Marisa Fernandez

Photo collage illustration of President Trump and a woman with a specimen bag.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Early missteps allowed the new coronavirus to spread throughout the U.S for weeks before state and local officials implemented strict lockdowns designed to keep the pandemic from spinning further out of control.

Why it matters: The U.S. missed the boat on the kind of swift, early response that would have been most effective, and has been scrambling to catch up ever since. This timeline, compiled from official sources as well as media reports, shows how that all-important time was lost.

Dec. 31, 2019: China reports the novel coronavirus to the World Health Organization.

Jan. 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China.

Jan. 15: The first U.S. case is confirmed, in a man who traveled from Wuhan.

Jan. 17: The World Health Organization publishes a protocol for manufacturing coronavirus tests.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opts to develop its own test instead of using the WHO’s.

Jan. 30: The WHO declares global health emergency.

Jan. 31: The Trump Administration suspended entry into the U.S. for most foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the past 14 days.

Feb. 5: The CDC begins shipping its diagnostic tests to state and local health agencies.

Feb. 8: Labs report problems with the CDC’s tests.

Feb. 24: President Trump tweets: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 29: Washington state reports the first COVID-19 death in the U.S.

  • The Food and Drug Administration allows academic labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.
  • The WHO reports 86,604 coronavirus cases worldwide.

March 5: LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics launch coronavirus test for commercial use.

March 9: Trump tweets: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

  • The WHO reports 114,381 coronavirus cases worldwide.

March 13: Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion in federal funds for states and territories.

March 15: 33 states and the District of Columbia closed public schools, according to Education Week. This included the New York City school system, the largest in the country.

March 16: Trump advises Americans to self-isolate for 15 days.

March 19: Trump signed into law an emergency coronavirus relief package for paid sick leave and free testing.

March 23: 9 states had stay-at-home orders.

  • Washington, Oregon, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

March 26: The U.S. now leads world in coronavirus cases.

  • 12 more states issue stay-at-home orders, totaling 21: Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Hawaii, Connecticut, Vermont and Delaware

March 29: Trump extends social distancing measures to April 30.

March 30: Nine more states issue stay-at-home orders, bringing the total to 30.

  • Governors say testing is still lacking in many states.

March 31: Trump warns of the potential for 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.

April 6: Twelve more states issue stay-at-home orders, bringing the total to 42.

2 thoughts on “Timeline: How the U.S. fell behind on the coronavirus”
  1. Allusions, Illusions,  Delusions, & Confusions !   If people hate, Trump, then the tuth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth will be what comes forth from those who present information that seeks to portray the Presidents events which have passed, and then devise schemes and seductively construe the schemes with vague and ambiguous falsehoods, and lots of Implicit Biases. Why, they hope to find persons anywhere to invoke, suggest, manufacture or cast a spell on, and conjure up false ideas, false agendas and false propaganda about the President all motivated by evil Slander and to Intentionaly “bear false witness”, against Trump, which God says not to do, for these evil people their underlying use of slander, which is to “murder the character” of the Presidnt because inside them they harbor and embrace “envy and covetous” sin in your heart, motivated with malice and bitterness and brainwashed with doctrines from demons.
    On the Day of Gods Judgements, the evils of the tongue & heart will be revealed.
    What will God say to those who have used their tongues to Slander & Assassinate Gods people, whom God has made in the Image and Likeness, of Jesus & God!
    Corona virus came from hell, from the Devil who works with the daily goal to find evil & beguiled people. The devil then mind washes all & with his sorcery, and makes many evil disciples with wicked Tongues. The devil deceivs them to join him & bond as comrades together, against the President and apply and use all manner of wicked conducts & disrupt good and then cause world insanity and hysteria while killing anyone, just to defame and malign  and hurt the President and the USA.
    Who’s “puppet” are you?
    As for me and my house, we will serve and follow God & our Lord!
    All other paths followed lead to eternal non-reversible consequences as the condemnation and sentance for what is done against Gods chosen people and children, He has made in his image!
    2020, April 16  

  2. Today, you’re a Peacock!

    LBRC- Medicine in America is “For Profit”, unlike lots of Europe and The
    Civilized World!!! Emergency Rooms are “Big Business”, even for symptoms only!
    You were told to stay home until after this Contemporary Passover! Fools temp The Most
    High! “Every Good and Perfect Thing is of The Most High”, however, Satan still
    rules, but for only a little while longer!

