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Michigan Gov. Whitmer slammed by home state paper for allegedly playing politics in middle of coronavirus crisis

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An editorial in The Detroit News slammed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, accusing her of playing politics during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must send an unequivocal message to her constituents that Michigan is her priority in this hour of crisis,” the editorial, which was published on Saturday, said. “Her running feud with President Donald Trump calls into question whether she’s acting in the best interests of this state, or on behalf of the Democratic Party.”

“Unfortunately she’s sending conflicting signals about her priorities and motivations,” the article continued.

Whitmer, like her counterparts in other states, has seen her profile rise in recent weeks as the nation’s leaders coordinate response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan, and in particular the Detroit metropolitan area, has quickly become a hotspot for the virus. As of Sunday, Michigan was reporting the third most coronavirus cases with 14,225, following New Jersey and New York with 34,124 and 114,174 respectively, according to data compiled by Fox News. Michigan reported the third most deaths in the country with 540, according to the data.

Whitmer, who ran for governor as a pragmatic liberal, emphasizing her bipartisanship while pledging to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads, rarely talked about Trump before the election or after. But as a frequent guest on national media in recent weeks, Whitmer has criticized the federal response while pleading for ventilators, personal protection equipment and test kits.

“We have no criticism of how Whitmer is handling this crisis; she is taking the same steps as most other governors in states hard hit by the virus,” the editorial said. “But she’s also assumed the role of designated Democratic attack dog in this crisis, appearing almost daily on cable news shows to criticize the administration’s handling of the virus response. That creates confusion about whether Whitmer is advocating for her Michigan constituents, or carrying out her duties as co-chair of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, or worse, serving her own ambition to be vice president.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed last week that he is considering Whitmer, a rising star in the Democratic Party, as a potential running mate in his White House bid.

Republicans were especially upset after she implied during a Friday radio interview that the Trump administration was intentionally withholding medical supplies from Michigan.

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Last weekend, Trump called her “Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer,” charging that she was in “way over her head” and “doesn’t have a clue” about how to handle the health crisis. Two days earlier, Trump said he had instructed Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the White House pandemic response, not to call “the woman in Michigan.” The editorial brought up the fact that Trump had reportedly called Whitmer “the woman from Michigan.”

“She responded by showing up on a late night talk show wearing a t-shirt bearing those words while disingenuously  declaring that this is no time to play politics,” the editorial said. “It certainly isn’t. It’s also no time to engage in a silly tit-for-tat with the president.”

Trump has since deleted the tweet. In a Tuesday press briefing, he said he had a productive conversation with Whitmer earlier in the day. Whitmer has also backed away from feuding with the president as the state grapples with the escalating crisis.

The editorial noted that “Michigan needs a lot from the federal government, including help managing the overwhelming number of unemployment claims that are suddenly being filed.”

In Michigan more than 311,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance during the week ending on March 28, more than double from the week before.

“Citizens are better served if their leaders at all level of government set politics aside and work together,” the opinion piece continued. “Partisanship is unacceptable when lives are at stake.”

It went on to say that the Michigan governor should follow the examples of other Democratic governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom of California who have “found a way to work collaboratively with the Trump administration.”

“Both have had differences with the president in the past, but they’ve set them aside for the good of their states,” the editorial said.

CALIF. GOV. NEWSOM TELLS CNN TRUMP HAS BEEN ‘RESPONSIVE’ TO STATE’S NEEDS: ‘I’D BE LYING’ TO SAY OTHERWISE

Cuomo had acknowledged that the Trump administration was helping New York and Newsom commended President Trump for his attentiveness to the Golden State’s needs amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying he’d be “lying” if he said otherwise.

During an interview last Wednesday, Newsom was pressed by CNN anchor Jake Tapper about whether the governor’s public praise for Trump was all in order to prevent him from “punishing” his state.

“I’d be lying to you to say that he hasn’t been responsive to our needs. He has,” the governor said. “And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly.”

Whitmer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the editorial in The Detroit News.

However, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” she told host Chris Wallace that none of the comments she has made have been personal and that she doesn’t “wage those kinds of political attacks.”

