HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region starting tomorrow and could last until the weekend

CDC advises face coverings in public; recommendation is voluntary

The CDC is recommending Americans wear non-medical face coverings in public, President Trump says. The recommendation is voluntary and does not affect social-distancing guidelines.

News 12 Staff

Apr 3, 2020, 7:56 PM

Updated 1,536 days ago

Share:

CDC advises face coverings in public; recommendation is voluntary
The Coronavirus Task Force gives its daily White House briefing.
BRIEFING UPDATES:
-President Donald Trump applauded health care workers, first responders in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.
-The CDC is recommending Americans wear non-medical face coverings in public, President Trump says. The recommendation is voluntary and does not affect social-distancing guidelines.
-Trump said he probably will not wear a mask, "I don't see it for myself."
-Blue Cross Blue Shield said it will waive copay fees. Uninsured Americans will be reimbursed, Trump said.
-Federal government will provide 8.1 million N95 masks to New York City. 
-President Trump says he is directing FEMA to prevent export of N95 masks under Defense Production Act
-Expanding the role of Armed Forces and will help field hospitals around the country, including New York. 
-Banks are working to give small businesses loans, which will help people keep their jobs, according to Trump.
-Abbott Instruments have 18,000 machines but FEMA is ordering 1,200 more to be distributed across the country, said Vice President Mike Pence. Abbott has a 15-minute coronavirus test.
-FDA approved an antibody test to be used to examine ways to scale up the tests, said Pence.
-Dr. Deborah Birx said each state will have a different curve.
-Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said funds under Families First Coronavirus Cares Act will provide free health care for coronavirus patients. 
-Trump said he is leaving stay-at-home orders to the governors. 
PHOTOS: The impact of coronavirus around the world
undefined
 


More from News 12
2:20
HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

2:04
John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

14:52:13
13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat

13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat

1:54
Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

2:23
Westchester County preps for intense heat

Westchester County preps for intense heat

2:04
Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

1:33
Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

1:06
Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

0:18
Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

0:21
Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

0:39
State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

0:41
Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

1:54
Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

0:23
Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

1:01
Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

0:27
Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

1:45
Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

0:20
Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

0:28
​Poughkeepsie police: Man who pointed replica gun at officers disarmed, hospitalized

​Poughkeepsie police: Man who pointed replica gun at officers disarmed, hospitalized

1:52
Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham

Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham