Inslee: Washington needs more coronavirus test supplies

Elias Hubbard
March 30, 2020

By Saturday Trump had approved a major disaster declaration for MI, providing additional money to address the coronavirus pandemic there.

The move followed a bitter war of words between the president and Whitmer, who he had labeled "that woman" in a press conference Friday.

"My role is not to out vendors because I think that they're concerned about retribution and you know potential problems for them later", Whitmer said.

"There are people from the White House on down who are working 24/7", she said. 'When they're not appreciative to me.

He added that: 'If they don't treat you right, I don't call'.

Whitmer said Thursday that if her request was granted in full, it would help the state provide meals, rental assistance and temporary housing, mental health therapy and counseling, and "much-needed additional capacity" as the state's health care system struggles to keep up with the expanding coronavirus pandemic in MI.

Whitmer responded on Twitter by introducing herself to Trump and saying she's "asked repeatedly and respectfully for help".

The major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency makes the state eligible for statewide crisis counseling and provides funding for state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, the White House said in a news release.

Gretchen Whitmer continued her criticism of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and blaming the federal government for exacerbating the shortages of much-needed medical supplies at hospitals around the country.

She wrote on Twitter Saturday: 'Had a good call with @VP this morning. "We continue to work to provide all Michiganders - regardless of their geography or income level - the tools they need to keep themselves and their communities protected".

More than 112,000 N-95 masks arrived from the strategic national stockpile.

On Saturday, Whitmer said the crisis counseling program the White House approved provides services for those whose mental health has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

A top health official has warned the situation in Detroit, a national "hot spot" for new cases of the coronavirus, will worsen. MI now has over 3,500 confirmed coronavirus cases - a huge rise since last week - and at least 92 people have died from complications from the virus.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on "CBS This Morning" on Friday that Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans "will have a worse week next week". At least 111 people have died from the virus around the state.

Three counties in the Detroit area - Wayne, Oakland and Macomb - account for 87% of the state's deaths and 82% of the illnesses.

Late on Saturday night Whitmer signed an executive order approving a $2 million grant to help reconnect residents to water services that were shut off due to unpaid bills.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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