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Presidential debate plans teeter, as Pelosi probes Trump fitness for office

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled plans Thursday to probe Donald Trump’s capacity to govern after he contracted Covid-19, as the US president unspooled a rant against critics and threw the debate schedule with Joe Biden into turmoil.

With just 26 days until the November 3 election, Washington’s top Democrat took the extraordinary step of proposing a commission to probe Trump’s fitness for the job — and whether he needs removal under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

But with tensions building over Trump’s diagnosis and questions about his judgment, his doctor gave him the green light to resume public activities this weekend, opening the door for Trump’s return to the campaign trail.

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagement at that time,” Trump’s physician Sean Conley said in a statement.

Having been held back from campaigning, Trump raged on Fox Business television, insulting Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris as a “monster,” branding illegal immigrants “rapists,” and urging indictments of Biden and former president Barack Obama.

And in remarks that caught Pelosi’s attention, the 74-year-old Trump quipped that he beat Covid because “I am a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young.”

Pelosi warned that Trump is suffering from a “disassociation from reality (that) would be funny if it weren’t so deadly.”

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn cautioned on CNN that Trump was exhibiting “very erratic behavior” that has drawn public concern.

As they questioned the president’s claim to be rapidly recovering from Covid-19 and Pelosi announced her upcoming probe, Trump fired back on Twitter.

“Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation,” he wrote. “They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”

– Anxious times – 

Trump’s rejection of next week’s debate because organizers decided to go virtual due to his bout with Covid-19 upended the calendar of debates — usually a set piece series of three that candidates arrange well in advance.

After back and forth between Trump and Biden’s campaign, it appeared likely that only two debates will take place in total, with the next being October 22 and the one scheduled for Miami on October 15 now scrapped.

With Biden surging in opinion polls and able to travel — the veteran Democrat visited Arizona Thursday where he and Harris launched a campaign bus tour — these are anxious times for Trump.

He is still recovering from his three-night hospital stint, while the White House itself has become a viral hotspot, with dozens of people close to Trump testing positive.

Trump’s decision to boycott next week’s debate, which would have been in town hall format with audience members asking questions, will mean missing a rare opportunity to try and best Biden in a direct televised confrontation.

Trump told Fox Business that the bipartisan debate commission’s decision to make the debate a virtual affair was “not acceptable.”

He accused organizers of trying to “protect”

Have you figured out your COVID-safe holiday plans?

There’s an unmistakable chill in the air and, perhaps for the first time all year, it’s clear what season it is. But this holiday season brings with it a reminder of how the coronavirus pandemic has upended Americans’ lives. Gone are the crowds of shoppers in the mall and office parties, but what will take its place?

In a survey of more than 900 people on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform by Stannah, 37 percent said they will not be gathering with their family for the holidays due to COVID-19 and 44 percent have family members planning not to as well. But 32 percent said family members were pressuring them to travel or attend gatherings for the holidays — most commonly their parents, or conversely, their kids — while another 23 percent said that they had encouraged family to travel to them for the holidays.


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While friends were considered the worst violators of social distancing guidelines, 62 percent said they would have family over. But more people were comfortable maintaining boundaries with strangers than family, which can make for uncomfortable situations over the holidays. And when your family spans multiple generations, it’s easy to put older family members at risk. 

COVID-19 is a contagious and potentially fatal illness, especially for those with preexisting conditions and those older than 60. Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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If you’re going to host or attend a small gathering, however, here are the CDC’s recommendations

– Be prepared to cancel if you’re sick, showing symptoms or if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

– Limit the number of attendees as much as you can. Most people in the survey said 12 is the maximum acceptable number of people who don’t live together to attend a gathering. A pandemic is the perfect excuse not to invite that family member you hate hosting, without any hurt feelings. Use travel distance as a way to pare down the guest list, sticking with those who are in the area. And keep a list of contact information for everyone attending in case someone tests positive for COVID-19 afterwards

– Ask your guests to quarantine before and after the gathering — and to get tested if possible. And if their Instagram story tells you any different, let them know they’re not coming.

Trump campaign says president plans to participate in next debate in person despite uncertainty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report White House Gift Shop selling ‘Trump Defeats COVID’ commemorative coin Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate MORE plans to participate in next week’s debate in person, his campaign said Tuesday, despite uncertainty around how he will recover from COVID-19.

“The President intends to participate in the debate in person,” the campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement to The Hill.

But it’s unclear if the president will be healthy enough to attend the debate, or whether he would be exposing other attendees to a contagious virus that has killed roughly 210,000 people in the U.S. to date.

