Day: October 2, 2020

President Trump flown to Walter Reed hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland late Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus, as White House officials describe an “anxious” administration shaken by the president’s diagnosis.

Trump boarded Marine One without addressing reporters, but gave a thumbs up, clad in a mask, before taking off at sunset. In a video released online, he said, “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.” He arrived at 6:20 p.m. Eastern, stepping down from the helicopter alone and getting into a black SUV.

He was followed by a couple of aides, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. As the motorcade passed by the press pool, which was positioned across the street from the landing zone, the president waved.

Trump will be at Walter Reed “for the next few days,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.

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DHEC updates coronavirus dashboard, releases new cases, deaths for Oct. 2

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced Friday that 23,902 COVID-19 test results have been updated and reflected in the agency’s online dashboard by the date the result was reported to the health care providers.This includes 22,423 negative test results and 1,479 positive test results.The delay in these electronic lab reports (ELRs) being updated in the agency’s internal database occurred from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 and did not impact patient notification of their test results. Test results continued to be reported back to health care providers and relayed to patients, per standard practice. In an effort to make improvements to DHEC’s internal process for ELR reporting, a technical update to the database resulted in unexpected delays for ELRs being fully included in the agency’s daily reports from Sept. 24 to Oct 2. The issue has been resolved and testing and case numbers will resume normal … Read More

‘COVID-19 can touch anyone’: Trump case offers lesson, Travis health chief says – News – Austin American-Statesman

Several hours after the White House confirmed that President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Travis County’s top health official said the news should make those at high risk for severe symptoms like Trump more vigilant about safety.

Dr. Mark Escott, interim Austin-Travis County health authority, warned that local residents who have high-risk factors like the president, such as being older than 65 or obese, should continue to take the virus as seriously as when the pandemic began. The rest of the public, he said, should follow suit to protect those around them.

“The news from early this morning regarding the president and the first lady indicates and demonstrates that COVID-19 can touch anyone,” Escott said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus. “It also demonstrates the importance of having layers of protection within our community.”

He said the public must “make sure we’re being careful not only

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Neenah Joint School District is the latest to shift all learning online

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Becky Allen welcomes a student on the first day of school at Tullar Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Neenah, Wis. (Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

NEENAH – The number of schools across northeastern Wisconsin to transition to online instruction continues to mount, as the Neenah Joint School District has decided to shift starting Monday. 

The switch comes just a month since Neenah’s school year began and over 80% of the district’s more than 6,600 students returned to classrooms for face-to-face learning.

In a Friday afternoon news release, the district said the change is primarily driven by the dire situation of the coronavirus pandemic across northeastern Wisconsin.

The Oshkosh-Neenah area is currently considered the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, according to a list maintained by the New York Times. Just hours before the change was announced, several Fox Valley health departments joined to

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Sebastian Korda to face his ‘biggest idol’ Rafael Nadal in fourth round of the French Open

In fact, Sebastian drives the golf ball 275 yards either left- or right-handed – an ambidextrous facility that helps him with that double-handed backhand of his. He will need that shot in the next round when he faces the defending champion Rafael Nadal, a 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 winner over Stefano Travaglia of Italy.

In fact, Korda has known Nadal a long time. There is a cute picture of them together, dating back 11 years from the 2009 US Open – a tournament that Petr Korda attended while coaching fellow Czech Radek Stapanek.

While waiting for the Nadal result, Korda said “I’m praying that he wins. I mean, he’s my biggest idol. He’s one of the reasons I play tennis. Just watching him play, unbelievable competitor. Just from him I have the never-give-up mentality. Whenever I’m on court, I try to be like him.

“Growing up, I named my cat Rafa

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Trump’s age, health woes raise his risk for COVID-19 illness


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President Donald Trump has several strikes against him — age, obesity, elevated cholesterol and being male — that could put him at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus infection he disclosed late Thursday.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive, “are both well at this time” and plan to remain at the White House while recovering and being closely monitored, according to a statement from his physician, Dr. Sean Conley.

A White House official said Friday that Trump was having mild symptoms.

“The odds are far and away that he’ll have a mild illness” as most people with the virus do, said Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic who has no role in Trump’s care.

But COVID-19 is very unpredictable, he stressed.

“We have young people who die. We have nursing

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NC02 health care forum: Ross, Swain say issue is tops

Hours after President Donald Trump announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the top two candidates in Wake County’s newly drawn congressional district declared health care as the No. 1 issue in their race.

Democrat Deborah Ross and Republican Alan Swain are running for U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, which has been redrawn to include only parts of Wake County.

They made their comments at an afternoon online forum hosted by AARP Triangle and the N.C. Serious Illness Coalition, which is composed of about 70 different organizations from across the state, including hospital systems and caregiver advocates.

“Health care is the No. 1 issue in this country right now,” said Ross, a former state lawmaker and lawyer. “It was before coronavirus, but even with coronavirus we are seeing how important it is that we make changes to our health care system to take care

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US panel tackles race, poverty in virus vaccine priorities


In this undated photo provided by Johnson & Johnson in September 2020, a woman receives an injection during phase 3 testing for the Janssen Pharmaceutical-Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States. On Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, a U.S. advisory panel made recommendations for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get vaccines to neighborhoods affected by systemic racism. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)


A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups.

As expected, the panel recommended health care workers and first responders get first priority when vaccine supplies are limited. The shots should be provided free to all, the panel said. And throughout the vaccine campaign,

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Exclusive: Airbnb Seeks to Raise Roughly $3 Billion in IPO | Investing News

By Anirban Sen and Joshua Franklin

(Reuters) – Home rental company Airbnb Inc is aiming to raise around $3 billion in its upcoming initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said on Friday, taking advantage of the unexpectedly sharp recovery in its business after the COVID-19 pandemic roiled the travel industry.

Airbnb will be one of the largest and most anticipated U.S. stock market listings of 2020 which has already been a blockbuster year for IPOs, featuring the likes of record label Warner Music Group

, data analytics firm Palantir Technologies and data warehouse company Snowflake Inc


Airbnb said in August it had filed confidentially for an IPO with U.S. regulators.

The company’s current plan is to make its filing publicly available in November after the U.S presidential election and is targeting an IPO some time in December, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the plans are

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Parents fight for students to return to classrooms amid the pandemic



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FARMINGTON — Students are struggling to adapt to the online learning platform that has now become the norm across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools have been shut down for seven months. 

In the past several months, three student suicides have deeply affected the community, and Farmington’s district administrators are trying to keep the community close in the hopes that will prevent any more loss of life. At the same time, parents are organizing to rally support around returning to school, and trying to get statewide attention.

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Both Rayleigh Taft and Nevaeh Movley are starting at a new school, Hermosa Middle School for Taft and Farmington High for Movley. Movley said this transition has been especially hard because of the online learning environment.

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