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Trump projects 100,000 to 240,000 fatalities in the United States from coronavirus

President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump standing in front of a chart labeled “Goals of Community Mitigation” showing projected deaths in the United States after exposure to coronavirus as 1,500,000 - 2,200,000 without any intervention and a projected 100,000 - 240,000 deaths with intervention.

In the Washington Post, Philip Rucker and William Wan write: “President Trump and the physicians advising the federal pandemic response on Tuesday delivered a bleak outlook for the novel coronavirus’s spread across the country, predicting a best-case scenario of 100,000 to 240,000 fatalities in the United States and summoning all Americans to make additional sacrifices to slow the spread. Trump adopted a newly somber and sedate tone … as he instructed Americans to continue social distancing, school closures and other mitigation efforts for an additional 30 days and to think of the choices they make as matters of life and death.

The Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson writes: “Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, March 31, said he’ll greenlight state workers’ compensation for emergency responders who contract the coronavirus while on the job if lawmakers aren’t willing to tackle the issue. The governor made the comment after firefighters, police officers, nurses, corrections workers and others working in public health last week said they would remain on the hook for the cost of their health care and sick leave if they contract COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, while on the front lines.”

In the Star Tribune, Christopher Snowbeck reports, “Minnesota health systems are feeling financial pain from the shutdown in elective health care procedures, with revenue cuts prompting unpaid leaves and reduced hours for workers not directly involved with the response to COVID-19. M Health Fairview, which is one of the state’s largest health care providers, said Tuesday it expects to reduce some staff work hours beginning Monday. The Mayo Clinic is reducing or temporarily suspending hours or projects for supplemental or contract workers. Duluth-based Essentia Health has placed 500 nonmedical employees on unpaid leave.”

In the Pioneer Press, Kathy Berdan writes: “The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts laid off staff Tuesday and cut the pay of those remaining by 20 percent due to the shutdown of the theater amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ordway CEO Jamie Grant said the St. Paul performing arts center went from 478 active employees to 46. … ‘Most have jobs related to shows,’ Grant said. ‘If there are no shows, there are no jobs.’”

The Star Tribune’s Dee DePass says, “Polaris Inc. will temporarily furlough some workers and cut pay of others, the company said Tuesday in its latest step to survive the severe downturn resulting from the corona­virus outbreak. … Polaris last week closed all its manufacturing plants … and said it would re-evaluate after one week. On Tuesday, it said select manufacturing will restart this week for ‘products with adequate demand and supply-chain coverage.’”

Says Reg Chapman for WCCO-TV,Thousands of people sat in their cars waiting for free food passed out by a local church on Friday. Serenity Village Community Church in Crystal, Minnesota worked with restaurants, food distributors and closed food shelves to pass out more than 250 tons of food to anyone who needed it. The line started forming early in the morning, and stretched out a near ten block radius.”

A FOX9 story says, “Researchers at the University of Minnesota studied how mutations made the novel coronavirus attach more strongly to human cells, allowing it to infect and spread faster than similar viruses before it. … In research published in the journal Nature, researcher Fang Li and her team determined a mutation in the structural makeup of a protein found on SARS-CoV-2 allowed the virus to connect to human cells more strongly than SARS. … Now, the research team is looking take the information learned about SARS-CoV-2’s structure to develop antibodies or vaccines that can target how the virus binds to human cells. The researchers also found genetic evidence that bats may be the source of SARS-CoV-2 and pangolins may act as intermediate hosts for the virus.”

Says Joe Nelson at BringMeTheNews, “Minnesotans have done a good job with social distancing over the past couple of weeks, but one of the hot spots for people breaking social distancing guidance is at the lakes in Minneapolis. ‘We’re seeing crowds that are a little too big, especially around the lakes,’ said Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday.  Bde Maka Ska, Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Nokomis are popular destinations for walkers, bicyclists and joggers, and when the weather gets nice – as it has the past two days – they’re even more likely to attract Minnesotans looking to get some fresh air.”

