Showing: 1 - 7 of 7 RESULTS

White House staff, Secret Service eye virus with fear, anger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The West Wing is a ghost town. Staff members are scared of exposure. And the White House is now a treatment ward for not one — but two — COVID patients, including a president who has long taken the threat of the virus lightly.

President Donald Trump’s decision to return home from a military hospital despite his continued illness is putting new focus on the people around him who could be further exposed if he doesn’t abide by strict isolation protocols.

Throughout the pandemic, White House custodians, ushers, kitchen staff and members of the U.S. Secret Service have continued to show up for work in what is now a coronavirus hot spot, with more than a dozen known cases this week alone.


Trump, still contagious, has made clear that he has little intention of abiding by best containment practices.

As he arrived back at the White House on Monday evening, the president defiantly removed his face mask and stopped to pose on a balcony within feet of a White House photographer. He was seen inside moments later, surrounded by numerous people as he taped a video message urging Americans not to fear a virus that has killed more than 210,000 in the U.S. and 1 million worldwide.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the White House was “taking every precaution necessary” to protect not just the first family but “every staff member working on the complex” consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and best practices. He added that physical access to the president would be significantly limited and appropriate protective gear worn by those near him.

Nonetheless, the mood within the White House remains somber, with staff fearful they may have been exposed to the virus. As they confront a new reality — a worksite that once seemed like a bubble of safety is anything but — they also have been engaged in finger-pointing over conflicting reports released about the president’s health as well as a lack of information provided internally.

Many have learned about positive tests from media reports and several were exposed, without their knowledge, to people the White House already knew could be contagious.

Indeed, it took until late Sunday night, nearly three full days after Trump’s diagnosis, for the White House to send a staff-wide note in response. Even then, it did not acknowledge the outbreak.

“As a reminder,” read the letter from the White House Management Office, “if you are experiencing any symptoms … please stay home and do not come to work.” Staff who develop symptoms were advised to “go home immediately” and contact their doctors rather than the White House Medical Unit.

Even when Trump was at the hospital, his staff was not immune to risk.

Trump had aides there recording videos and taking photographs of him. On Sunday evening, he took a surprise drive around the hospital to wave to supporters from the window of an SUV. The Secret Service agents in the car with him

Melania Trump didn’t visit husband to avoid exposing Secret Service and medical staff to COVID-19

Doctors and infectious disease experts were highly critical of President Trump’s decision to get driven in a hermetically sealed SUV around Walter Reed Medical Center to wave to supporters while he is contagious with COVID-19, endangering his Secret Service detail, photographed wearing the wrong type of personal protective equipment. The Secret Service has noticed.

Somebody at the White House had considered the safety of Secret Service agents. On Saturday, a White House official told NBC News’ Peter Alexander that first lady Melania Trump would not leave her isolation in the White House residence to visit her husband because “she has COVID” and “that would expose the agents who would drive her there and the medical staff who would walk her up to him.”

The White House defended what spokesman Judd Deere called Trump’s “short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside.” Deere told Axios‘ Alayna Treene, the White House pool reporter on duty, that “appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the president and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.” Deere did not, Treene note, “answer additional questions, such as whether the drive-by happened at the president’s request.”

More stories from theweek.com
7 insanely funny cartoons about the chaotic first debate
Report: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to retire in 2022
Doctor slams Trump for leaving hospital to drive by supporters: ‘The irresponsibility is astounding’

Source Article

Trump’s drive outside Walter Reed hospital criticized by Secret Service members, doctors

A growing number of Secret Service agents have been concerned about the president’s seeming indifference to the health risks they face when traveling with him in public, and a few reacted with outrage to the trip, asking how Trump’s desire to be seen outside of his hospital suite justified the jeopardy to agents protecting the president. The president’s coronavirus diagnosis has already brought new scrutiny to his lax approach to social distancing, as public health officials scramble to trace those he may have exposed at large in-person events.

“He’s not even pretending to care now,” said one agent after the president’s jaunt outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“Where are the adults?” said a former Secret Service member.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution.

White House spokesman Judd Deere defended the outing, telling reporters that “appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it.” Deere said precautions included personal protective equipment, without providing further details, and added that the trip “was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.”

