President Donald Trump went to the Federal Emergency Management Agency along with members of his coronavirus task force to hold a conference call with governors from around the country. (March 19)
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President Donald Trump's video conference with state governors on Thursday was meant to highlight coordination among the nation's top elected officials as they fight the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, it illustrated their differences.
As Gov. JB Pritzker announced three more COVID-19-related deaths and 134 new confirmed cases Thursday, he also expressly asserted that interstate highways, gas stations, grocery stores and other essential services will not close as a response to the pandemic.
The leader of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association asked other industries to donate masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment to the more than 200 hospitals across the state as they treat patients for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.