US to distribute 150M rapid COVID-19 tests to states, Trump says

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), tends to a COVID-19 patient in a Stamford Hospital intensive care unit (ICU), on April 24, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut.
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The federal government will distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests to states over the next few weeks, President Donald Trump said Monday. 

Fifty million of the tests will be distributed to the country’s “most vulnerable communities,” including nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, historically black colleges and universities and “tribal nation colleges,” Trump said at a news briefing Monday afternoon.

The tests will allow states and territories to “reopen their economies and schools immediately, and as fast as they can,” the president said. 

New Jersey will be receiving 2.6 million of the rapid COVID-19 tests, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his own news briefing on Monday. 

As of Monday afternoon, the U.S. was reporting more than 7.1 million COVID-19 cases and a total of 204,905 COVID-19-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker.