To be fair, the way public health is structured in the US is largely at the state level. CDC usually contributes with guidelines and support for local outbreaks. The current situation is way beyond anything the CDC can handle. By law the CDC needs to be invited by a particular state to intervene. Obviously that has happened, but it has to happen 50 times under 50 different sets of rules.mouses wrote: ↑Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:59 pmIt isn't clear to me that the President can enforce his plans if the states have other ideas, and in my area of the country strong governors are running things. They have had to since the feds were MIA and still seem to be incoherent.FI4LIFE wrote: ↑Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:45 pmThanks for that info. I found an article regarding a regional plan for my area, although there are no specifics. Apparently it encompasses surrounding states as well although the president just tweeted something that contradicts that info which I won't get into. Plans are great, but like Tyson said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."rkhusky wrote: ↑Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:06 pmMy sister works at a smaller semi-rural hospital. They have a tent set up outside where they check people for coronavirus. If you have it, they ship you to a larger, more urban hospital. They are only handling non-coronavirus cases inside the hospital.FI4LIFE wrote: ↑Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:05 am I am in the process of developing a plan "b" for my family members which involves driving them to a less populated area's hospital if my 5 local hospitals are overrun and someone in my family needs medical attention. I am not aware of any regional coordination plans in regards to this but I assume they exist. I'm not sure I want to trust my family's health to bureaucratic decision-makers.
The things the states are asking the feds for is equipment and testing. Some of that is getting off the ground, but I'm not sure who has the credit for that.
Cumbersome. In my opinion, it is one of the main reasons why the US public health response has been so atrocious.
State departments of public health are generally very underfunded, per the priorities of state and local governments.
That being said, I do not believe it is productive for state and national leaders to fight about resources. In the situation we are in, if a state government asks the federal government for help under an emergency or disaster situation, the executive branch should act quickly and decisively to support the states.
Again (in my opinion). That has not happened.