A former homeland security adviser to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE said Sunday that three U.S. states “have a problem that is going to grow” and could “overwhelm” their health-care systems amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“I would say there’s a dichotomy … between the 47 states that seem to have a problem but one that they can continue to control,” Tom Bossert said on ABC's "This Week," “and the three states, led by New York unfortunately, that seem to have a problem that is going to continue to grow now in a way – and I say this and hope I’m wrong – that is going to overwhelm the New York health system in the coming days.”
Former Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert says there are currently 47 U.S. states with a COVID-19 threat “that they can continue to control” and 3 states that “have a problem that is going to grow” and could “overwhelm” the health care system. https://t.co/o98mP6dd8E pic.twitter.com/CuzNzNgaHC— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 22, 2020
Bossert added that the U.S. needed greater testing capacity earlier to prevent the entire country from shutting down, as it is today.
“It seems to have worked if people stick to this plan,” he said. “I’m upset for those who don’t stick to it because we’re all paying a very heavy cost here, economically, and if you don’t follow these rules then you’re slapping us all in the face.”
The U.S. has documented 26,747 cases, leading to 340 deaths and 176 recoveries. Washington state, New York state and California have been considered hotspots in the country, with 94, 76 and 27 deaths happening in the states, respectively.
State governments, like Michigan and New Jersey, are demanding more medical supplies in an effort to prevent health-care facilities from being overwhelmed due to a lack of supplies.