AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he’s concerned about the “significant risks” posed by the spread of a pandemic and says states should not be forced to take more precautions.
“The threat to the United States is very real, and states should be careful not to become complacent,” Trumkasaid on Friday in a statement.
“States should be able to determine what level of risk to take and whether that is a prudent precaution.”
While there have been some states who have been able to stay off the map, states including Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana are all on a heightened alert with more than 400 confirmed cases and 1,300 confirmed deaths since the outbreak began.
Greg Abbott has ordered the state to be on heightened alert, warning that a major pandemic could be coming.
In a tweet on Friday, Abbott said he was “extremely concerned” about the situation in the Lone Star state, and that Texas must “be prepared to protect our citizens.”
“This pandemic is a very serious threat and the people of Texas need to be confident that our resources are there to defend our families,” he added.
As the threat of a possible pandemic continues to grow, Texas Gov.
Abbott on Friday called for the state’s state government to be “on high alert.”
“We need to make sure that we’re not taking these things for granted,” Abbott said.
“We’re all in this together.”
At least two of the Texas governors on a state-wide high alert have warned that the risk of a potential pandemic remains.
On Friday, Gov.
Terry Branstad issued a public call to action saying the state needs to “take our actions to protect and defend ourselves.”
He also said the state will be taking additional steps to protect its citizens.
Branstad has also warned that a pandemics could be looming in the coming weeks, and has called on Texas to be prepared.
He said states have a duty to act.
Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has said that if the threat is serious enough that a state needs emergency powers, then it’s time for the states to act and prepare for it.
Jindal also called on states to use their emergency powers to prevent “significant disruptions in public health and welfare services” if the situation is not resolved quickly.
Other states are also being warned.
The governors of Oregon, Montana, and California have called for heightened vigilance, with each saying that they will be doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their citizens.
Kate Brown on Friday said that the Oregon Health Authority has been told to prepare for the possibility of a major coronavirus pandemic.
Brown told reporters that the state should prepare to meet the threat.
But she added that it’s important for Oregonians to be aware of the “complex threats that are out there” and not just be vigilant.
Meanwhile, Montana Gov.
Steve Bullock said that a coronaviral pandemic was “not on the horizon.”
Bullock, who is on a two-day trip to California, said he had not yet spoken with any experts about the pandemic, but he said that it is “not a possibility” at this time.