    The Seed of The Most High are “Covered”, just like with The Passover of old!
    Satan temps us too! Covid is not Perfect or Good! The reason you are home is because
    “Everything worketh for Good for those called according to His Purpose”! We
    have a “Hedge” and “No Weapon…”!!! Lots of those who threatened us
    are “No Longer Here”, even Heads of State!!!

    1. Remember when Doctors used to recommend Prescriptions rather than

    2. Americans pay “Higher” cost for similar treatments and
    “Prescriptions”, yet get the worst results! How many Doctors with Filthy Hands
    have killed? “Some” today, you declare heroes? There are actually busses on
    Canadian, Mexican Borders which regularly transport the sick and elderly seeking lower
    cost for drugs and treatment in Foreign Countries, even Cuba, after factoring in cost for

    3. Before this is all over aka Covid- 19, The Most High will make “All ‘a ‘y’all
    wash your Filthy Deceptive Hands, just before He Returns to Buckle and Bend Your
    knees”!!! Revelations 11:18 and 18:11 discusses those who are destroying The Earth- Covid is
    proving how quick it takes to clear our skies while they’re still attempting to poison it
    and His Seed!!! More Problematic for lots, including all The Negro “Plastic”
    Heads? Ans. Feet The Color of “Burnt Brass”, and “Hair Like Sheep’s
    Wool”!!! Uh oh…, “You’ll be sor…….ree”!!!

    btw- “Nothing new under the sun…”! Already Capitalistic Greed has convinced
    their Political minions to “Re- open in spite of risk”! 1st you refused and
    played with “Reparations”, contradicting what The Most High Mandated- “A
    Fair Weight for a Fair Measure”, just like what Pharaoh did! Though un- intended
    consequences rendered payments beyond your minimums to most of “The Working
    Poor”, those not slothful, to include but not limited to those of ADOS who have
    ” Accrued Discrimination and Racism” impacts- Still you Fool yourself into
    believing you can still mock The Word and The Most High with impunity! Just like with
    Moses, there are those in the Camp of The “Selected Seed”, still doing you
    bidding, Demons chasing Bags of Filthy Lucre, these “Flatter” you and cause
    lots to stumble because ‘Simps trust them, despite their “Record” of works aka
    “Their Fruit”! Their record is “Replete” with “Deception”!
    This is for them and you- The Most High is not mocked!!! His Word Will “Never” return
    void!!! Soon, very soon- “Every knee shall bow” and “There will be a
    gnashing of teeth…”, which defies description!!! Finally, take this to the bank-
    “Judgement will begin inside The “Real Church”, The Moles among His
    Select, The Contemporary Judas’ and Apostates who have deceived “Many”!!!
    Matthew Ch. 5 is REAL!!! You are none of His and He does not know you!!! Satan is your
    father!!! “If the hat doesn’t fit, you must acquit”, but if it does? Uh oh!!!

    Peace Out and Obedience, Abba Father, The Day is near and they have suffered His long
    enough!!! REPENT NOW!!!

    Final btw- There are Politicos, Apostates and others calling out from across “A
    Great Gulf Fixed”! They want to warn “you”! One asked to be allowed to
    warn his brother! It was told to him, your brother has already been warned, “I”
    have sent Prophets and others (Reading your mind- “We don’t claim to be
    Prophets”, more like “others” aka “He Chooses Who He Will”!!!)!

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