beautiful Olympics. It’s gonna be very important because it’s probably the first time maybe ever or certainly in a long time that it was on an, uh, odd year. Always on an even year, they tell me.” with the all the authoritative air of a sophomore dude at a frat party rambling off some quick facts to try to impress a girl.
  • He says he will be at the games when they happen.
  • “As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also protecting American livelihoods.” The senate is very close to passing an emergency relief bill, this is in addition to the two other bills he signed earlier this month. He says they have “all sorts of things in there for the workers, for the families, a tremendous paid sick leave provision for workers at no cost at all to the employers. And that’s a big thing, no cost to the employers.”
  • He says that he believes that this is the biggest bill ever passed. TREMENDOUS.
  • “Families, families, families”
  • The senate bill includes 350 billion dollars in job retention loans for small businesses, with loan forgiveness available for businesses that continue paying their workers. We want people to keep their workers, and pay their workers, which will allow us to quickly accelerate our economy back to normal when we DEFEAT THE VIRUS.
  • There will be 300 billion dollars in direct cash payments available to all american citizens earning less than $99,000 a year. He says that would be $3,400 for the typical family of four.
  • Up to 250 billion dollars in expanded unemployment benefits. This will include self employed people and independent contractors. YASSS! THAT’S ME!
  • Over 100 billion dollars to support the heroic work of our doctors and hospitals.
  • 45 billion dollars for the disaster relief fund, more than doubling the amount to support the current emergency funds.
  • 27 billion to build up our national stockpile of medical gear.
  • He claims he has built up a whole new military while president. Can I get a fact check on this`?
  • The bill will include “significant” funding for new vaccines.
  • Over 500 billion dollars in support for the hardest hit industries, with a ban on stock buybacks, which he is now claiming was his idea. Quote “boy, I tell you the republicans wanted that and the democrats wanted that.” he adds.
  • He says our country will open up “LIKE A ROCKET SHIP”.
  • He says there will be limits on executive compensation going forward, because we are interested in “THE WORKERS”.
  • 16 billion for the purchase of PPE.
  • He encourages the house to push this through to sign. He says it’ll be a great signing. Dare I say it? A tremendous signing.
  • Spoke to the leaders of nonprofits today. They’re fantastic. Great people.
  • SUPPLIES – through FEMA, they are shipping 9.4 million N95 respirators, 20 million surgical masks, 3.1 million face shields, 2.6 million surgical gowns, 14.6 million gloves, and almost 6,000 ventilators.
  • Says there are 150 countries… maaaaybe more than 150… with the virus. He says no one would ever believe that. Never saw it coming. Never opened a history book. But we’ve been incredible. He says some of the press have said he’s amazing, and that he thinks that is “accurate”.
  • Says Cuomo and Deblasio are “happy” and that “it would be hard not to be happy with the job we’re doing”. Ok.
  • H says the people behind him have been amazing, but on the NPR live stream the only person I can see behind him is Pence. Lol
  • He says his team have become his friends, even though “maybe they don’t like me. Another lol for you, sir.
  • Human interest stories rattled off in a monotone voice. TREMENDOUS.
  • Steve Mnuchin has been working hard in “that beautiful building. He sort of lived over in that beautiful building. To me, it’s a very beautiful building. One of the most beautiful buildings in the world. To me, he’s gotten to know it very well.”