Trump himself signaled earlier in the day that he would take part in the debate, though he did not specify whether he might do so virtually.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!” Trump tweeted.

Trump first revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning, and he has had symptoms since at least then. But the White House has refused to say when Trump last tested negative or fill in the timeline around his diagnosis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state that adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 can be around others 10 days after symptoms first appeared so long as they have gone 24 hours without a fever and other symptoms are improving.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Oct. 15, which would be 13 days from when Trump first revealed his diagnosis.

The president was on oxygen as recently as last Saturday, but he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after doctors said his vitals had improved and he passed clinical evaluations. But they acknowledged he is not out of the woods yet, citing next Monday as the point at which they will breathe a sigh of relief.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenState Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report Biden says he should not have called Trump a clown in first debate Biden inquired about calling Trump after coronavirus diagnosis MORE has said he would take part in next week’s town hall-style debate if medical experts deem it safe.

“If the scientists say that it’s safe, that the distances are safe, then I think that’s fine,” Biden said Monday. “I’ll do whatever the experts say is appropriate thing to do.”

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Barr Plans to Return to Justice Dept. After Negative Coronavirus Test Results

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr did not plan to get a coronavirus test on Monday after receiving negative results from four tests and was likely to return to work at the Justice Department this week, his spokeswoman said.

Mr. Barr, who had attended an event at the White House on Sept. 26 linked to the outbreak, quarantined himself over the weekend and was at home on Monday with no symptoms, said the spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec.

She said that Mr. Barr would get tested​ on Tuesday and was likely to return to the office on Wednesday. That would be before the end of the 14-day quarantine period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Justice Department guidelines, but Ms. Kupec said the attorney general was considered a critical worker exempt from the C.D.C. guidelines.

Ms. Kupec said Mr. Barr, 70, “routinely wears masks and takes a variety of precautions” at the office.

Some department employees expressed anger at Mr. Barr’s decisions, saying that his leadership example indicated that he did not take the threat of the virus seriously, according to five employees who would not be named discussing Mr. Barr’s approach to the virus for fear of retribution.

Asked about the criticism, Ms. Kupec said that as the nation’s chief federal law enforcement officer, Mr. Barr was considered a critical worker under the C.D.C. guidance. It says that essential workers “may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to Covid-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.”

Precautions include wearing a mask at all times in the workplace, social distancing, regular temperature checks and continued testing.

“​Even with this flexibility, out of an abundance of caution, he has remained home since Friday other than to get tested and attend the meeting at ​the Justice Department​ on Friday morning​,” Ms. Kupec said.

In President Trump’s own battle with the coronavirus, his oxygen levels have dropped and he has taken experimental drugs and a steroid. He left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday.

After Mr. Trump revealed early on Friday that he had tested positive for the virus, Mr. Barr took a rapid test each day and took an additional diagnostic test called a PCR test, and made their results public. Through the weekend, his tests came back negative, Ms. Kupec said.

Mr. Barr also decided to reduce his schedule to one meeting on Friday and to self-quarantine at home over the weekend, she said.

Ms. Kupec said on Monday that Mr. Barr had not had any contact with Mr. Trump for nine days, when both men attended a reception at the White House for the president’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Several Republican leaders and others who attended the reception have since learned they have the virus, including Mr. Trump; the first lady, Melania Trump; Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; John I. Jenkins, the president of

OU college of medicine plans mobile classroom to promote diversity in health professions

OKLAHOMA CITY — A large RV, customized as a health education classroom on wheels, is among the new projects the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine plans with a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant is a one-year supplement that augments an initial $4.7 million award to the OU College of Medicine last year. The aim of the grant is to recruit, retain and admit students from rural, tribal and medically underserved areas, and to expand the primary care experience among current medical students. Data shows that students from those groups who attend medical school and residency in Oklahoma are more likely to return to their communities to practice medicine.

“Of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, 76 have a shortage of primary care physicians, and the need is particularly great in rural areas, underserved communities and tribes. The ultimate goal of this grant is to reduce healthcare disparities among Oklahomans and raise the health of the state,” said Steven Crawford, M.D., Senior Associate Dean of the College of Medicine and director of the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Policy. Crawford is leading the grant with James Herman, M.D., Dean of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine on the Tulsa campus.

The mobile classroom will allow the OU College of Medicine to introduce young people across Oklahoma to careers in health and to give them hands-on experience with activities like suturing, using a stethoscope or a microscope. The classroom will especially be geared toward smaller communities with fewer resources. Students from those areas may have the interest and skills to enter a health profession, but lack the opportunities to pursue it, said Robert Salinas, M.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity in the College of Medicine and a faculty lead for the grant.

