During his remarks on Saturday, Pence said 195,000 Americans have been tested for the coronavirus, a total that does not include tests done at county hospitals or health care labs. Of those tests, 19,343 came back positive, Pence said. Both numbers are expected to jump in the coming days as testing becomes more available. Almost 300 people in the U.S. have died form the disease thus far, according to researchers.
In an effort to slow the number of new coronavirus cases, the Trump administration has urged people to avoid groups larger than 10 people. Many theaters, restaurants, theme parks have shuttered and millions of people have shifted to remote work if possible. Churches and other places of worship have also taken their services online. Pence urged church-goers to continue donating to religious institutions, regardless of whether they can attend in person.
“One thing the president and I promised was to remind people that on the weekends that you’re not in the pews, it’s still a good — it’s still a good idea to, if you can, to go ahead and make that donation. All the ministries are continuing to play a vital role in our communities and we encourage your continued support,” Pence said.