STEVE MNUCHIN

  • Thanks Mitch and Chuck for the bipartisan support for this relief bill.
  • Recaps what Trump just said about the bill.
  • Expects to have a way to get the small business loans out next week.
  • Direct payments to citizens coming in the next 3 weeks, either through direct deposit or through the mail. I’m assuming you will get this however you got your last tax refund.
  • Quick break to kiss Trump’s ass.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: How long do you think this bill will keep the economy afloat?
  • TRUMP: Hopefully a long time. If we have to go back, we have to go back.
  • MNUCHIN: Says he expects this to carry us for three months.
  • QUESTION: Yesterday you said we should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. What did you mean by that?
  • TRUMP: “Well, we’re reliant on many countries where we give up our supply chains, our manufacturing, our production facilities… but it really costs us more in the long run, because we lose jobs and we lose our independence. So, we’ll be making some changes in the future.” On a personal note, I can’t believe this bizzare future we’re living in right now because I actually agree with him!
  • QUESTION: Are you going to sign an executive order to ban the exportation of medical equipment?
  • TRUMP: He says he does not think we’ll need to do that. He starts this answer off reasonably well, and then goes totally off the rails and says that other countries have been playing us “FOR YEARS! And no president has ever done anything about it.” He then goes on to say that we make “the best medical equipment in the world, but we can’t sell it to Europe. But, we’re changing. All of this is changing.” and he really sounds like a YouTube conspiracy theory video right now. Oh god, he’s bringing up NATO. Claims we were paying for everybody, and that because of him, everyone is paying us. This question has gone in a weird direction.
  • QUESTION: Four republican senators have indicated that they believe the extra unemployment insurance may encourage workers to leave their jobs, even though you can only collect unemployment if you’re fired. I’m curious what you think of that?
  • TRUMP: “I know the issue very well. Um, Steve?”
  • MNUCHIN: We did this to ensure the money could flow out quickly, and we do not believe it will encourage people to quit their jobs. No comment on those senators.
  • TRUMP: “The one good thing about this is that people will get more money” Trump says, just to feel useful.
  • QUESTION: The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson have concluded that he died in Iranian custody, are you aware of that?
  • TRUMP: “I’m very much involved in that. Great gentleman. Great family. I hate to say it, but it’s not looking good. He wasn’t well anyway. I mean, and it’s not looking promising.” But, Trump says that he does not accept that he’s dead.
  • QUESTION: You tweeted earlier, linking the closing of the country to your election success. Is this easter timeline based on your political interest?
  • TRUMP: WhAt Do U mEaN By ThAt?
  • QUESTION: Lawmakers on both side of the aisle say Easter is not a good idea. What do you say to that?
  • TRUMP: “I know the media would love to tear me down. Just so you understand, are you ready? I think there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good for defeating me at the polls. I don’t know if that’s so, but I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession who write fake news. You do. She does” and goes on. “For whatever reason… and we’ve done one hell of a job. Nobody’s done the job we’ve done. And it’s lucky you have this group here for this problem, or else you wouldn’t even have a country left.” WOW. Just wow.
  • QUESTION: Once the bill is signed how rapidly do you expect to see the funds?
  • TRUMP: Who are you with?
  • QUESTION: CBN, and my second question, we are hearing direct payments will be out by April 6th. Is this true?
  • MNUCHIN: 3 weeks.
  • QUESTION: You’re meeting with world leaders tomorrow, will you try to introduce a worldwide ban on wild animal markets in order to prevent a similar pandemic?
  • TRUMP: I don’t know. This came out of China.
  • QUESTION: Do you want to do more testing? How many deaths are acceptable?
  • TRUMP: We’ve tested more than anybody. We have the best tests. No deaths are acceptable.
  • QUESTION: How can you prevent people from heavily infected states from going to less infected states?
  • TRUMP: I inherited a broken system. We’ve done a lot of tests.
  • QUESTION: Will you consider taking global measures to prevent an apocalyptic pandemic?
  • TRUMP: I’m very strong on borders. I built a big, beautiful wall. Before me, this country had no borders. The people you’re talking about aren’t coming here.
  • QUESTION: Why did all the bills include 25 million for the kennedy arts center here in DC?
  • TRUMP: The kennedy center is suffering greatly. I love the kennedy center, although I can never go there because I’m so busy running the country. The democrats wanted that. You guys, did you know they are closed?
  • QUESTION: Senator Rubio today said that the WHO had showed favoritism to China. Do you agree?
  • TRUMP: A lot of people feel it’s been unfair. I don’t know.
  • DR. FAUCI: I think the WHO is doing a good job. I can’t commit on the politics of that.
  • TRUMP: We’re the ones who had the great response, because I KEPT CHINA OUT.
  • QUESTION: When you have this meeting tomorrow, what kind of response are you expecting?
  • TRUMP: It’ll be a great call.
  • QUESTION: What happens at the end of this 15 day period?
  • TRUMP: I’ll consult with the doctors. Maybe we will reopen in sections. By Easter, we’ll have a recommendation.