Also in the Star Tribune, Libor Jany reports, “A high-ranking Minneapolis police official apologized for a Facebook post about homicide investigations that sparked controversy online and drew rebukes from both Chief Medaria Arradondo and the NAACP. The criticism started after Cmdr. Kim Lund Voss posted a photo of an old T-shirt with crime scene tape and a chalk outline of a body drawn on it, and the words: ‘MINNEAPOLIS POLICE HOMOCIDE DIVISION Our Day Starts When Yours Ends.’ The phrase is commonly found on police-themed T-shirts, mugs and other memorabilia.”

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 04/01/2020 - 09:03 am.

    I don’t know who writes the headlines, but this Trump “branding” of information needs to stop. Trump doesn’t “project” ANYTHING. At best he will “cite” someone else’s projections. And this isn’t a “best case” scenario it’s a no case scenario. This level of mitigation might have been possible if we’re weren’t a month or two behind in terms of testing, supplies.

    IF Trump had used his big-boy powers two months ago to order ramped up production of respirators, PPE’s, tests, and testing supplies, we might have been in a position to deploy the kind of containment and mitigation that could limit these fatalities to this projection. That didn’t happen.

    Instead of robust testing regime that can identify and locate infections, we’re still stumbling around with inadequate supplies and severely limited testing capacity. We have shortages of all of the critical supplies and hospital capacity we’re going to need, and there is no effective organized national response or plan to resolve these shortages. Trump is still waiting for the his business boys and they’re market motivations to magically produce what we need when we need it in a crises. So we have the My Pillow guy standing at White House microphone commenting on the pandemic response.

    I hate to tell you this but the last guy on the planet to realize that we’re dealing with a “plague” isn’t going be the guy to organize a nationwide containment and mitigation regime. And he won’t let anyone ELSE do it for him, so this is a tragic scenario.

    After predicting a beautiful timeline of being back in business by Easter, Trump is now warning us that it’s going be a rough two weeks. Listen: we will be lucky if it’s a rough two months. Trump clearly STILL has no idea what he’s dealing with, and his “team” is too weak to function effectively despite him.

    So please, let’s stop putting Trump’s brand in front of every piece of pandemic information that emerges from the White House.

    • Submitted by Rory Kramer on 04/01/2020 - 10:42 am.

      You’re writing as if you’re watching Trump and his antics for the 1st time in your life. Trump has, and always will be, all about himself. He’s never held any kind of political office so he has no idea on how to deal with national and international issues. And this coming from someone who voted for him only as he was the only option other than Hillary. Do I regret voting for him? Kinda but at the same time I knew going into it that he would continue to be himself.

      • Submitted by David LaPorte on 04/01/2020 - 01:39 pm.

        I agree that it’s no surprise to informed voters that Trump has mishandled yet another function of his office, although this is probably the most catastrophic failure.

        However, Trump’s popularity has actually increased among low-information voters. Like Paul, I think that we need to regularly reinforce the big picture. While Trump may be saying the right things at the moment, up until very recently, his inaction and minimization have made the pandemic much worse. Too many people, including healthcare workers, will get seriously ill and often die unnecessarily because of Trump.

        If voters consider the full picture and still vote for Trump, then, as Joseph de Maistre said, “Every nation gets the government it deserves”. But I don’t think that we should give up on trying to educate them.

    • Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 04/01/2020 - 01:25 pm.

      Thank you Paul….well said, and long overdue.

  2. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 04/01/2020 - 09:33 am.

    “Choices they make as matters of life and death.” Well, better late than never, but I trust people will not forget, “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away,” or “very much under control” or any of the other numerous quotes when his main concern was the stock market. This minimizing for two months is resulting in deaths right now and in the weeks to come.

    The cynic in me says if the death toll comes in under projections, and I hope it does, that this conman will will use that to heap more praise on himself as doing such a tremendous and unbelievable job in defeating the virus. And the cynic in me says his cult will continue to go along. Watching this buffoon day after day trying to project the image of a “war time” President is the stuff of a Peter Sellers movie.

  3. Submitted by Bill Spankerton on 04/01/2020 - 11:03 am.

    They couldn’t even spell “homicide” correctly. [facepalm]

  4. Submitted by Bob Tourdot on 04/01/2020 - 11:15 am.

    Agree – There will be many analyses over the next few years trying to understand how people went along with him.

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