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National Guard, FEMA called in to New York, other hard hit states as COVID-19 fight continues

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Help is on the way for states hit hardest by the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to President Donald Trump.

In a press briefing late-Sunday, the President outlined updated response efforts to the coronavirus, which has resulted in nearly 15,000 deaths across the globe.

President Trump ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ship mobile hospital centers to the hard-hit states of Washington, California and New York.

He called the federal government the ‘backup’ method for obtaining ventilators. State leaders across those hard hit places called for the federal government to do more.

In addition, Trump noted that he’s giving the governors in those three states the ability to call up their national guard. He’ll keep it under state control, but provide federal funding to make it happen.

Vice President Mike Pence says the Department of Health and Human Services will issue formal guidance Monday, but that the federal government is encouraging all labs to “prioritize inpatient testing.” Pence says the government hopes to have the backlog of existing tests — a milestone the White House hoped to reach on Monday — cleared by the middle of the week.

No bill has been adopted on relief – as millions go without work in the service industry. Self-employed folks around New York – and the U.S. are also facing significant hurdles – as they are shut down without a reopening date in sight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled to the public that they were ready to move on a relief package, but Democrats pushed back – saying that more is needed, and limits should be placed on how businesses can use emergency funds dispersed by the federal government.