She said on Sunday that a better national strategy is needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic and that Trump’s assertion that the federal government should not be the first line of defense against the contagion is “creating a more porous situation.”

Whitmer did say she was grateful for the 400 ventilators her state had received from the federal government and that she wasn’t waging any political attacks against Trump during the outbreak, but she added that the current “patchwork” approach to combatting the virus could lead to more people getting sick and dying.

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When Wallace asked Whitmer if politics is “being played here both you towards the president and the president towards you,” she said “not on my part.”

“I didn’t ask to be thrust in the national spotlight,” she said. “I don’t like attacks frankly, but at the end of the day, my job, I’ve been on this job for 15 months, my job is to do everything I can to protect the ten million people in Michigan.”

“That means locking arms with everyone who is going to be an ally and welcoming all people that want to be helpful and that’s why we’re asking for help,” she continued. “Nationally Michigan is a hot spot. We need assistance and I’m grateful for any partnership at the federal level or any partnerships with businesses that want to help out because we desperately need PPE. Lives are on the line here.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Joseph Wulfsohn, Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Devin Nunes on Trump considering second task force to reopen economy

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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., reacted on Sunday to President Trump’s statement the day before saying he is considering creating a second coronavirus task force focused on reopening America’s economy.

“We’ve never actually unplugged an entire economy and don’t forget it’s almost an entire global economy so clearly things have to happen,” Nunes said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday.

Nunes then said that he thinks “one of the most important opportunities that we have as we look forward” is trying to get access to “that blood test that tests whether or not an American has had this [COVID-19] in the past so that we actually would know those of us that have been exposed to this because we know this virus is extremely contagious.”

He added, “What we know from the past is that there’s a lot of people who don’t show the symptoms. So one of the optimistic things that we have on the horizon here is the approval of the test where people could take blood tests, those people then could go back out in the workforce.”

When asked if he has any indication of how far America is from getting the economy back on track, Nunes said, “It’s really between what are the hot spots and what are not.”

“The president has been pretty clear that he wants the governors to decide and I think that’s best,” he continued, adding that deciding on the county or city level might be an even better idea.

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He explained that letting “local politicians and the local doctors that are monitoring the situation on the ground” decide would be a good option.

As of Sunday, there were more than 371,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. with more than 9,000 deaths reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

California is one of the states with the most coronavirus cases reported with more than 13,900, following Michigan, New Jersey and New York, according to data compiled by Fox News.

Nunes who spoke from California on Sunday, noted that not everyone has stopped working during the new coronavirus outbreak.

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“I’m in an agricultural region and we can’t stop,” he said. “We have animals that have to eat. We have plants that have to be tended to so a lot of folks in the San Joaquin Valley, which is that big valley in the middle of California, our folks are going to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day to make sure that people have an abundant food supply in this country.”

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FDA commissioner Hahn: ‘We have been working with vaccine manufacturers for weeks now’

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that the agency has “been working with vaccine manufacturers for weeks now.”

Hahn made the comment after host Maria Bartiromo asked him, “If the Chinese were to create a vaccine in six months or less and they release it at scale to the U.S., is the FDA ready to quickly review that data to make this vaccine available to the United States?”

“We are prepared to look at any data around any medical product and in particular vaccines because that’s obviously the answer for the next season,” Hahn said.

“What I can assure the American people is that we will look at all the data and science, it’s our job to make sure that that data and science show us that a vaccine, in this particular case, is safe and effective,” he added.

Hahn then pointed out that the FDA has been working with vaccine manufacturers for weeks.

Currently, there is no known specific medicine to treat the novel coronavirus.

“A candidate vaccine was put into clinical trial several weeks ago, and that is the beginning of the process,” Hahn said on Sunday. “This is record speed for the development of a vaccine, but we’ll look at data from any source, but we will ensure, this is our job, the safety and effectiveness of any medical products including vaccines.”

On Friday, in a news release, the FDA announced that the agency is continuing to “play a critical role in accelerating medical countermeasures to treat and prevent COVID-19.”

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“As part of the response to this pandemic, the agency is taking the lead on a national effort to facilitate the development of, and access to, two investigational therapies derived from human blood,” the release said. “These are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin and are antibody-rich blood products made from blood donated by people who have recovered from the virus.”

