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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

Gov. Whitmer On Coronavirus Surge: 'It's A Dire Situation'

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As coronavirus cases start to overwhelm hospitals across the country, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) talks to Lawrence O'Donnell about what they need to help patients and to protect medical professionals.
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Watch Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan join Stephanie Ruhle to discuss how she's handling the spread of the coronavirus. Aired on 03/17/2020.
Michigan Governor Gretchin Whitmer tells Chris Hayes why she's supporting Joe Biden: "We know Joe—and more importantly, Joe knows Michigan." Aired on 3/5/2020.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joins to discuss the needs his state is having in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and what he's asking for from the Trump administration. Aired on 3/24/20.
Vice President Mike Pence participates in a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis, this after President Donald Trump tasked him with overseeing the U.S. response to the new coronavirus threat. (Feb. 28)

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JOINING US NOW IS GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER OF MICHIGAN.
GRETCHEN WHITMER OF MICHIGAN. GOVERNOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
GOVERNOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. WHAT DID YOU -- WHAT WAS YOUR
WHAT DID YOU -- WHAT WAS YOUR FEELING YESTERDAY WHEN YOU HEARD
FEELING YESTERDAY WHEN YOU HEARD AND SAW ANDREW CUOMO SAYING WE
AND SAW ANDREW CUOMO SAYING WE ARE YOUR FUTURE?
ARE YOUR FUTURE? HE WAS TALKING TO YOU.
HE WAS TALKING TO YOU. >> YEAH, WELL, GOVERNOR CUOMO IS
>> YEAH, WELL, GOVERNOR CUOMO IS RIGHT.
RIGHT. WHAT IS GOING ON IN NEW YORK IS
WHAT IS GOING ON IN NEW YORK IS GOING TO BE PLAYING OUT ALL
GOING TO BE PLAYING OUT ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND WE ARE
ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND WE ARE UNDER PREPARED.
UNDER PREPARED. WE’VE TAKEN SOME AGGRESSIVE
WE’VE TAKEN SOME AGGRESSIVE MEASURES IN MICHIGAN.
MEASURES IN MICHIGAN. YOU KNOW, WITH THIS NOVEL VIRUS
YOU KNOW, WITH THIS NOVEL VIRUS FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CURE, FOR
FOR WHICH THERE IS NO CURE, FOR WHICH THERE IS NOVAK VACCINE, TH
WHICH THERE IS NOVAK VACCINE, TH BEST TOOL WE HAVE AT THIS MOMENT
BEST TOOL WE HAVE AT THIS MOMENT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO MASKS AND
BECAUSE THERE ARE NO MASKS AND TESTS, THE BEST TOLL IS
TESTS, THE BEST TOLL IS MITIGATING IT BY NOT BEING
MITIGATING IT BY NOT BEING TOGETHER.
TOGETHER. THIS VIRUS CAN’T SPREAD FROM
THIS VIRUS CAN’T SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON IF WE’RE NOT
PERSON TO PERSON IF WE’RE NOT SPENDING TIME TOGETHER.
SPENDING TIME TOGETHER. WE’VE BEEN REALLY AGGRESSIVE.
WE’VE BEEN REALLY AGGRESSIVE. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING CLOSELY WHAT
WE’VE BEEN WATCHING CLOSELY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NEW YORK AND
IS HAPPENING IN NEW YORK AND WORKING HARD TO TRY TO GET AS
WORKING HARD TO TRY TO GET AS MUCH AS WE CAN OUT OF THE
MUCH AS WE CAN OUT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SUPPLEMENT IT BY TRYING TO MAKE
SUPPLEMENT IT BY TRYING TO MAKE DEALS WITH VENDERS ERORS ACROSS
DEALS WITH VENDERS ERORS ACROSS GLOBE BECAUSE WE HAVE A CRITICAL
GLOBE BECAUSE WE HAVE A CRITICAL NEED AND WHAT WE SEE IN NEW YORK
NEED AND WHAT WE SEE IN NEW YORK IS GOING TO PLAY OUT ACROSS THIS
IS GOING TO PLAY OUT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. MICHIGAN HAS THE FIFTH MOST
MICHIGAN HAS THE FIFTH MOST CASES IN THE COUNTRY.
