Coronavirus Timeline

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January 8, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues its first alert for U.S. clinicians to be “on the look-out for patients with respiratory systems and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.”
January 8, 2020
January 18, 2020
President Trump plays golf during his four hours at the Trump International Golf Club.
January 18, 2020
January 21, 2020
The first coronavirus case in the U.S. is reported.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases says, “We do expect additional cases in the United States and globally.”
January 21, 2020
January 22, 2020
Asked in a CNBC interview if there are worries about a pandemic at this point, President Trump says, “No. No. Not at all. And - we're - we have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's - going to be just fine.”
January 22, 2020
January 29, 2020
Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, circulated a memo inside the West Wing that said, “The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil. This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”
January 29, 2020
January 30, 2020
President Trump holds a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

(photo: CBS News)
January 30, 2020
January 30, 2020
The World Health Organization declares the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
January 30, 2020
February 1, 2020
President Trump tweets a picture of himself playing golf.
February 1, 2020
February 5, 2020
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus. The officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, said they “didn’t need emergency funding, that they would be able to handle it within existing appropriations.”

February 5, 2020
February 10, 2020
At a political rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, President Trump says, “And by the way, the virus, they're working hard. Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

In a speech to the Governor’s Business Session at the White House, President Trump says, “Now, the virus that we're talking about having to do - you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat - as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April.”
February 10, 2020
February 13, 2020
Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says, “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”
February 13, 2020
February 19-21, 2020
President Trump holds three rallies on consecutive days, in Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and Las Vegas respectively.
February 19-21, 2020
February 23, 2020
Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, wrote a memo to numerous officials through the NSC, that warned of an “increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1.2 million souls.”
February 23, 2020
February 24, 2020
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!"
February 24, 2020
February 25, 2020
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says, “We expect we will see community spread in this country. It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”
February 25, 2020
February 27, 2020
At remarks to African American leaders in the White House, President Trump says, “But we have done an incredible job. We’re going to continue. It’s going to disappear. One day - it’s like a miracle - it will disappear.”
February 27, 2020
February 29, 2020
The first death from COVID-19 on American soil is confirmed.
February 29, 2020
March 7, 2020
President Trump says, “We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well and we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject on the virus.”
March 7, 2020
March 10, 2020
At a congressional hearing, Dr. Robert Redfield, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, testified, “The truth is we've not invested, we've underinvested in the public health labs. There's not enough equipment, there's not enough people, there's not enough internal capacity, there's no surge capacity.”
March 10, 2020
March 12, 2020
At a meeting with Republican lawmakers, President Trump said, “And when people need a test, they can get a test. When the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get the test. It's gone really well.”
March 12, 2020

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