The products can be administered to people diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the FDA, which added that currently there is “limited data to suggest that convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin may have benefit in the COVID-19 illness.”

The FDA stressed that that is why the “evaluation of these therapies in the context of a clinical trial and expanded access program is so important.”

On Sunday, Bartiromo brought up prophylaxis, defined as the prevention of a specific disease by studying the biological behavior and transmission of its causative agent and then applying a series of measures against it.

She asked Hahn, “How close are you in terms of finding the proper prophylaxis right now so we can get a shot and get immunity for 60 to 90 days to eventually open up the economy again even if it’s temporary?”

Hahn acknowledged that “we absolutely need to get back to work” and need to balance that with the public health issues.

Her question comes as government leaders have shut down much of the American economy in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Hahn then brought up that the FDA has been working on convalescent plasma for the past two months.

“What that means is we take plasma from a patient who has recovered from COVID-19, it has all of the immunity in there, and then we can give it to someone who is sick,” Hahn explained.

He added that “once we determine that that’s safe, effective, we then move to … hyperimmune globulin.”

Hahn explained that that process involves pulling plasma “from a lot of recovering patients, manufacture it, scale it up and give it as a shot.”

He went on to say that hyperimmune globulin can work as a therapeutic and potential treatment, but stressed “we have to study it and we’re doing this quickly.”

Hahn also said “that there are manufactures, great companies in the U.S. that have a lot of experience develop[ing] what we call monoclonal antibodies, so that’s actually genetically engineered antibodies, different from taking it from a patient but against the coronavirus, and we have been working with them for several weeks also, to try to scale that up … as a bridge to get to a vaccine.”

When asked if there are any drugs that are currently in short supply in America given some are imported from overseas including China, Hahn said, “Right now, we don’t have any evidence that there’s a drug in short supply because of anyone blocking the active pharmaceutical agreement ingredients coming to us.”

He added that the FDA is “monitoring that very closely.”

“I can tell the American people that critical medications are available, but there are spot shortages because of increased demand, so we are working very closely with domestic and international suppliers to increase the supply of those,” he explained.

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Hahn added, “We absolutely must address the issue of redundancy in our manufacturing, and we must absolutely make an effort to have domestic manufacturing as well.”

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Food It Forward supporting PA restaurants and essential workers with gift cards

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Leslie Gudel, the founder of “Food It Forward,” which is helping Pennsylvania restaurants forced to close during the coronavirus outbreak, said on “Fox & Friends First” on Friday that the initiative is “working well to be able to touch various people on all levels.”

Speaking via Skype, Gudel described how the group is purchasing gift cards and then donating them to families in need as well as first responders.

“I thought about trying to help local restaurants because I have several friends who own local restaurants and it’s a tough time for them right now so I thought we have a foundation that we use for my daughter’s health condition and I thought, ‘Why don’t we run this through the foundation?’”

The foundation is called “Kendall’s Crusade” and aims to help those impacted by aneurysms and Arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which occurs most often in the brain or spine, according to the Mayo Clinic. A brain AVM is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Gudel said she thought using her foundation to spread awareness about AVM while helping those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic would be a good idea.

“I put a message out on Facebook and asked some friends if they wanted to give back to the local community and I had 12 women step forward and we created ‘Food It Forward’ and we’re taking in donations to be able to help them,” she said. “Then I thought, ‘What do we do with the gift cards we buy from the local restaurants?’”

She said she figured she could give them to local hospitals, first responders and food banks in her community who need the gift cards the most.

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“Food It Forward” is helping to support 40 restaurants and purchased $17,600 worth of gift cards so far, which were then distributed.

“It’s really starting to gear toward the food banks a little bit because the need is growing so much, there are six area food banks who we’re giving back to at this point,” she said.

She noted that “Food It Forward” reached more than $30,000 in donations on Thursday.

“It’s just one of those things that, wow, we could help so many people at one time,” Gudel said.

“We’ve had people from outside our community ask to take part, other restaurants have asked [to be part of it] and we just can’t manage more than we have, with 40 restaurants and a small volunteer crew,” she added. “We want to keep it here in our community and I just encourage others to do the same thing.”

