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Trump hosts first public event since COVID-19 diagnosis, says virus will ‘disappear’ with ‘science, medicine’

President Trump hosted a gathering with reportedly somewhere between 300 and 400 people in attendance on Saturday on the South Lawn of the White House, marking his first public event since he was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 last week. It’s been just two weeks since a crowd gathered in the Rose Garden for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, which experts believe may have been the catalyst for a coronavirus outbreak that affected both the Trump administration and Republican senators.

Trump was scheduled to speak Saturday for about 30 minutes, but wound up only utilizing 18, an unusual instance of efficiency for the president, who is known for going on tangents that go far beyond the scope of his planned marks. His voice reportedly sounded “a touch hoarse,” but he showed no outward signs of illness and said he was “feeling great,” The Associated Press reports.

During his speech, Trump said the coronavirus “is going to disappear” largely thanks “science, medicine,” and “the American spirit.” That’s a familiar line for the president, although this time the optimism appeared based in his belief that newly-developed therapies, rather than wishful thinking, would lead the charge.

The event was not billed as a campaign rally, but the president’s rhetoric suggested otherwise. Read more at Axios.

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One Tinley Park Hosts Blood Drive Due To Shortages From COVID-19

TINLEY PARK, IL — One Tinley Park is hosting a blood drive on Oct. 30, at Union Bar & Grill to help gather more blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. The blood drive is in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois.

According to the Red Cross, blood donations are facing a serious shortage of donations due to the pandemic. One Tinley Park said they are proud to team up with the blood center to provide a safe outlet for people to make a difference in the community.

“As blood banks face coronavirus-driven shortages, donating has never been more crucial. The COVID-19 crisis has led to a drastic reduction in blood donations,” the organization said.

One Tinley Park said its goal is to have around 23 donors sign-up for the event to meet their target of 18 pints of blood. The organization said they have about 30 appointment slots to try and get to their goal.

The organization said they have teamed up with Union Bar & Grill, 17821 80th Ave., for the blood drive, and that the restaurant has offered to give a 20% discount to all blood donors.

According to the website, Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious.

To sign up for an appointment for the blood drive, visit the appointment schedule on the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois website.

This article originally appeared on the Tinley Park Patch

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