Covid Update July 21

April 2, 2021

The President updated the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s Three Highlights

“Ultimately, our goal is not merely to manage the pandemic but to end it.”

Pres. Trump says a vaccine remains a “top priority” and two candidates are moving ahead into the final stage of clinical trials. The President says the median age of those who died from COVID-19 is now 78-years-old – about 50% of all fatalities are those who resided in long-term care facilities or nursing homes, and fewer than 1% are children.

“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”

Pres. Trump noted that some areas of the country have made significant progress, while others – such as the Sun Belt – have seen concerning rises – primarily in those aged between 18 to 35-years-old. President Trump said “nearly 7,000 National Guard and military medical personnel” are supporting areas where the federal government is particularly watching hospital capacity: Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona

“I’m getting used to the mask, and the reason is — think about patriotism.”

The President asked all Americans to use face masks, saying they can “potentially help.” Pres. Trump said he “gladly” wears masks when he needs to do so, when social distancing is not possible. Remarking on the change in mask guidance over the last several months, the President said of health officials: “If they change their mind, that’s good enough for me.”

On Tuesday, Pres.Trump held the first White House COVID-19 news conference since April. Unlike the earlier briefings with the COVID-19 task force, only the President spoke. He said the next economic relief package (phase 4) is in the works and that both sides want “to get it done” in order to protect workers, schools, and families.

Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing: READ HERE

by Jenna Lee,