It is the first time a president has ever declared a major disaster in all 50 states at once, according to Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.
The move comes as confirmed cases of the coronavirus reached at least 519,453 as of Saturday afternoon. At least 20,071 people have died in the U.S. due to the disease, a death toll surpassing the one in hard-hit Italy — and a figure that has doubled, from 10,000 to more than 20,000, in just five days.
Worldwide, confirmed cases have surpassed 1.75 million, and more than 100,000 people have died.
The declarations make federal funding available for state and local governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations, according to the White House.
It will be interesting to see what Federal Executive Orders fall into place now that all states are covered under the national emergency disaster.
Besides opening the door for the emergency funds it also now opens the doors for federal emergency orders for the nation.
With individual states creating their own executive orders it is quickly getting out of control with the fines and threats of jail time over breaking state executive orders.
All we can do is sit and wait to see what comes down the pipeline from the federal level and be hyper-aware of the ones in office who are destroying our freedoms.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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