MIKE PENCE

  • *waves the one sheet*
  • This is day 10 of 15.
  • Keep washing your hands and social distance.
  • Recaps everything Trump already said.
  • He had a call with Betsy Devos. They made a website for teaching recommendations. She will be joining us on Friday for questions.
  • Secretary Perdue will also be there to talk about school lunches.
  • FEMA is sending more resources to New York soon.
  • FEMA is already in California.
  • The CDC is publishing guidelines tomorrow for how to best use our parks.
  • *quick flash of the one sheet*
  • Continue to practice good principals.
  • People ask me, what can I do? *raises the one sheet*
  • God bless America.
  • Heal our land.

DR. BIRX

  • We are watching the testing results. Our system to look at flu like illnesses is still up and running, and that is important because we still need to be watching in places that have low numbers of cases.
  • There are four counties with 56% of all cases in the country, and they are all in New York.
  • We are close to getting through our testing backlog.
  • The numbers are stabilizing in New York, and this is good.
  • *borrows the one sheet from Pence, waves it*
  • Yesterday, we asked people from New York to self isolate. Today she clarifies that this is not a mandate, but a precaution.
  • Dr. Birx’s grandmother brought the spanish flu home to her pregnant mother, and her mother died from it. She asks us all not to be that child.

DR. FAUCI

  • He apologizes for being curt about the political question earlier.
  • China is warning us that most of their cases are now coming from outside the country, so we will want to consider what travel we allow when we get to the end of the curve.
  • He believes this may become cyclical flu, which really underscores the need to develop a vaccine.

MORE QUESTIONS:

  • QUESTION: How many ventilators do we have in the national stockpile?
  • PENCE: This has been a major focus for FEMA. We have less than 20,000 in stockpiles. But there are more than 100,000 in the hospital system, and we are working on producing or converting more.
  • QUESTIONS: What do you think about people sewing masks?
  • DR. FAUCI: We would only recommend that if you’re in a very desperate situation, but we don’t need to do that yet.
  • QUESTIONS: Kentucky said they were told to buy their own ventilators, but the federal government has bought them all. What do you say to that?
  • PENCE: We spoke to FEMA and the governors about that. We’re going to make sure everyone gets what they need. He spoke about Michigan, even though the question was about Kentucky, and said he is working with her to get what she needs.
  • QUESTION: when do you think all hospitals will have masks again?
  • PENCE: We’ll have a detailed report by the end of the week.
  • PENCE: *waves the one sheet*

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Press conference with New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (3/25/20)

A lot of you requested notes on Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conference, so here they are by popular demand! As you may or may not be aware, Governor Cuomo is now the unofficial president of the east coast. Don’t even bother trying to correct me on that! I SAID WHAT I SAID!

