The Past 24 Hours or So

10/5

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Coronavirus/COVID-19

  • The U.S. reported 38,267 news cases and 361 additional deaths. 14,198 patients are receiving critical care. 
  • President Trump hid results of his first positive COVID-19 test on Thursday while awaiting the results of a second test that would later also come back positive, and knew at the time of a Fox News interview that he had tested positive while discussing Hope Hicks’s diagnosis.
  • Trump’s doctor says he didn’t admit yesterday that Trump was put on oxygen because he was trying to be publicly upbeat. “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the illness in another direction.”
  • The President is being given dexamethasone, one of the physicians treating Trump says. It’s an indication his condition is worrying, as the drug shouldn’t be given to anyone who isn’t ill enough to justify the downsides of taking steroids, doctors say.
  • President Trump briefly left Walter Reed medical center quarantine to drive by a group of supporters.
  • “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” tweeted an attending physician at Walter Reed Medical Center where Trump is being treated for coronavirus.

“The irresponsibility is astounding.”

  • President Trump’s medical team said that he could be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as early as Monday and continue his treatment for COVID-19 at the White House.
  • Both Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for Covid-19 on Sunday.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday.
  • There is little clarity about how the White House is contact tracing and alerting those who may have been exposed to Covid-19 at events and gatherings Trump attended, leaving the work to the individuals themselves and ramping up the risk of spread.
  • The President is furious with chief of staff Mark Meadows after the top West Wing official contradicted the White House physician’s assessment Saturday of Trump’s health, two sources with knowledge of the situation say.
  • A senior adviser to Trump’s reelection campaign claimed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden uses face masks as a “prop,” two days after the President was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed temporarily closing all schools and non-essential businesses in nine zip codes that have seen Covid-19 test positivity rates above 3% for at least seven consecutive days.
  • The White House has given New Jersey health officials a list of at least 206 people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus at a fundraiser event attended by President Trump in Bedminster last week
  • Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine says the White House didn’t contact him about potential Covid-19 exposure in his state after Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland.

Trump Administration

  • President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was destroyed again late last week when a person dressed in a Hulk costume took a pickaxe to it.
  • EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a letter that California may require a waiver from the Trump administration to implement an executive order aimed at ending the sale of gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.

Protests/Racial & Social Issues

  • Gay couples commandeered the Proud Boys hashtag on Twitter over the weekend after President Trump told the violent far-right group to “stand by” in last week’s presidential debate. Now, if you search the hashtag in the social media platform, users will find hundreds of photos from gay couples celebrating their love

Presidential Campaign

  • FBI agents in the Dallas field office are warning of the likelihood that far-right extremists will use the presidential election as a “flashpoint” to further sow anti-government sentiment through rhetoric and potential violence.
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager said that the former vice president will participate in the next presidential debate with the “necessary” safety precautions in place after President Trump recently tested positive for coronavirus.

Sources:  ABC News, Associated Press, The Atlantic, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Forbes,  Fox News,The Hill, Independent, MSNBC, NBC News, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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