More than 2,000 people were shut down in the government, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it has shut down some facilities to allow for personnel to be transported.
The Department of Agriculture closed 10 facilities in Iowa and South Carolina to aid with the outbreak, and a dozen other facilities have closed in Iowa.
“The United States government is operating at a stalemate,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
“We are facing a situation of immense difficulty.
It is not easy to respond in the face of a major outbreak.
This has to be our priority.”
President Donald Trump called the outbreak a “very serious situation” on Thursday, tweeting: “There’s no time to waste!”
He said the outbreak is expected to last for weeks.
He also tweeted that the federal government is “trying hard to help the people of Iowa and elsewhere.
This is not a crisis.
This isn’t a humanitarian crisis.”
The shutdown was prompted by a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that said the government can’t use its own money to pay for certain medical expenses.
The government is still operating without the ability to pay people to travel to Iowa.
Trump said on Thursday the government will “absolutely” pay people for the time it takes to get to Iowa to treat people, but he stopped short of offering an estimated timeline for that.
Trump also said on Twitter that he will sign an executive order that will allow the U,S.
Border Patrol to send agents and agents-of-influence to Iowa for the Ebola response.