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March 21: White House Coronavirus Task Force holds live press briefing at approximately 10 a.m.

3 21 WhitehouseThe White House Coronavirus Task will stream its live press briefing on Saturday, March 21, at about 10 a.m. It can be viewed live at:


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Here are some takeaways:

The White House Coronavirus Task Force asked that area businesses that have personal protective equipment such as N95 masks provide them to their local hospitals and doctors’ offices if they are experiencing shortages, as some medical providers are facing across the country.

At the same time, he said national companies are ramping up production of masks, ventilators and other medical supplies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to match supply with demand.


Several references were made to a period of “15 days to control the spread,” and that the United States is six days into that 15-day period.
The task force briefing was wide-ranging, with President Trump stating that:
— The IRS is postponing the usual tax day of April 15 to July 15.
— Interest on federally held student loans is waived for at least 60 days.
— “Immediate cessation of foreclosure and eviction proceedings for American citizens, single family, forward mortgages as well as reverse mortgages."
— More than 195,000 completed coronavirus tests, not including hospital-based labs.
— U.S. Health and Human Services has ordered half-a-billion N95 masks, coordinated through FEMA.
— Industrial N95 masks made available, with liability protection.
— Discussion of ways to reduce the use for so many masks to be used
— Americans asked to postpone elective medical procedures, including dental to free up medical supplies.
— Vice President Mike Pence and his wife to be tested for coronavirus on Saturday, March 21, since a member of Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus.
— Coronavirus is suspected to be three times more contagious than the regular flu, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

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