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Donald Trump Told U.S. Governors to Fend for Themselves to Acquire Medical Equipment For Coronavirus Patients

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the United States, concerns are growing that hospitals around the country won't have the resources to meet the growing demand for crucial medical equipment from ventilators to hospital beds.

There are currently over 2,000 cases of the virus across the country, and that number is expected to grow.

Some fear that a spike in cases could overwhelm medical facilities everywhere.

President Donald Trump's advice to a group of governors on Monday was far from reassuring.

The President told them:

"Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves… We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself."

Trump walked back the comment later at a press briefing, where he told reporters that the administration would be working with states to provide resources, but encouraged them to work on their own to maintain resources.

The damage was already done.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham criticized Trump's response:

"If one state doesn't get the resources and materials they need, the entire nation continues to be at risk."

Some areas fear that their local hospitals aren't prepared for increased demand, making it crucial that Americans practice social distancing in order to reduce the risk of transmission.

Stay safe.