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If you would like to learn more or get involved visit: FoodItForwardte.org

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Larry Kudlow on March job losses: Coronavirus caused temporary interruption of a ‘very prosperous’ economy

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President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow reacted Friday to the U.S. losing more than 700,000 jobs in March saying he thinks “the numbers are also going to be very poor” in the weeks ahead.

“This is an interruption of what was a very prosperous economy, it is an interruption from the virus and the necessary mitigation efforts to deal with the virus,” Kudlow said on “America’s Newsroom” on Friday.

He added that “this is a very deep contraction.”

“The numbers are going to come in very badly, they are going to look terrible in the weeks ahead,” he said.

He did not want to forecast exactly how long unemployment numbers will be “very poor,” saying “that’s up to the health people.”

The U.S. lost 701,000 jobs in March, snapping a decade-long record of employment growth, as strict measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and forced Americans to stay at home. It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010, and the steepest since March 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession.

The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4 percent, up from a half-century low of 3.5 percent in February.

Kudlow said the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the economy in the face of the pandemic are “historic.”

“We have devoted enormous resources and work with our rescue package to add cash and liquidity, try to keep individuals and families, keep them afloat, keep their small businesses afloat,” Kudlow said.

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“We’ve worked and coordinated with the Federal Reserve, [which] was never before. The total package is 6.2 trillion dollars, that’s about a third of [Gross Domestic Product] GDP, a third of our economy, that’s how widespread and massive [the stimulus package is]. This is a historic effort.”

Kudlow acknowledged that the current situation is “tough,” adding, “We’re doing everything we can to deal with it and make it perhaps a little easier.”

“We’re trying to save jobs, save payrolls and save businesses so that, and this is maybe the key point, when this virus runs its course, as it will, it is not permanent, this is a temporary issue, as it runs its course, the American economy will be ready to snap back,” he continued. “I believe that’s going to happen well before the end of the year.”

Last week, President Trump signed a more than $2 trillion legislative package to combat the coronavirus pandemic and send economic relief to workers and businesses squeezed by restrictions meant to stop the outbreak’s spread after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the legislation earlier in the day.

The legislation amounts to the costliest stimulus plan in U.S. history. It includes checks for most Americans, boosted unemployment aid, help for small business as well as a massive loan fund for corporations.

When host Sandra Smith asked Kudlow what the exact timeline is to get the economy running again he said, “The first thing is really to implement this phase three assistance plan. To implement it, execute it, to make sure it gets to all the men and women and families and businesses and so forth, that’s really priority number one.”

“The second point I’ll make is this pandemic and the mitigation effects essentially interrupted what was a very strong economic boom from prior policies and the private sector coming alive,” he added. “I say that because I believe the economy is fundamentally sound.”

He went on to say once “this interruption” is over, “then I think people will come back strong and I think business will come back strong.”

Kudlow said he doesn’t think “it’s going to take years and decades to recover from this.”

“We’ve had health waves, problems like this before, we’ve come back pretty rapidly,” he noted.

“I may be wrong, but I will maintain, as I think most people, most economists believe, that this virus, the pandemic and the actions to mitigate it are temporary and therefore, the difficulties and the interruptions I talked about will prove to be temporary,” Kudlow stressed.

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“Our job right now is to help as many Americans as we can with this assistance so they can get through this. That’s our job. But I think at some point it will be over. It will wash through.”

Fox Business’ Megan Henney and Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Oklahoma pizzeria owner on small business loan program: It’s a ‘band-aid’ but it won’t last long

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Oklahoma pizzeria owner Mike Bausch called the federal relief for small businesses to deal with the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic a temporary “band-aid that will fix what we have going on right now,” adding that “if it continues, we are going to need more from the states.”

Bausch, the owner of Andolini’s Pizzeria in Tulsa, made the comments on “Fox & Friends” on Friday. He added that “the states have just shut stuff down and done the safety measures, but the [federal government] is what is taking care of us right now and it’s not going to be enough.”

Bausch, who owns 11 restaurants, said he is currently “down to five, purely doing curbside and delivery.” He added that as a result, he had to furlough about 150 employees.