Anyway, here we go…

  • Our current status is that our trajectory for infections is still going up.
  • They are finding that 80% of all of our known positives self resolve, and 15% require hospitalizations. Now, I can’t be the only one looking at those numbers and wondering where the other 5% is? Unless I missed something, this was not addressed in this talking point.
  • They have more hospitalizations than they were originally estimating. This is a concern because it’s a strain on the hospitals.
  • They are currently expecting 140,000 cases coming into the hospitals, but the state of New York only has 53,000 beds.
  • They are currently expecting 40,000 ICU cases, but the state of New York only has 3,000 ICU beds. For the purpose of this discussion, an ICU bed is a bed with a ventilator.
  • Like Dr. Fauci said, we have to flatten the curve. New York will also have to increase hospital capacity. They have been working on this since day one.
  • I’m going to paraphrase a bit here, and say that my boy Andrew basically said to stay the fuck home. Young people, you can get this too. You are not a superhero. You can also transfer it.
  • The parks in NYC have been a problem, because people are not respecting the social distancing guidelines. He asked mayor Deblasio to come up with a plan to stop people from being idiots, and they have come to an agreement to try to mitigate the demand for public spaces. The plan is to close two major streets in each borough to traffic so that people can go outside for fresh air. stupid closing streets shit. I personally do not share their enthusiasm for this idea. But, the pilot program starts tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes.
  • They are now enacting mandatory social density limits in playgrounds. There are no close contact sports allowed. That means no basketball. You cannot do it. No fooling around. This measure is voluntary so far. But if people don’t comply, it will become mandatory, and the playgrounds will be closed. So, be responsible and don’t ruin it for everyone.
  • Evidence suggests that our density controls are working. On Sunday, the evidence suggested that hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days. On Monday, the evidence suggested that hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days. On Tuesday, the evidence suggested that hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days. Cuomo says this is almost too good to be true. But, he believes that this is a very positive sign.
  • Our distancing measures have been effective and necessary. We are slowing the hospitalization rates.
  • The apex need of hospitalizations is now predicted in 21 days. This is, of course, just a prediction and may change.
  • They are working to ramp up beds, staff and equipment.
  • Beds – between all current sources, if they get optimum results from our current efforts, we could have 119,000 beds available. That still leaves us 21,000 short. They are now also looking at hotels and nursing homes to find room for the other beds.
  • Right now there is enough PPE for all the hospitals in the state. Cuomo says that he believes we are secured for about three weeks.
  • Ventilators – The experts believe that we will need 30,000. There are currently 4,000 in the hospital system. The state has purchased 7,000 and is still shopping. The federal government sent 4,000. They are exploring splitting ventilators like Italy was forced to do if it comes to that point. They are still 17,000 short so far.
  • Staff – They are working on putting together a surge healthcare force. 40,000 people have responded to the call so far. This includes 2,265 physicians, 2,409 nurse practitioners, 938 physician assistants, 328 nurse anesthetists, 160 respiratory therapists, 16,367 RNs, and 4,016 LPNs. Thank you so much to all these true heroes!
  • 6,175 mental health professionals have also signed up to help us deal with our collective trauma during this time. The hotline number to reach a mental healthcare professional is 1-844-863-9314. You can call this number and arrange a time to speak with someone completely for free. Cuomo calls this beautiful, and I agree. Thank you to all of those people. I love New York for this!
  • He says that he has spoken with Trump and Kushner, and he says they were helpful. Everyone is cooperating and doing their best to get through this. Translation: if Cuomo doesn’t say nice things about Trump, he knows Trump will probably have a petty tantrum and literally cause deaths in our state. So, wtf, we love the federal government now! Here’s your participation trophy, Jared!
  • The state has purchased all the ventilators they can purchase, so now we are looking at ways to produce more. It is now a battle against time while all these companies, like Ford and GM, work out how to make these items.
  • “Rolling deployment” – New York is the first place to have a huge infection curve. Rather than saying we need to send ventilators to the whole country, Cuomo believes we should focus on one hot spot at a time. New York is first, and then we will move on to the next state with a terrible curve. We need America’s help, and we will send help in return when this is over. Cuomo promises to personally manage the redeployment of resources when our crisis is over, and will provide technical assistance to all future hot spots that need it.
  • We will send equipment and personnel to future hot spots.
  • Cuomo says the two trillion dollar deal in the senate will be terrible for New York. He says the deal will give us $3.8 billion dollars. He says this will leave us with a revenue shortfall of anywhere from nine billion to fifteen billion dollars. He says the response to the virus has already cost New York state a billion dollars. The relief package the senate is pushing for will only send New York City $1.3 billion, which is a drop in the bucket.
  • Cuomo spoke to our house members today about the state’s budgeting concerns. He says in the house bill, we got 17 billion. In the senate bill, we get 3.8 billion. The senate is claiming that we are a big spending state, which Cuomo says is not true. He says we have the lowest growth rate of a state budget in modern political history. We are frugal and efficient. He told the house that we really need their help. But, I personally think the senate is so focused on bailing out corporations that they may not hear this.
  • The total people tested is now up to 103,479. The total new tests from that number are 12,137 (numbers as of 3/23).
  • 28% of all testing nationwide has been done in New York State. This is more testing than anywhere else in the country.
  • Any hospital in New York can do testing. The drive thru locations have been deployed strategically in areas they expect to see high positives.
  • The total cases in New York state are now 30,811, with 5,146 being new cases.
  • There have been 17,856 cases in New York City. 2,952 of those are new cases as of 3/23.
  • Westchester is now slowing in numbers, which is a positive sign as they were the first place hit.
  • The virus is spreading across the state, as was expected.
  • 12% of the people who tested positive are hospitalized.
  • 3% of all positives are in the ICU. These people are predominantly older, or have pre existing conditions. These people are our parents, family and friends, and Cuomo says that we are going to protect them.
  • The second most impacted state is New Jersey with 3,675 cases. California is third with 2,644 cases.
  • Why are our numbers so high? His personal belief is that it’s because we welcome people from across the globe. We have a lot of international travelers. He believes the virus was here much earlier than we know, and he believes it was circulating here before anywhere else in North America. He also believes it’s because we are all so close. We have a high population density. We have close communities. Our closeness makes us vulnerable. But, he adds that “our greatest weakness is also our greatest strength, and our closeness is what makes us who we are.”
  • Here is a longer quote: “Our closeness is what makes us who we are. That is what New York is. Our closeness is what makes us special. Our acceptance, our openness, is what makes us special. It’s what makes us feel so connected to one another. It’s what makes us so accepting of one another. It is the closeness that makes us the human beings that we are. The closeness is that New York humanity that I think exists nowhere else. The closeness is what makes our sense of community.”
  • He then brought up a touching quote from his father, Mario Cuomo, and I cried ALL THE TEARS! I love this family!