“This mobile classroom will be a major asset in our outreach and in building long-term relationships with young people,” Salinas said. “This is not a one-year event, but is part of our efforts to build a pathway to medical school in which we mentor them over several years.”

Current students from all seven colleges at the OU Health Sciences Center, as well as the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work on OU’s Norman campus, will accompany the mobile classroom on trips around the state as part of their training to care for patients as an interprofessional team. They will not only introduce their chosen disciplines to the young people they encounter, but also see first-hand the challenges of life in underserved areas, where there are numerous barriers to good health.

The grant supplement will also allow the OU College of Medicine to launch the Medical School Readiness Program, an opportunity for students to be mentored as they prepare for the Medical College Admission Test, take part in mock interviews and job shadowing. This program is geared toward highly motivated students who traditionally have lacked the resources, because of time or money, to prepare for medical school.

The OU-TU School of Community Medicine, the

Award-Winning Alignment Healthcare Expands Plans & Benefits, Available to 5.9 Million Seniors This Medicare Enrollment Season

Medicare Advantage company offers seniors new 24/7 virtual care plan, new social benefits such as pet-sitting, acupuncture and personal emergency response systems

Alignment Healthcare, a mission-based Medicare Advantage insurance company founded in 2013, announced today new plans and benefits to give seniors more care options during Medicare’s annual enrollment period for 2021, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2020. Through Alignment Health Plan, the company is offering 36 Medicare Advantage options in three states, including a virtual-first health plan that includes a $50 monthly premium rebate, as well as a host of new benefits such as pet-sitting, pest control and acupuncture to ensure their social and lifestyle needs are met.

Seniors are increasingly turning to Alignment each year due to its “senior first” model, which earned Alignment numerous accolades including the 2020 Senior Choice Gold Award and 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage” recognition.

“As more Americans enter their senior years, it is critical for us to continue providing not only the best of clinical outcomes but also the best customer experience that seniors need and deserve,” said John Kao, founder and CEO, Alignment Healthcare. “Our new plans and benefits reflect the innovation and compassion that sets Alignment apart as we continue to grow and serve seniors nationwide.”

Among Alignment Health Plan’s 14 new plan offerings available starting Jan. 1, 2021, is the AVA™ HMO plan, a virtual-first plan that gives members a dedicated primary care provider and specialists – accessible by phone or video on the company’s proprietary AVA™ data and technology platform – as well as providers available in person to see the patient at home or in the doctor’s office as needed. The virtual plan also comes with a monthly $50 premium rebate and $100 per month over-the-counter credit, redeemable at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and other retailers.

In addition to this virtual option, Alignment is offering new HMO dual-eligible special needs and HMO point-of-service plans. In select plans, Alignment is introducing new benefits as part of its ACCESS On-Demand Concierge program for eligible members to address social needs such as food instability, loneliness and lack of transportation, that directly impact clinical outcomes. In 2021, new social benefits include pet sitting, pest control, personal emergency response systems, and acupuncture services to further extend the program’s existing benefits such as grocery allowance, non-emergency clinical transportation and “grandkids on demand” companion care.

“Putting the seniors first is what we do each day at Alignment,” said Dawn Maroney, president of consumer and markets, Alignment Healthcare. “That’s why around COVID-19, we delivered thousands of masks and meals, hosted virtual town hall meetings to answer questions, and proactively checked in on our highest-risk members. We bring this same spirit to open enrollment. No matter which plan they choose, Alignment members have a dedicated 24/7 care and support team available to create the best outcomes and experience for each and every one of them.”

Alignment announced in August its expansion into new counties and new

U.N. chief: time for national plans to help fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

NEW YORK/GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it is time for countries to start using money from their national COVID-19 recovery and response plans to help fund the World Health Organization’s global vaccine plan.

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator programme and its COVAX facility has so far received $3 billion, but needs another $35 billion. It aims to deliver two billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of next year, 245 million treatments and 500 million tests.

“The ACT-Accelerator provides the only safe and certain way to re-open the global economy as quickly as possible. A national vaccine effort in a handful of countries will not unlock the doors to the global economy and restore livelihoods,” Guterres told a high-level virtual U.N. event.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – a co-host of the meeting along with Guterres, the World Health Organization (WHO) and South Africa – urged other countries to join the global effort, saying the ACT-Accelerator is the best hope of bringing the pandemic under control.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 167 countries have joined COVAX global vaccines facility, representing 70% of the world’s population, adding: “And the list is growing every day”. He said one million people are confirmed to have lost their lives to COVID-19, but “the real number is certainly higher.”

