President Donald Trump on Friday declared the outbreak a national emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight it, then threw his support behind the congressional aid package.
From the Rose Garden, Trump said, “I am officially declaring a national emergency,” unleashing as much as $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the crisis.
Trump also announced a range of executive actions, including a new public-private partnership to expand coronavirus testing capabilities with drive-through locations, as Washington tries to subdue the new virus whose spread is roiling markets, shuttering institutions and disrupting the lives of everyday Americans. More
House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus emergency
The House approved legislation to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats and the Trump administration have reached a deal on a response package late Friday following several days of negotiations. The package includes paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave, as well as "enhanced Unemployment Insurance."
The deal also includes enhancing the SNAP program for nutrition, as well as student meals, seniors' nutrition and food banks, and increased federal funds for Medicaid."
Stocks roar back on hopes for government’s virus plan
Wall Street roared back from its worst day in 30 years Friday with a broad rally that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly 2,000 points higher — its biggest point gain ever — after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. More
Public schools across the country have begun to close over the coronavirus pandemic
At least a dozen states and a number of large urban school districts — including Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest — are shutting down all K-12 schools as part of a sweeping attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington and Alabama have ordered all schools closed. The governor of Kentucky has recommended closing all schools in that state. Major metropolitan districts in Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas, have also shuttered. And a growing number of smaller districts around the country have also chosen to close.
Below you can find links to the New England States elementary, middle and high schools that have announced plans to close due to coronavirus concerns starting Monday, March 16.
For Ma Schools Click here.
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For Vt Schools Click here
For Maine Schools Click here
For Ct Schools Click here
For Ri Schools Click here