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Top medical officials quietly go about savings lives. Trump criticized for lack of action early on and even today.

Corona Virus

Aggressive social distancing restrictions have helped Oregon avoid thousands of new cases of coronavirus and hundreds of additional hospitalizations.

But those distancing measures should continue for at least six more weeks to prevent a resurgence of the epidemic, according to the latest estimates from the Bellevue, Wash. Institute for Disease Modeling.

Here’s the latest developments from The Oregonian:  Click here.

Many officials in and out of government criticize President Trump for wasting time by not creating viral test kits during January, February and half of March thereby allowing the Covid-19 virus to establish a firm foothold clear across the U.S.  A number of states are trying to ramp up their own testing systems, but at the state level, it’s slow….especially when subjected to the shortcomings of a Trump directed federal government.  It takes researchers, equipment and on-the-ground manpower to give hundreds of thousands of tests.  And officials say the country is no where near capable of those numbers.  Researchers and administrators remind us that the U.S. was slow in trying to stop the Covid-19 invasion and even meager progress toward adequate testing.  It seems it all got caught in the same federal high level trap of  the White House pointing fingers, and shrugging shoulders instead of saving lives.

However the states are in the process of ramping up their own testing programs.  But they’re starting from scratch.  And their testing programs will be scattered among “hot spots.”  But at least they’re trying.  At the same time President Trump insists the country’s economy should be given more attention if not a higher priority.  One federal official said “There’s lots of push-back from others who contend “the economy” is more important.” But it can be equally asserted that “The nation’s economy can’t run on dead customers.”

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