In a Sunday update from President Trump’s White House coronavirus task force, Trump said first Washington and soon California will join New York in being declared major disaster zones.
Trump said federal medical supplies will be shipped to these states and National Guard support will be supplied at no costs to the states in question.
“These are three states that really do need help; they are hit really hard,” Trump said.
Trump also noted that news that Republican Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus showed the virus is “getting close to home.” Paul announced his positive result via Twitter (TWTR) earlier Sunday.
“We’re at war, and we’re fighting an invisible enemy,” Trump said.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 32,644 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with 15,793 confirmed in New York state, per Johns Hopkins University. At least 400 deaths have been reported in the country.
329,935 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed globally, and 14,379 deaths have been attributed to the disease, per Johns Hopkins. 97,846 cases have resulted in a recovery.
Friday, stocks continued to react to coronavirus fears that have decimated Wall Street for over a month. Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 913 points, or 4.55%, to 19,173, the S&P 500 declined 4.34% and the Nasdaq gave up 3.79%.
Stock futures hit “limit down” levels after opening for trade at 6 p.m. ET Sunday.
Plans for federal stimulus have hit a minor snag with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell postponing the Senate vote Sunday.
“You will see our economy skyrocket after we get through it… I think it will be a tremendous day when we get through this war,” Trump said.
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