Governors sound the alarm on COVID-19 testing even as Trump claims ‘very good things on the ground’

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Donald Trump says he’s hearing “very good things on the ground” about the availability of coronavirus tests. Oh, really?

”I watch a news conference and they tell us we have testing capacity, but I am telling you we don’t have testing capacity. It is not out there yet,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said on Wednesday. He’s not alone among governors sounding the alarm.

“I think it’s critical the feds move a lot faster on this stuff,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said the same day. According to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, his state is “critically low” on test kits, and he too is looking to the federal government for help.

You want to hear more about the “very good things on the ground”?

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker feels “a little like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football with the federal government.”

The federal government—the Trump administration—is failing. There are not enough tests and Donald Trump keeps insisting there are, rather than doing something to turn that claim into reality. This isn’t just about setting people’s minds at ease about whether they’re sick. Experience in other countries shows that widespread testing is part of stopping the spread of the disease. Instead, in the United States, it’s being treated as a luxury good rather than a meaningful public health tool. And the people on the ground are sending up an alarm that should be heeded.

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I read Florida got everything they asked for. New York and New Jersey appears to be lagging way behind. Is our corrupt president playing Political games with peoples lives? It sure does appear so.

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Let’s start calling it what it is. This administration is murdering its own citizens through willful ineptitude and negligence.

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Our Government knew at the highest levels that there was a deadly disease, in our country, in January, if not before, & for two months tweeted that it was a Democratic hoax designed to get trump. These are the people still packing the churches around here on Sunday. Did he alert the AMA? Governors? Health & Human Services employee? Hospitals? Public Health Departments in every State & County & many cities? Did he gear up production of protective equipment, tests, testing supplies, ventilators? Anything useful? Anything at all? How many weeks did he allow this virus to spread from sea… Read more »