LIVE: Trump, Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Conference at White House Wednesday March 18, 2020

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The White House Coronavirus Task Force a news conference began about 11:06 a.m. CT Wednesday March 18, 2020.

Speakers: President Donald J. Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; Dr. Deborah Birx, M.D., Seema Verma, MPH, Robert Wilkie, Jr., Secretary of Veteran Affairs.

FEMA has gone to Level 1 — the highest level.

Hospital ships Mercy and Comfort moving toward New York Harbor and West Coast.

President invoking Defense Production Act to expand production of hospital masks and protective gear.

Cases in all 50 states announced.

Tests are increasing by the thousands every day. People without symptoms are initially not being tested.

New data about infections affecting youth.

HHS implementing new regulations to allow physicians to practice across state lines.

Medical elective procedures being postponed.

Dr. Deborah Birx reports data from Italy and France show increasing instances of illnesses affecting youth.

About 7 percent of tests are positive, and 93 percent of tests are negative among those tested in the United States.

Mark Esper, Defense Secretary:

The United States military has travel restrictions for all military personnel.

M95 masks will be made available from the military’s strategic reserves.

2000 operational deployable ventilators will be made available from the military.



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