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Do we have a triage plan?
  • CUOMO: No, we believe we will not have to do that. Our goal is to save everyone.
  • QUESTION: Do we have distribution numbers for FEMA ventilators
  • CUOMO:  The ventilators are going to our stockpile, and will be given to hospitals as needed. We are still focused on acquiring them.
  • Someone accused him of not having ventilators that he should have had. Cuomo called his ass right out and said to get his facts straight. lol
  • QUESTION: How many resolved cases have there been?
  • CUOMO: Hundreds. Cuomo suggests looking at the John Hopkins numbers. Most people will recover. He also mentions that it will be helpful when we can test for the antibodies, because we will then know who can safely return to work.
  • QUESTION: What is the current availability of beds?
  • CUOMO: That is constantly changing, and we have more beds available to deploy if need be.
  • QUESTION: Who will man these ventilators?
  • CUOMO: We are looking for more doctors from all over the country.
  • QUESTION: What about the reports that New York will run out of beds by Friday?
  • CUOMO: We all saw the numbers in the presentation. We have multiple stockpiles of ventilators in the state.
  • QUESTION: Where are volunteer staff being deployed?
  • CUOMO: They are in reserve, we have not deployed them yet because we have not needed to yet.
  • CUOMO: We have relaxed some regulations in order to deal with the pandemic.
  • ME: Get a mic runner! I can’t hear the questions!!!!
  • QUESTION: What about people in jail in New York City?
  • CUOMO: Deblasio is dealing with that.
  • QUESTION: How will you resolve the economic issues here?
  • CUOMO: We need more help. Period.
  • QUESTION: How do you respond to Trump saying the cure is worse than the disease?
  • CUOMO: I believe that it’s part language. No one will say that it is sustainable to keep the country totally closed. It’s not. Everyone agrees that we should do everything we can to save a life. I do not believe that anyone’s life is disposable. He believes that there is a more refined strategy than what we are doing now. He says we have to restart our economy by bringing people who are less at risk back to work. But, basically, he said that there are levels to this shit and we’ll figure it out without killing people.
  • QUESTION: When the feds roll back restrictions does that affect you?
  • CUOMO: The government has done guidelines and let states decide how they handle them. So, basically… he said what they eat don’t make us shit!
  • QUESTION: (paraphrasing) What do you think of the president saying that NYC should basically be treated as a leprosy colony now?
  • CUOMO: (paraphrasing) The whole country has this virus, so you’re not about to treat us like untouchables. NEXT!
  • QUESTION: Will we need to resort to emergency loans?
  • CUOMO: If we don’t get funding, he does not know how we’ll balance the budget. He says this is not a time to play nice in the sandbox. He’s New York tough and he’ll fight for the people of New York. We need more help.