The White House did not immediately respond to questions from The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Trump wore a mask as he waved to a crowd from the back of his vehicle, after announcing that he would “pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street.” But the face covering was little comfort to doctors, who took to Twitter to criticize the trip as irresponsible. Masks “help, but they are not an impenetrable force field,” tweeted Saad B. Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health.

Among critics was a doctor affiliated with Walter Reed.

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” tweeted James P. Phillips, who is also a professor at George Washington University. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

Phillips said the risk of viral transmission inside the car is “as high as it gets outside of medical procedures.” Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, noted that people inside a hospital wear extensive protective gear — gowns, gloves, N95 masks and more — when they will be in close contact with a coronavirus patient such as Trump.

“By taking a joy ride outside Walter Reed the president is placing his Secret Service detail at grave risk,” he tweeted.

Trump had been irked that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows suggested he was not doing well as he fought the virus, according to campaign and White House officials.

“The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning, and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care,” Meadows said Saturday afternoon, in sharp contrast to doctors who offered rosy

Outbreak at Secret Service Training Center Underlines Proximity of Virus to White House

Rick Nelson, a former official on the National Security Council under the George W. Bush administration who dealt with homeland security issues, said few other law enforcement agencies faced such pressure to continue operations while at the whims of political candidates prone to travel.

“They have a relatively small work force that doesn’t allow them to absorb and respond to the fluctuation,” said Mr. Nelson, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They’re at higher risk than the general public because they can’t do their job if they’re social distancing.”

The Secret Service trains its officers and agents at a sprawling campus in Laurel, Md. The center has mock versions of Air Force One, Marine One, the president’s helicopter and the White House grounds. There is a large parking lot where agents learn how to drive the hulking armored limousine the president is driven in, which is known as the Beast. A nearby garage houses many of the older limousines that the agency has used in recent decades.

As cities began to carry out social distancing guidelines in the spring, the Secret Service closed its training facility in Maryland from March to June 1. Agency officials said it reopened after four months in part to respond to mounting pressure to add to the nearly 7,800 employees in the agency. An inspector general report in 2016 found the agency’s training “continues to be hindered by low staffing levels and high operational demands on the work force.”

The agency enacted various safety procedures, including relocating classes outdoors, instituting temperature checks and requiring agents to wear personal protective gear while participating in close-contact drills, according to Julia McMurray, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, who declined to provide a total number of confirmed cases among agents.

“Any U.S. Secret Service employee who may have tested positive would have been immediately isolated and returned home and out of the working environment. Considerations would also be taken to ensure the least amount of contact with the public,” Ms. McMurray said. “Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. Secret Service has taken significant precautions at its training center to protect the health and welfare of its trainees and training staff.”

The agency declined to specify daily staffing levels at the facility. The service reduced the number of classes allowed to train there — normally about 10 groups — to no more than six when it reopened in June. But even those precautions could not stop a virus that has now left more than 200,000 people in the United States dead.

The covert work of agents in the Secret Service, and how it conflicts with social distancing guidelines, has not captured as much public attention as the law enforcement agencies with visible patrol officers like the New York Police Department, which has had thousands of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. But the task of serving on a protection detail, and specifically training for the job, requires coming into the exact close contact with others that the

Wisconsin business groups sue to keep COVID lists secret

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Three business groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block Gov. Tony Evers’ administration from releasing the names of more than 1,000 businesses with employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, saying the release would blacklist those operations as the disease surges across the state.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce along with the Muskego and New Berlin chambers of commerce filed the lawsuit in Waukesha County, a Republican stronghold. They allege that Evers is preparing to release on Friday a list of more than 1,000 businesses that have had two or more employees test positive in response to media requests.

They argue that the data is extrapolated from the employees’ medical records, which are considered private under state law. Releasing the information would violate the employees’ privacy and ruin the businesses’ reputations, the groups contend.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction blocking the release and unspecified damages.


Evers, a Democrat, told reporters during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment on it. However, he said the administration is trying to satisfy requests for information under Wisconsin’s open records law.