“That was a hard pill to swallow,” he said.

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Many lenders across the U.S. are expecting an influx of activity on Friday, the first day small businesses can begin applying for the federal relief program called for under the massive multitrillion-dollar stimulus package signed into law last week.

The Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, is designed to incentivize companies with fewer than 500 employees to retain staff despite difficult economic conditions that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants can receive up to $10 million, which can be forgiven in certain cases. At least 75 percent of the money must be put toward payroll costs. However, payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis per employee.

“We immediately jumped on filling out the loan and getting with the SBA [Small Business Administration],” Bausch said. “It’s not the easiest of processes. We understand why. Nonetheless, we wish it was easier, getting over 20 documents together immediately so our bankers are fully prepared so that that way, when everyone does come back to work, we can go back to status normal.”

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He went on to say that his goal is always to hire as many workers as possible, but it will be hard to furlough workers and then expect them to come back.

“It’s a transient industry, some people come back or move on for whatever reason.”

In addition to PPP, small business owners can apply for relief through the SBA’s economic injury disaster loan program. Sometimes both programs can be an option.

“The word ‘furlough’ or ‘layoff’ has never been in my professional vocabulary, it’s not what we do,” Bausch said on Friday.

He then noted that “without doing anything wrong, just overnight, your legs are cut out from under you.”

“The goal here is to fix it and we’re very happy that Congress as a whole mobilized quickly, but that was done on the federal level,” he noted, stressing the fact that if the coronavirus outbreak continues he hopes states will intervene.

He said that in the meantime, he is helping his employees by providing them free food and creating a “staff fund,” which includes 20 percent of the proceeds from gift cards that the pizzeria sells.

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“Having to say to someone, ‘Sorry we don’t have a job for you anymore,’ when we were a thriving restaurant doing everything well, it’s just an insane proposition,” Bausch said.

Fox Business’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.

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95-year-old WWII veteran beats the odds, survives coronavirus: ‘Have a positive attitude’

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A 95-year-old World War II veteran who beat the odds and survived the novel coronavirus said on “Fox and Friends First” on Friday that listening to his doctor’s orders to stay positive helped him recover.

Bill Kelly, a Navy veteran from Oregon, described his symptoms as being “quite tired” and not having an appetite.

“I had to force myself to eat and to get my strength up,” he said.

He added, “I did get plenty of rest and I did obey the doctors and nurses requirements what to do and to do it with a positive attitude.”

“They mentioned to me a lot of this is psychological too in a person’s mind and to have a negative attitude about something, it does affect that,” Kelly continued.

The Oregonian previously reported that Kelly’s underlying medical conditions include kidney disease, a congenital heart condition and high blood pressure.

He said his thoughts as he was fighting COVID-19 were, “’Do what you are told, go to sleep and get rest and things will work out. Have a positive attitude and get with it.’”

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In a Facebook post last month, Ayers-Etherington, 41, revealed her grandfather’s diagnosis but added he was “kicking it in the butt.”

“In his words, ‘I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this [coronavirus] bull—-,’” she wrote. “He has strong mental resolve. He has seen tough times and knows how to get through them.”

On Friday she described what it was like when she first heard her grandfather contracted COVID-19. She said that she first noticed Kelly wasn’t feeling well on March 15.

“We all live together, there’s four generations in this house right now, I came home and I just noticed that he’d been in bed. He just didn’t want to get up,” Ayers-Etherington said.  “He just didn’t look like he was feeling very well and I asked him how he was feeling and he was like, ‘You know I am just not feeling great.’”

“He was complaining of really bad body aches as well, his legs, his lower back, so I took his temperature, he had a low-grade temperature so I called his doctor, and they were like, ‘Yeah you better bring him in,’ so we did and it was kind of scary because they just took him and couldn’t be with him at all. We just had to go home and wait to hear from the doctors,” she continued.

She said the doctors called her the next day and told her that he could be discharged.

“They were like, ‘OK we got his fever down, we think it’s some bug, some virus, nothing major, you can come get him,’” Ayers-Etherington said. “They were not going to test him and the only reason they did is because my husband is a MedEvac helicopter pilot and has been transporting COVID-19 patients so they were like, ‘We better test him just to make sure’ and lo and behold … he found out that he was positive.”

Ayers-Etherington said her grandfather was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 17.

When asked how he is feeling now Kelly said, “I feel fine, still a little tired.”

“I am gaining strength day by day, but other than that I’m coming along just fine,” he continued.

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Oregon is reporting 826 coronavirus cases and 21 deaths, according to data compiled by Fox News.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Doctor’s Facebook post goes viral after officer gives her masks instead of speeding ticket: ‘I burst into tears’

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Dr. Sarosh Janjua, a cardiologist who was caught speeding by a Minnesota state trooper and was “issued” five brand new N95 masks instead of a ticket, said on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that she “needed to be reminded that ultimately it’s not toilet paper and N95 masks that are going to save us, it’s each other.”

Janjua said she lives in Massachusetts and was working on temporary assignment in Minnesota last month.

On March 21, Janjua was headed to Minneapolis after getting off work at Essentia Health in Duluth when she was pulled over by Trooper Brian Schwartz for going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Monday.

One week after she was pulled over, Janjua described what happened during the traffic stop in a Facebook post.

“I waited for him to write me a ticket. Instead, he told me he was going to let me off with a warning,” Janjua wrote.

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She said he then handed her what she assumed was her license back, but were “five N95 masks, from the supply the state had given him for his protection.”

Doctors and nurses at U.S. hospitals treating coronavirus patients have reported a shortage of N95 masks, making them a priceless commodity.

“I burst into tears. And though it may just have been the cold wind, I think he teared up a little as well, before wishing me well and walking away,” Janjua wrote in the post.

Speaking via FaceTime on Wednesday, Janjua said, “It’s been very isolating to take care of suspected COVID-19 patients.

“It’s hard to look at stories of selfishness and hoarding,” she continued. “Whenever you turn on the news it seems like there are more stories of people clearing the shelves and keeping things for themselves rather than giving them away and, I think particularly at that time, I really needed to believe that we’re going to stay together as human beings and I needed to be reminded that ultimately it’s not toilet paper and N95 masks that are going to save us, it’s each other.”

Janjua’s Facebook post has gone viral and, as of Wednesday, had more than 29,000 views and was shared more than 23,000 times.

Reacting to the response on social media, she said, “I think the emotional and psychological health of this nation has declined quite a bit over the last couple of weeks especially and it can be very hard to just be locked up at home and just listen to the news and just look at all the scary numbers and we’re not interacting the way we normally do to reassure ourselves about things.

“I think people just needed to hear a good story,” she continued. “They needed to hear that we are going to be there for each other.”

Minnesota State Patrol thanked Janjua in a Facebook post on Sunday, writing, “Thank you to Sarosh for her hard work and dedication. Troopers are working hard during the pandemic and are thinking about all the first responders who are caring for Minnesotans during this critical time.

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“It was humbling,” Janjua continued. “I think state troopers and policemen, they often get a very bad rap simply for doing their jobs and I just think that it’s time they got their due recognition.”

 Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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USNS Mercy mission aims to ease strain on Los Angeles-area hospitals, commander says

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Capt. John Rotruck, the commander of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy, told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that the hospital ship, stocked with supplies and medical personnel to aid in the coronavirus pandemic response, acts “as a relief valve to local hospitals” in the Los Angeles area.

California has seen over 5,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 120 deaths, according to data compiled by Fox News. The state has been ranked third in the country for the most coronavirus cases after New York and New Jersey.

President Trump deployed the 1,000-bed hospital ship from the Naval Station in San Diego and it arrived in Los Angeles this past Friday to “serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients” currently hospitalized on land.

“The Mercy is here to take care of non-COVID infected patients so that we can bring those patients aboard and act as a relief valve to local hospitals,” Rotruck said aboard the ship.

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“Five days after the activation order, we set sail,” he said, adding that once the ship arrived in Los Angeles, “we were ready to see patients,” especially because crew members did “a lot of team training” while they were en route to LA.

Mercy departed San Diego on Monday with more than 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff. It also carried more than 70 civil service mariners operating and navigating the ship, helping with repairs and loading and off-loading mission cargo, Fox 11 reported.