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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/24/20)

As promised, here are my notes from today’s (3/24/2020) White House press conference. Today’s participants were Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Tony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Larry Kudlow. I know they are long, but I have broken them up into sections so that you can scroll to whoever you want to hear from most.

TRUMP: ROUND ONE

  • Trump says everyone should continue following the White House’s 15 day challenge guidelines, as we continue our battle with the “invisible enemy”.
  • According to Trump, he expects that we will be winning this war by Easter! “What a great timeline that would be.” he says, almost misty eyed as he pictures all the winning that I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying come April. You know, unless you live in Washington, New York or California. But, for those of you reading this in say, Wyoming? THERE WILL BE WINNING!
  • Trump says they will continue to evaluate the data and work towards the best interests of our fantastic country.
  • The virus is currently attacking 149 countries, but Trump says that everyone around the world is looking to us for… well, I guess they are looking to us for some hot tips and advice on WINNING. One can only assume.
  • Trump says that he believes the light at the end of the tunnel is coming soon, although I think he might be getting some phrases about millions of Americans coming to the light a little bit confused here. Dark joke, I know.
  • Here is an update on critical supplies: through FEMA, the federal government is distributing more than 8 million N95 respirators, 14 million surgical masks, with many more on order. We also now have 2.4 million face shields, 1.9 million surgical gowns, 13.5 million gloves, more than 4,000 ventilators.
  • 4,000 ventilators are now coming to New York state, 2,000 of those will go to New York City.
  • The Defense Production Act has been activated, but it has not yet been invoked because companies have already been helping to make supplies without being forced to do it. Ford, 3M, General Electric are all working on making supplies. They came together on their own, and have thus far have been cooperating fully.
  • The Army corps of engineers and the National guard are building four hospitals in NYC and building out four separate temporary medical facilities across NY state, this number includes the Javits Center. We are also getting a Navy hospital ship “in the not too distant future”. The ship is currently under maintenance, although the maintenance has been “condensed” to make the process faster. I’m wondering what condesening maintenance actually means, but Trump assures us all that they are “Incredible ships”. 
  • One ship is already on its way to Los Angeles, and they are looking to develop field hospitals in LA as well.
  • Secretary Mnuchin continues to work closely with members of congress to pass the boldest financial relief bill in history. Senators will hopefully soon vote on a two trillion dollar bill that will deliver cash payments to struggling Americans. They are working on job retention loans and extended unemployment benefits. They are also working on support for hard hit industries, such as the airline industry and the cruise ship industry. On a personal note, I am in a hard hit industry, and I support extending help to industries that we know will be particularly devastated by this. But, I do wonder if benefits will be extended to the hotel industry, and if Trump will directly benefit from those funds.
  • Because Trump can never miss an opportunity to shift blame, he adds that he knows that “the democrats will do the right thing”.
  • The Dow surged over 2,100 points today, which is the all time record of the exchange. Trump says this is very encouraging. He assumes that this happened because people are looking at what is close to being passed, and looking at how hard his team is working to get the country open again.
  • Trump says he has a team of public health experts and financial people looking at when we can officially reopen the country. But honestly, from my point of view, it sounds like he is probably more so asking the financial people. He says his decision will be based on hard facts and data. But that he is really looking forward to “THAT BEAUTIFUL EASTER DAY”.
  • Trump then says that this is a medical crisis, not a financial crisis. It’s a thing no one has seen in decades. We are marshalling strength.
  • He’s had a call with governors, and spirits are great!
  • He goes on to say that we should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival, and that he thinks we have already learned a lot from this situation. He then somehow comes to the conclusion that this crisis has underlined how important it is to have “STRONG BORDERS” and manufacturing, and does some aimless bragging about how he has brought back a record number of jobs. Sure, jan.
  • “Without borders, you don’t have a nation” he adds, just to really underline that last point.
  • He says our goal for the future must be to have American medicine, American supplies, American xenophobia, etc for “our great american heroes”. Ok, I may have ad libbed some of that.
  • He says we are “energy independent. I’d like a fact check on this.
  • “Embrace commerce with all, be dependent on none” he continues.
  • He says the best thing for the world would be to see the US make a “very powerful victory over the virus”.
  • He says citizens in New York are using 3D printers to make hundreds of face shields, and to that I say… WE ARE??? And I ask, would that be because we were totally unprepared for a pandemic? Hmmm… things that make you think.
  • People are uniting to collect supplies, our spirit can never be broken, etc, etc.
  • Trump finishes this portion by saying “Let’s bring up someone who is maybe one of the great experts”. MAYBE.

