Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 7 – Trump Leaves Hospital, Joint Chiefs in Quarantine

By Anna Breuer on 7 October 2020
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Just as the number of reported cases hit 36 million, the coronavirus news cycle was dominated by President Trump’s hospitalization and subsequent release.

While the president was in hospital, it became apparent that the West Wing of the White House was a hotspot for coronavirus infections.   The White House press secretary tested positive, as did the president’s bodyman.  On Tuesday, top White House aide Stephen Miller said on Tuesday that he had tested positive as well.  Meanwhile the Joint Chiefs of Staff are in quarantine after having attended a meeting with Coast Guard Admiral Charles Ray, who tested positive on Monday.

Hope Hicks, a senior aide, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press Secretary, Kellyanne Conway, a longtime senior aide, Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, former Governor Chris Christie, Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tills, John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, Greg Laurie, a pastor, as well as four assistant press secretaries, Karonline Leavitt, Chad Gilmartin, Harrison Fields, and Jalen Drummond, all tested positive as well.

Conflicting statements by his doctors and aides added to confusion over his condition. Prior to his release, the president released another video, in this case saying he “learned a lot” about the virus, before leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to take a short drive to wave to supporters who were immediately outside the hospital complex.

While in the hospital, the president’s oxygen levels dropped and he was given dexamethasone, which potentially signals a sever case of Covid-19.

Saying “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” the president returned to the White House Monday evening. His doctor said he isn’t “out of the woods,” however.

In other news, the White House sought to block the Food and Drug Administration from including provisions in the new guidelines that would almost certainly guarantee that no vaccine could be authorized before the November presidential election.  The White House later relented after the FDA published the guidelines publicly.

In addition, President Trump said he would end discussions with Democrats about an economic stimulus package.  “Our Economy is doing very well,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet as the stock market fell on Tuesday.  “The stock market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the world in economic recovery, and the best is yet to come!”

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was closing non-essential shops and businesses in the hardest hit areas of New York City and its northern suburbs starting Wednesday. The move will restrict restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery only, and mass gatherings would be barred with the exception of services at houses of worship, which would be limited to 25% of capacity with no more than ten people present. Gyms and shops would also be closed.  In areas near the clusters, indoor dining would be prohibited and gyms and salons would be shuttered.

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