Key Highlights

  • Social Distancing Guidelines now extended from April 12 through April 30
  • Trump Administration working to keep projected death toll below 100,000

In an effort to keep the projected mortality rate from the coronavirus from reaching cataclysmic death tolls in the US, the Trump Administration has extended social distancing guidelines through April 30.

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Once saying that he wanted to see churches filled on Easter Sunday (April 12), the president said at a Sunday evening press briefing, “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory has been won.”

Before Trump’s press statement Sunday evening, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s health advisor, said that the country could see up to 200,000 deaths and millions of infections caused by COVID-19. Fauci cautioned his statement by saying that number predictions are uncertain and based on modeling from a variety of sources. (One such modeling source predicted 2.2M deaths in the US unless drastic measures were not taken to mitigate the hideous havoc of the disease.) Also as of Sunday, March 29, there were approximately 140,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including at least 2,400 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Trump, at Sunday evening’s press briefing, said that his administration is working to keep the projected death toll quoted by Dr. Fauci of 200,000 below 100,000. “So if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 and 200,000, we all together have done a very good job.”

Additionally, Trump hopes the country will “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1.

Aside from issuing federal guidelines, states’ governors and only states’ governors have the authority to decide if and when the country can reopen. (Neither the federal government nor the president has such authority.) States throughout the country have thus far advised residents to remain inside except for essential reasons (grocery shopping, doctors’ appointments, gasoline re-supply). And states’ governors have advised all non-essential businesses, save essential services, to be closed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (all COVID-19 hotspots) to stop all non-essential travel to other states for 14 days as of now.

Know that April 30 is now the extended social distancing guideline. Keep working virtually.


Thanks to CNBC’s Emma Newburger.

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