Trump to declare national state of emergency

Announcement set for 3 p.m. March 13


Kaia Myers

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advised people to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like phone screens to decrease the spread of the virus. President Donald Trump will be announcing a national State of Emergency to aid in coronavirus response, according to NBC Universal.

Marta Hill

President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency March 13 to provide faster and more direct relief surrounding COVID-19, according to NBC Universal. 

“I will be having a news conference today at 3:00 P.M., The White House. Topic: CoronaVirus!” Trump said in a tweet. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of noon March 12 there were 1,215 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Declaring a national emergency could help free up funding to help fight the pandemic. 

Additionally, in a tweet March 13 the Minnesota Senate DFL said Governor Tim Walz and Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom will announce a COVID-19 mitigation plan for Minnesotans.