The hospital ship will offer general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, the station reported. The goal has been to allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for hospitals there to use their intensive-care units and ventilators for those patients, the station added.

When asked about the morale, Rotruck said, “I sense tremendous enthusiasm amongst our entire crew.”

“This is an exciting mission for us,” he continued. “It’s a rare chance that we actually get to help our fellow Americans on American soil. That is definitely a demonstration of the power of Navy medicine on behalf of our country.”

On Saturday, Trump was on hand in Norfolk, Va., to bid bon voyage to another U.S. Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, bound for New York City.

Before saluting the “fully loaded” ship, Trump praised the 1,200 medical personnel aboard as the military’s “greatest weapon” in the pandemic response. The ship has 12 operating rooms, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, a helicopter deck and more, Trump said.

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As for the Mercy, Rotruck said every crew member was screened before boarding the ship — and patients who will be treated on the ship also would go through a screening process “to ensure that they do not have COVID.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Graham slams Pelosi, says she held up coronavirus aid to add ‘liberal special-interest shopping list’

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In an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments “disgusting,” referring to her claims that President Trump had denied the seriousness of the coronavirus and delayed ramping up the federal government’s response, what she called a “deadly” mistake.

“His denial at the beginning was deadly, his delaying of getting equipment… to where it is needed is deadly, and now the best thing would be to do is to prevent more loss of life, rather than open things up so that, because we just don’t know,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“She said she’s blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he’s led the country,” Graham told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history.”

He added, “This is the same speaker of the House who held up the bill in the Senate for days because she wanted same-day voting, she wanted carbon neutrality for the airlines, she wanted $75 million for the endowment for the humanities and $25 million for the Kennedy Center.”

Graham continued, “She is the one that held up the package in the Senate for days to get the Green New Deal put in a recovery package, so it’s the most shameful, disgusting thing I’ve heard yet, and it needs to stop.”

Pelosi also claimed Trump suggested he would relax federal guidelines on business closures and social distancing in some parts of the country, arguing that the U.S. “should be taking every precaution” and questioning whether Trump was listening to public health officials’ suggestions.

“As the president fiddles, people are dying. We just have to take every precaution,” she added.

Pelosi’s comments came after the president repeatedly said last week that he wanted to open the country back up as soon as possible.

On Friday, Trump signed the massive legislative package to combat the coronavirus pandemic and send economic relief to workers and businesses squeezed by restrictions meant to stop the outbreak’s spread. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly had approved the legislation earlier in the day.

Graham told Bartiromo, “We took most of the garbage out, but for [Pelosi] to blame this president for causing loss of life after she held up the relief package for days to get a liberal special-interest shopping list in the bill is pretty disgusting.”

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The legislation, approved by voice vote despite 11th-hour drama arising from a GOP lawmaker’s concerns, has amounted to the costliest stimulus plan in U.S. history. It included checks for most Americans and provided unemployment aid, help for small businesses and a massive loan fund for corporations – at a time when unemployment has been surging at a record pace, a consequence of businesses closing in compliance with social-distancing guidelines.

On Sunday, Graham also explained why he had a problem with what he called a loophole regarding unemployment benefits in the aid package. According to the legislation, unemployment insurance would be far more generous, with $600 per week tacked onto regular state jobless payments through the end of July.

“If you make $15 an hour for a 40-hour week, that’s $600 a week,” Graham said. “My goal was to make sure that in the unemployment part of the package, we made you whole, that you were laid off, no fault to your own, you’d get $600 a week.”

“We increased your pay by 50 percent,” he noted. “That’s going to make it harder to get people back into the workforce, it’s going to incentivize people not to go back into the workforce and it’s going to make it harder for people to hire new employees.”

He went on to say that the stimulus package just added $600 for an unemployed person, meaning: “We took a $15-an-hour employee who was making $600 working, we’re going to pay them $926 in South Carolina not to work.”

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Graham continued, “We have got to fix that, some smart person needs to develop software that can pay your actual wages, not increase your wages in unemployment.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’ Reilly, Marisa Schultz and Chad Pergram, Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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