US President Donald Trump signed two decrees declaring Connecticut and Oregon two major disaster areas due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Trump has issued instructions to provide federal budget aid to all affected areas of the two states, according to two White House statements.
Trump said federal funding, including federal direct aid, would be available to local state authorities in both states, indigenous communities, and some private non-profit organizations as part of emergency protection measures aimed at supporting efforts to combat the spread of the virus.
The affected institutions and regions will be compensated for 75% of their costs associated with the emergency response and protection measures in place.
For his part, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said, via “Twitter”, that the administration’s approval of the state’s declaration of a disaster area allows the opening of additional federal assistance programs for Connecticut, noting that this step is necessary to protect the health and safety of the people.
Consequently, the two states joined more than 15 other American states and regions, including New York, Washington, California, and Colorado, which Trump previously declared disaster areas.
According to the latest data published by the Johns Hopkins University, the US that tracks the spread of the “Covid-19” virus in the world, the number of people infected with the virus in the United States has exceeded 124 thousand people, of whom 2.2 thousand died.
In the afflicted state of Connecticut, the number of injuries reached more than 1500, while Oregon recorded nearly 480 cases.