While Donald Trump clowns it up at CPAC, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) announced the death of a Washington state man from coronavirus, the first on U.S. soil, and he also declared a state of emergency, which will allow state agencies to tap necessary resources to respond to an outbreak of the disease and also utilize the national guard, if necessary. The Hill: “This will allow us to get the resources we need,” Inslee said in a statement. “This is a time to take common-sense, proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of those who live in Washington state.” “Washingtonians can be assured we’ve taken this threat seriously and have been working in collaboration with our health care partners to develop plans and procedures to prepare for what could likely be a world-wide pandemic,” he added. “Our priority now is to slow the spread of this virus.” This is probably going to be the template for how the coronavirus epidemic is handled, mayors and governors taking care of business because of the sheer incompetence in Washington, D.C. Trump’s only contribution to today’s coronavirus news is to suggest that he might close off the Mexican border, as if that, and the price of samosas in India, have anything to do with containing the coronavirus. The Mexican government has reported three cases there, from people who traveled in Italy and as of Saturday afternoon, there are more cases of coronavirus in the United States than there are in all of Latin America combined, but yet Trump feels it’s a good photo op to close off the Mexican border. Pure idiocy, but what else would you expect? One thing we can depend upon from Washington, D.C. is that Trump’s administration will botch this, one way or the other, and it’s going to devolve to state and local government to handle the matter — or maybe Congress can step in. This is not business as usual, so nobody really knows. But we’re about to find out.
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