DR. BIRX

  • Dr. Birx says that we are accelerating testing at a record rate. So far, 370,000 tests have been done. The majority (over 220,000) were done in the last 8 days. She adds that what South Korea did in 8 weeks, we did in 8 days. This was made possible by the HHS team all working together, and by the FDA and CDC just basically doing their jobs. She says that we still have a lot more to do.
  • They are working on the ability for people to take their own sample. That does not mean it would be a home test. That means you would be able to do it yourself with the guidance of a doctor at a testing site. The advantage of this is that it will limit the need for PPE at testing sites, and allow more PPE to go to the hospitals where they are needed most.
  • “Encouraging results have been coming out of Italy.”
  • She says that new cases will continue to surge because of our testing backlog, but we are close to catching up to the backlog. When we do catch up with the backlog, it will allow more realistic real time numbers for new cases each day.
  • She says that they remain deeply concerned about NYC and the metro area. About 56% of all cases in the United States are coming out of this area, which represents 60% of all new cases. 31% of the people dying from the disease are in NYC.
  • She reminds us that we must follow the CDC guidelines in order to get through this.
  • She says that, because of the sheer number of cases we are seeing in NYC, everyone who has left New York City recently may have been exposed. Thus, anyone who has been in NYC in the last two weeks should be quarantining for the full 14 days whether you are sick or not, no matter where you went subsequently. This is especially true if you fled NYC to go to the Hamptons, where they are not prepared for a mass outbreak.

DR. FAUCI

  • First, he talks about testing. He says we need to know what the penetrance of infection is for this virus in areas that are not hotspots yet, in order to get a better idea of how to handle things in each state. States that are not hotspots still have hope to identify new cases and contain them. But, although this was not said out loud, what I’m getting out of this is that if you live in Washington, California or New York you’re pretty much fucked. However, the nonfucked states will be hearing a lot more about testing in the coming days.
  • Second, he talks about New York. He says that people are “understandably” trying to flee the city. But so far, we believe that 1 in 1,000 people in New York City are infected. He’s not saying this out loud, but people with the means to travel are actually MORE likely to be infected than the poor. So, it’s even worse than it sounds. These people are selfishly carrying their germs with them all over the country. We are 8 to 10 times more likely to be infected than people in the rest of the country. It’s important to self isolate. We do not want New York seeding this illness to the rest of the country.
  • Lastly, Dr. Fauci talks about how Donald Trump said a lot of words about the malaria drug yesterday. Please ignore them. He says we are testing lots of drugs right now. Don’t forget that. He also says that there is no clinical evidence yet that the malaria drug works. There is anecdotal evidence, but it will need to be tested and studied more before it can be recommended as a treatment. He says that they are getting many things together for clinical trials, and the subtext here is for the love of god, don’t take fish tank cleaner pills.

LARRY KUDLOW

  • He says that we are making great progress on the relief bill. We are getting closer to a deal, and he expects another vote to happen ASAP.
  • Key points: Legislation is urgently needed to stabilize the economy and get us through a difficult period, and to better position us for what he thinks will be a huge economic crisis. This will be the single largest main street assistance program in the United States. Phase two of the relief package will deliver sick leave to all the hourly workers. Phase three will be a package for small businesses. He says they want to help maintain payrolls. They are currently looking at giving out direct deposit checks of roughly $3,000 for a family of four to help bridge the gaps, plus enhanced unemployment. He didn’t talk about self employment, but I’m guessing if you’re self employed you will also be helping yourself.
  • The hope here is that the companies that were doing well before this will continue to do well. And if you were doing poorly? I guess we’re not going to talk about that.
  • Income tax deferrals are happening. There will be no interest on student loan deferrals. The federal reserve is open to help stabilize the economy. In order to do this, we have to replenish the treasury’s emergency fund. That fun will be overseen by an oversight board. It will be totally transparent, and have an inspector general. The total package here comes to roughly six trillion dollars, two trillion in direct assistance and four trillion in federal reserve lending power.
  • He says we are headed for a rough period, but it’ll only be “weeks.. Or months” but definitely not years “that’s for sure”.

