Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 2 – Top Trump Aide Tests Positive, Moscow Orders New Restrictions

By Anna Breuer on 1 October 2020
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Hope Hicks, a close advisor to President Donald Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus, it was reported Thursday night.  Hicks has accompanied Trump on several trips on board Air Force One in the past several days including to the presidential debate on Tuesday.  She is the closest person to the president known to have contracted Covid-19 thus far.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, took exception to what he characterized as President Trump’s misrepresentation of his stance on using masks to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus during the presidential debate on Tuesday.  The president stated that Dr. Fauci had initially said that “masks are not good” and that the doctor subsequently changed his mind.  Dr. Fauci said that he has always supporting that people wear masks to curb the virus spread.

Coronavirus cases in the United States were up month-over-month in 27 states last month.  The increase was led by Wisconsin, which had a 111% uptick in cases according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.  The spike there is overwhelming hospitals as well as testing and tracing capabilitie.s

Meanwhile, 14 states are showing steady trends while nine are showing downward trends.  There were 41,984 new cases reported on October 1, and the 14-day average of new cases is up 11%.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said Thursday that the top 20 ZIP codes in the state have a 6.5% positivity rate while the remainder of the state remains under 1%. With the hotspots included, the rate is 1.27%. The governor said he was moving from public education to enforcement to avoid another public health crisis. Officials in New York City said the city would deploy over 1,000 people to help curb the outbreak and encourage people to social distance and wear masks in nine key ZIP codes.

New York City allowed its restaurants on Wednesday to reopen for indoor dining, albeit with 25% capacity restrictions.  Still, it was a major milestone in the Big Apple’s recovery from the effects of the months-long lockdown.

On Thursday, New York City completed the reopening of all of its public schools for in-person learning, the first major city in the country to do so.  While half a million pupils are returning, about 480,000 have opted to continue distance-learning for the time being.

Officials in New York and New Jersey released smartphone contact-tracing apps that use technology from Apple and Google that detects nearby devices and can notify an individual if he spent time with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. The technology does not collect personal health data or information or track an individual’s location.

The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, home of the first recorded baseball game, which took place in 1864, cancelled its popular Ragamuffin parade, a Halloween tradition since 1964. The city said it will offer outdoor movies and a virtual costume contest to help make up for the cancellation.

Health officials in Moscow reported that the number of cases in the capital had doubled over the past week. The city’s mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, ordered companies to restrict office capacity to 70% and to send anyone older than 65 or with an underlying health condition home.

Finally, Italy’s health ministry reported the highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since April 24. The country recorded at least 2,548 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number to 317,409.

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