Coronavirus Crackdown: What The White House Says It’s Doing Now To Stop Price Gouging

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Health officials say the local number of coronavirus cases are “not encouraging.” We’re at 106 in Mecklenburg. As critical medical supplies run short across the country, The White House says it is cracking down on anyone exploiting the health of Americans for their own profit.

President Donald Trump said Monday, “Our country wasn’t mean to be shut down.” Trump signaling that he hopes America will be up and running again sooner rather than later. He says, “At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go, where we want to go, the timing and essentially we are referring to the timing of the opening, essentially the opening of our country.”

New Jersey Dr. Marianne Hamra says, “It’s unacceptable that we’re sending medical professionals like lambs to the slaughterhouse.” As critical medical supplies run short across America, the President made a promise that more are coming. He says, “FEMA is distributing 8 million N95 respirator masks and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country right now.”

Cracking down on hoarding and price gouging of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), the president signed an executive order to make it a crime. US Attorney General William Barr says, “If you have a big supply of toilet paper in your house, this isn’t something you have to worry about. But if you are sitting on a warehouse with masks, surgical masks, you will be hearing a knock on your door.”

This, after state leaders pleaded with the President to put an end to bidding wars over those much needed supplies. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), says “I’m competing with other states, I’m bidding up other states on the prices. Because you have manufacturers who sit there, and California offers them $4, and they say, well, California offered $4, I offer $5, another state calls in and offers $6. It’s not the way to do it.”

And back here at home: art, imitating life. A new mural in NoDa is providing artistic interest during the pandemic. Darion Fleming calls the piece “Purell Gold.” He drew inspiration from not being able to find hand sanitizer, saying finding a bottle is like finding liquid gold. The mural is located off North Davidson Street, on the side of Machine Shop.

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ 10 anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson