He said that the US plans to send 2,500 new test kits out by the end of the week.
Several major USA health insurance companies have agreed to waive copays on COVID-19 coronavirus testing and will extend coverage on treatment, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Others have said that some patients, namely those who do not have insurance, won't be able to afford a vaccine for the virus if one gets developed. He did confirm that he himself has not been tested. But despite the spread, "the risk to the American public does remain low", said Redfield."We do have several community outbreaks" - citing the Seattle area; Santa Clara, California; Westchester County, New York; and Florida - "these are areas that we're investigating heavily to try to understand the transmission mechanisms there" and figure out how to mitigate the problem.
In 2019, more than 400,000 people attended the festival.
The crew members in question had transferred from the Grand Princess cruise ship in California where almost two dozen on board have tested positive for the virus, including multiple crew members.
In fact, there have been numerous, anecdotal reports of public health officials refusing or being unable to test people suspected of having the virus or medical workers who have been exposed to the virus because of a lack of test kits or bureaucratic snafus.
All 25 children on board have been found to be healthy.
The crew of the Grand Princess will be quarantined onboard, the Task Force said. Cruise line heads agreed to enhanced entry and exit screenings, to establish shipboard testing for the virus, along with new quarantine standards established by the CDC.
Turning to the economy, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin said that yesterday's stock market decline was due to an "unprecedented move in the oil markets". While there, Pence acknowledged that "We don't have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward".
"States are reporting results quickly, and in the event of a discrepancy between CDC and state case counts, the state case counts should always be considered more up to date", said Nancy Messonnier, who is responsible for overseeing CDC's response and research into respiratory diseases.
Airlines across the U.S. are continuing to feel the squeeze of the coronavirusoutbreak, with firms slashing yet more flights and bosses taking pay cuts in efforts to keep the companies' heads above water.
He did not provide details, but said a news briefing would be held on Tuesday.
Later in the press conference, he was asked if a bailout was on the table for the cruise industry, and did not answer the question.
In her letter, Murray expressed skepticism about the federal government's claims that it's rapidly scaling up the availability of testing.
And Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League issued a joint statement that they were closing their team locker rooms to reporters because of the virus threat. Some of the new protocol was expected to start taking effect early this week.
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