TRUMP: ROUND TWO

  • “Great voice, great man, Larry Kudlow” he says wistfully
  • He says we’ll be “even better than we were a month ago”. WINNING! BOEING! He talks about Boeing A LOT at these conferences.
  • He says money will come back in a “STRONG FORM”.

MIKE PENCE

  • Pence says the Coronavirus task force met again today.
  • Thanks America. Here’s my 1 sheet again.
  • He says that we are all making a difference. So if people can all just stay inside, that would be great.
  • He says the purpose of their task force is to slow the spread, but they are also looking to identify supplies, focus on testing, and give support to our healthcare workers.
  • He says that they have made great progress, repeats Dr. Birx for any of the men out there who can’t speak woman.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
  • He is continuing to urge all labs across the country to report their results to the CDC so we can have accurate tracking information.
  • They are continuing to follow test results, but are particularly focused on New York. The reality is that New York is pretty screwed.
  • If you’re in New York, please stay the fuck home. If you have left New York, don’t be a selfish bastard and isolate yourself.
  • Because of the spread in NYC, we will continue to surge resources to the city. The USS Comfort is on the way.
  • He gave some numbers for hospitals and supplies that contradicted what Trump said earlier.
  • They have been having team meetings at FEMA. FEMA has informed them that they are shipping… just a lot of stuff.
  • Last word, let’s praise businesses again.
  • You guys, McDonalds is now offering curbside pickup for food for truckers! God bless America!
  • Heal our land!
  • *Waves the 1 sheet one more time*

TRUMP: ROUND THREE, THE QUESTIONS

(to be clear here, I am paraphrasing the questions)

  • QUESTION: Mr. President, you said that you would like to see the country open by Easter and see churches packed on that day? What the fuck? Have and of the doctors signed off on that?
  • TRUMP: No, totally arbitrary. I thought it sounded beautiful.
  • You guys, here is the actual quote: “I think we’re looking at a timeline. We were discussing it at a very good meeting today. You know, if you add it all up, that’s probably nine days, plus another two and a half weeks. That’s a period of time that’s longer than the original two weeks. So, uh, we’re gonna look at it. We’re gonna do it if it’s good, and maybe we do sections of the country. We do large sections of the country. That could be it too. But, no we’re very much in touch with Tony and with Deborah. Whatever they would do.”
  • He continues: “I just thought it was a beautiful time. A beautiful timeline. It’s a great day.”
  • And again: “We were thinking sooner, but I just think it would be beautiful.”
  • QUESTION: Mr. President, the numbers are going up and we are clearly fucked. What states do you think will open? What the fuck?
  • TRUMP: “Well, we are working with all of them. There are large sections of our country you didn’t talk about, and we are working with all of them unbelievably well. They have small numbers. It’s very possible that they won’t be ever be faced with what’s happening in New York. And uh… we’re doing an incredible job in New York.”
  • QUESTION: Mr. President, let’s talk about easter again. What the fuck?
  • TRUMP: “We’ll be looking at lots of things. I’ll be guided by Dr. Fauci and DEBORAH,”
  • QUESTION: Dr. Fauci, please tell us… what the fuck?
  • DR. FAUCI: This is flexible. We will be evaluating this on a day to day basis. Obviously no one wants to tone down what’s happening in New York City. But we need to know more about what’s happening in the rest of the country. It’s a big country. Some areas might be less affected than others. What we don’t have right now is enough data to know what will be needed.
  • QUESTION: Is New York the epicenter?
  • TRUMP: It’s what you might call HOT.
  • And then he starts bragging about our test numbers again.
  • QUESTION: When you talk about what areas to open up… we need to cover this again, what the fuck? Where?!?
  • TRUMP: “Farms… Texas. Parts of Texas.”
  • REPORTERS YELLING QUESTIONS: did you give New York a heads up about all this isolation stuff? Do you think it’s wise to pack churches on easter?
  • Trump walks off stage and leaves.

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