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White House unveils blueprint to help states

Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 00:40:37-04

The Trump Administration says it's rapidly expanding the availability of testing which they say will help states meet guidelines needed to reopen businesses across the country. But some state officials say they still have a ways to go before they can reopen. This as universities and colleges consider options for the fall as they also face new lawsuits.

With states clamoring for more aggressive testing as the push to reopen the White House unveiled a blueprint they say will get states the resources they need.

"So I think now that we've expanded testing dramatically, and CDC has altered the criteria for testing. I think you will see as governors have unlocked more and more potential in their laboratories," said Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus task Force.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, an ardent supporter of the president, assured Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday that the state could meet the current demand for tests, saying they had more tests than demand.

But the responsibility for testing still falls on the states and critics say the Trump administration's plan doesn't provide solutions as to how to administer the high volume of tests they need. And not every state has passed its apex. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says his state has flattened the curve but it's not enough to start reopening the state.

With millions still kept at home, frustration is mounting among some college students. Vanderbilt University is being sued by a student seeking a return of tuition and fees and the University of California and California State systems were each hit with class-action suits demanding a return of springtime fees.

As colleges consider when to reopen Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says they're looking at making changes to classes, residence halls, and dining areas to protect students and faculty.

"Our students in overwhelming numbers say they want to be here. We think we can do it but we don't pretend to have all the answers."

And as healthcare workers continue the fight on the frontlines, Thursday the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels honored their work with formation flights over New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Also, another house pet has tested positive for COVID-19. A dog in North Carolina which researches say is the first known instance of a dog contracting the virus. The dog's owners previously tested positive.