Guterres said the programme needed an immediate injection of $15 billion to “avoid losing the window of opportunity” for advance purchase and production, to build stocks in parallel with licensing, boost research, and help countries prepare.

“We cannot allow a lag in access to further widen already vast inequalities,” Guterres told the virtual event.

“But let’s be clear: We will not get there with donors simply allocating resources only from the Official Development Assistance budget,” he said. “We need to think bigger. It is time for countries to draw funding from their own response and recovery programmes.”

Guterres called on all countries to step up significantly in the next three months.

He noted that developed countries had spent trillions of dollars on the socio-economic impacts of the crisis so “surely, we can invest a small fraction of that to stop the spread of the disease everywhere.”

Bill Gates told the U.N. event that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had signed an agreement with 16 pharmaceutical companies on Wednesday.

“In this agreement the companies commit to, among other things, scaling up manufacturing, at an unprecedented speed, and making sure that approved vaccines reach broad distribution as early as possible,” Gates said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Paul Simao

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time for national plans to help fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

By Michelle Nichols and Stephanie Nebehay

NEW YORK/GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday it is time for countries to start using money from their national COVID-19 recovery and response plans to help fund the World Health Organization’s global vaccine plan.

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator programme and its COVAX facility has so far received $3 billion, but needs another $35 billion. It aims to deliver two billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of next year, 245 million treatments and 500 million tests.

“The ACT-Accelerator provides the only safe and certain way to re-open the global economy as quickly as possible. A national vaccine effort in a handful of countries will not unlock the doors to the global economy and restore livelihoods,” Guterres told a high-level virtual U.N. event.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – a co-host of the meeting along with Guterres, the World Health Organization (WHO) and South Africa – urged other countries to join the global effort, saying the ACT-Accelerator is the best hope of bringing the pandemic under control.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 167 countries have joined COVAX global vaccines facility, representing 70% of the world’s population, adding: “And the list is growing every day”. He said one million people are confirmed to have lost their lives to COVID-19, but “the real number is certainly higher.”

Guterres said the programme needed an immediate injection of $15 billion to “avoid losing the window of opportunity” for advance purchase and production, to build stocks in parallel with licensing, boost research, and help countries prepare.

“We cannot allow a lag in access to further widen already vast inequalities,” Guterres told the virtual event.

“But let’s be clear: We will not get there with donors simply allocating resources only from the Official Development Assistance budget,” he said. “We need to think bigger. It is time for countries to draw funding from their own response and recovery programmes.”

Guterres called on all countries to step up significantly in the next three months.

He noted that developed countries had spent trillions of dollars on the socio-economic impacts of the crisis so “surely, we can invest a small fraction of that to stop the spread of the disease everywhere.”

Bill Gates told the U.N. event that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had signed an agreement with 16 pharmaceutical companies on Wednesday.

“In this agreement the companies commit to, among other things, scaling up manufacturing, at an unprecedented speed, and making sure that approved vaccines reach broad distribution as early as possible,” Gates said.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Paul Simao)

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Detroit Medical Center drops plans for sports medicine institute near Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Medical Center has announced it “will not move forward with plans” to join a $70 million development near Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Olympia Development of Michigan and DMC announced the 20-year agreement to build and operate an innovative, state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot sports medicine facility adjacent to Little Caesars Arena 2 back in June 2018.

The $70 million building would replace a former surface parking lot at Sproat Street and will bring four floors of Class A office space and 17,000 square feet of street-level retail to The District Detroit, according to officials.

Read the full statement below:

The last several months have brought about unprecedented change for the health care industry. Stay-at-home orders and restrictions prohibiting elective procedures caused hospitals everywhere to reevaluate their core services.

The Detroit Medical Center is committed to ensuring full preparedness for both the pandemic and the ongoing needs of our local community’s health care needs.

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to focus on our core mission and the DMC will not move forward with plans to lease space for a sports medicine institute. Our decision allows us to reallocate resources appropriately in this changing environment.

We appreciate the efforts of Olympia Development of Michigan and value our relationship with the organization. We have come to this decision in cooperation with them and we appreciate their support for the DMC’s core mission.

The DMC will continue to provide outstanding medical care and training for athletes in its existing facilities. Services are provided at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s outpatient therapy sites across the region and the DMC Sports Performance clinic site in Pontiac in addition to the extensive array of orthopedic care options available through the DMC network.

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