WASHINGTON, DC -- As the U.S. death tolls nears 15,000, President Donald Trump continued Wednesday to try to shift blame for his response to the coronavirus crisis, lashing out at the World Health Organization, claiming the United Nations agency got "every aspect" of the outbreak wrong, and said he was reviewing U.S. funding amid the ongoing pandemic.
However, as the Trump administration pushed that narrative, newly-surfaced documents revealed the White House was warned of the deadly pathogen -- and its potential to cost the economy and American lives -- even before the president's travel ban on China which he continues to tout.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance for essential workers as it takes a small step toward reopening the country. That guidance was also announced during the daily White House briefing.
The guidance applies to essential workers, such as those in the health care and food supply industry, who have been within six feet of a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of the coronavirus.
CDC Director Robert Redfield said the employee can return to work as long as they take their temperature before they go to work, wear a face mask at all times and practice social distancing while they are at work.
Redfield said the employees should continue to stay home if they are sick. He also said employers in those critical industries should take the temperatures of a worker before allowing them to come back to work.
The new guidelines will be posted on cdc.gov.