CASES IN THE COUNTRY. WAYNE COUNTY WHERE DETROIT IS,
WAYNE COUNTY WHERE DETROIT IS, THREE OF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS
THREE OF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS THAT ARE AT CAPACITY NOW, WE ARE
THAT ARE AT CAPACITY NOW, WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CURVE.
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CURVE. WE’RE NOWHERE EVEN NEAR THE APEX
WE’RE NOWHERE EVEN NEAR THE APEX AND SO IT IS A DIRE SITUATION
AND SO IT IS A DIRE SITUATION RIGHT NOW AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE
RIGHT NOW AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE CALLING ON OUR RESIDENTS TO DO
CALLING ON OUR RESIDENTS TO DO THEIR PART BY STAYING AT HOME.
THEIR PART BY STAYING AT HOME. WE ARE TRYING TO PURSUE PPE
WE ARE TRYING TO PURSUE PPE EVERYWHERE WE CAN AND
EVERYWHERE WE CAN AND VENTILATORS JUST LIKE GOVERNOR
VENTILATORS JUST LIKE GOVERNOR YOU MOE
YOU MOE CUOMO WAS SAYING IN THE CLIP.
CUOMO WAS SAYING IN THE CLIP. >> I WAS LAST IN MICHIGAN A FEW
>> I WAS LAST IN MICHIGAN A FEW WEEKS AGO, FEELS LIKE THREE
WEEKS AGO, FEELS LIKE THREE WEEKS OR MORE TO INTERVIEW JOE
WEEKS OR MORE TO INTERVIEW JOE BIDEN AND I WAS LEAVING NEW YORK
BIDEN AND I WAS LEAVING NEW YORK TO GO TO GRAND RAPIDS TO DO THAT
TO GO TO GRAND RAPIDS TO DO THAT AND I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING FROM
AND I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING FROM ONE PLACE TO A SAFER PLACE.
ONE PLACE TO A SAFER PLACE. AND NOW THE SITUATION IN
AND NOW THE SITUATION IN MICHIGAN IS CATCHING UP WITH
MICHIGAN IS CATCHING UP WITH WHAT WAS ALREADY -- WE ALREADY
WHAT WAS ALREADY -- WE ALREADY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN NEW
KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN NEW YORK.
YORK. I’D LIKE TO LISTEN TO ROB
I’D LIKE TO LISTEN TO ROB DAVIDSON, A MICHIGAN PHYSICIAN
DAVIDSON, A MICHIGAN PHYSICIAN WHO JOINED US LAST NIGHT ON THIS
WHO JOINED US LAST NIGHT ON THIS PROGRAM FROM MICHIGAN.
PROGRAM FROM MICHIGAN. LET LISTEN TO THIS.
LET LISTEN TO THIS. >> YOU KNOW, THE REALITY IS WE
>> YOU KNOW, THE REALITY IS WE DON’T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT WE
DON’T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT WE NEED.
NEED. WE DON’T HAVE THE PERSONAL
WE DON’T HAVE THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. WE DON’T HAVE THE TESTS.
WE DON’T HAVE THE TESTS. I AM ROUTINELY OVER THIS WEEKEND
I AM ROUTINELY OVER THIS WEEKEND SEEING PATIENTS THAT ARE ALMOST
SEEING PATIENTS THAT ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY POSITIVE OR COULD BE
CERTAINLY POSITIVE OR COULD BE POSITIVE AND I CAN’T TELL THEM.
POSITIVE AND I CAN’T TELL THEM. I CAN TEST A CERTAIN NUMBER OF
I CAN TEST A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE.
PEOPLE. I CAN TEST PEOPLE SICK ENOUGH TO
I CAN TEST PEOPLE SICK ENOUGH TO GET ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL OR
GET ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL OR WITH IMMUNE COMPROMISED STATUS
WITH IMMUNE COMPROMISED STATUS OR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE
OR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WITH SYMPTOMS BUT
WORKERS WITH SYMPTOMS BUT EVENING ELSE I HAVE TO TELL
EVENING ELSE I HAVE TO TELL THEM, I’M SORRY, WE’RE NOT SURE,
THEM, I’M SORRY, WE’RE NOT SURE, WE DON’T KNOW AND WE’LL HAVE TO
WE DON’T KNOW AND WE’LL HAVE TO SEND YOU HOME TO SELF-ISOLATE.
SEND YOU HOME TO SELF-ISOLATE. >> GOVERNOR, ARE YOU GOING TO BE
>> GOVERNOR, ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS FEDERAL
ABLE TO USE THIS FEDERAL LEGISLATION WHEN CONGRESS PASTS
LEGISLATION WHEN CONGRESS PASTS IT TO IN ANY WAY ADDRESS WHAT
IT TO IN ANY WAY ADDRESS WHAT THE DOCTOR WAS TALKING ABOUT?
THE DOCTOR WAS TALKING ABOUT? >> THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT
>> THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WILL BE
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WILL BE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BUT WE NEED
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BUT WE NEED TEST KITS.
TEST KITS. WE NEED SWABS.
WE NEED SWABS. I ASKED FOR 200,000 SWABSPILE AN
I ASKED FOR 200,000 SWABSPILE AN KNOW THAT’S A CRITICAL NEED
KNOW THAT’S A CRITICAL NEED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEY ARE
ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEY ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FULFILLING
HAVING A HARD TIME FULFILLING IT.
IT. IF WE CAN’T DO THE TESTS, WE
IF WE CAN’T DO THE TESTS, WE CAN’T ISOLATE THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
CAN’T ISOLATE THE RIGHT PEOPLE. WE HAVE A HARD TIME ANTICIPATING
WE HAVE A HARD TIME ANTICIPATING IN MODELLING WHAT IT IS WE’RE IN
IN MODELLING WHAT IT IS WE’RE IN FOR AND WHAT WE’RE GOING TO
FOR AND WHAT WE’RE GOING TO PROJECT.
PROJECT. THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IS
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IS THE FINEST BRAINS ON THE PLANET.
THE FINEST BRAINS ON THE PLANET. WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM ON
WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM ON MODELLING AND THE MODELLING THAT
MODELLING AND THE MODELLING THAT WE WERE ORIGINALLY WORKING WITH
WE WERE ORIGINALLY WORKING WITH WAS VERY CONCERNING.
WAS VERY CONCERNING. WE ARE OUT PACING THE CONCERNING
WE ARE OUT PACING THE CONCERNING MODELLING THAT I JUST DESCRIBED.
MODELLING THAT I JUST DESCRIBED. AND SO THIS IS HAPPENING SO
AND SO THIS IS HAPPENING SO QUICKLY AND AS DR. DAVIDSON
QUICKLY AND AS DR. DAVIDSON DESCRIBED, WE DON’T HAVE THE
DESCRIBED, WE DON’T HAVE THE MASKS THAT OUR HEALTH CARE
MASKS THAT OUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS NEED OR THE GLOVES
PROFESSIONALS NEED OR THE GLOVES OR THE GOWNS, MUCH LESS THE
OR THE GOWNS, MUCH LESS THE VENTILATORS WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE
VENTILATORS WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM.
THAT NEED THEM. THAT’S WHY WE’RE PULLING OUT ALL
THAT’S WHY WE’RE PULLING OUT ALL THE STEPS AND MANUFACTURING WHAT
THE STEPS AND MANUFACTURING WHAT WE CAN HERE.
WE CAN HERE. WE ARE TRYING TO CONTRACT WITH
WE ARE TRYING TO CONTRACT WITH COMPANIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
COMPANIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND WE ARE DESPERATELY ASKING
AND WE ARE DESPERATELY ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RAMP
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RAMP UP THE TESTING AVAILABILITY AND
UP THE TESTING AVAILABILITY AND THE PPEs FROM THE NATIONAL
THE PPEs FROM THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE SO THAT WE CAN MEET
STOCKPILE SO THAT WE CAN MEET THE NEEDS.
THE NEEDS. OUR RECENT SHIPMENT FROM THE
OUR RECENT SHIPMENT FROM THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE WAS ENOUGH TO
NATIONAL STOCKPILE WAS ENOUGH TO MEET FOR ONE OF OUR HOSPITALS
MEET FOR ONE OF OUR HOSPITALS ONE SHIFT.
ONE SHIFT. NOT EVEN A WHOLE DAY’S WORTH OF
NOT EVEN A WHOLE DAY’S WORTH OF PPE THAT’S NECESSARY BUT ONE
PPE THAT’S NECESSARY BUT ONE SHIFT AND THAT’S HOW UNDER ABLE
SHIFT AND THAT’S HOW UNDER ABLE WE ARE TO MEET THE NEED AND

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