“We’re not going to be putting these lists of businesses on our website,” Evers aid. “We’ve been asked by media for lists of businesses under investigation. Our lawyers have worked on that and it its a legitimate release that we’ll be doing. We have an obligation to the public to obey the law in that area.”

The dust-up comes as COVID-19 is tearing unchecked across the state, leading to a record number of deaths and patients jamming hospitals.

State health officials reported 27 deaths on Wednesday, a new daily record. On Thursday, they reported 2,887 newly confirmed cases, another record. The state has now seen 125,161 cases and 1,348 deaths since the pandemic began. It now ranks third in the nation for per-capita increases in cases over the last two weeks.

Nearly 700 people are currently hospitalized with the disease. According to state health officials, only 17% of hospital beds were available as of Thursday afternoon.

Kelly McBride Moore, a spokeswoman for Green Bay-based Bellin Health, said over the last week their emergency department has seen so many patients that at times nurses had to place them in beds on hallways.

Matt Heywood, president and CEO of Wausau-based Aspirus Health Care, said his system was averaging about 10 COVID-19 patients a day until about three weeks ago, when the average jumped to 47. As of Thursday, 61 of the system’s 345 total patients had the disease, he said, making it more difficult to move patients between facilities because beds aren’t available.

Dr. Emron Andrandi, president and CEO of Appleton-based ThedaCare, said the number of COVID-19 patients in his hospital has grown from 13 a month ago to 64 on Thursday. He added that 250 employees didn’t show up for work Thursday because they may have been exposed to the disease in the community.

Evers issued an executive order Thursday allowing health care workers

Northern Lights Strengthens Geological Team at Secret Pass and Medicine Springs

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2020 / Northern Lights Resources Corp. (CSE:NLR) (the “Company” or “Northern Lights”) is pleased to announce a number of updates as the Company advances the Secret Pass gold project in Arizona and the Medicine Springs silver, lead zinc project in Nevada.

Northern Lights is pleased to announce the following appointments to its corporate and project teams:

  • Mr. Paul Warren has been appointed to our geological team and is leading our exploration program at the Secret Pass Gold project in Arizona. Paul is a highly experienced Professional Geologist with over 25 years of experience in exploration, geotechnical, structural geology and mine operations. From 1995 to 2017, Paul worked for PT Freeport McMoran (“Freeport”) at the company’s copper and gold mine in Irian Jaya, Indonesia (one of the largest copper/gold mines in the world). Paul held a range of operating and management positions at Freeport including Exploration Geologist where he conducted helicopter assisted exploration in remote locations; General Superintendent roles leading and training Freeport geological teams in resource, geology and hydrology modelling. Paul is an expert at computer based modeling and early stage exploration of Cu-Au porphyry skarn deposits. Paul holds a Master of Arts in Geology and a Bachelor of Science Geology from University of Texas. Paul is a Professional Geologist and is a Certified Professional Geologist. Paul is based in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Mr. William (Bill) Tafuri has been appointed to our geological team and will oversee exploration at the Medicine Springs silver lead and zinc project in Nevada and assist the Company exploration program at Secret pass and other project evaluations. Bill has over 40 years of experience working on a wide range of gold and base metals exploration and development projects throughout USA, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia. Bill’s experience includes senior roles with: Getty Mining Company where he managed exploration and project evaluation for porphyry copper as well as gold projects; Senior Geologist at Santa Fe Gold and subsequently Newmont Gold; Phelps Dodge where he directed and lead local geological teams in Kazakhstan and evaluated gold and polymetallic deposits; Chief Geologist for Kinross Gold where he was responsible for all exploration projects in the Western Hemisphere. Bill holds a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Utah and a Masters in Geology and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Nevada. Bill is based in Park City, Utah.

Both Paul and Bill will report to NLR’s Chief Geologist, Gary Artmont who is overseeing and directing the Company’s exploration strategy.

  • Mr. Michael (Mike) England has been appointed as a Strategic Advisor to Northern Lights. Mike is a Vancouver based mining industry executive and is currently leading several successful exploration companies with projects in Canada and USA including Sky Gold Corporation, BTU Metals and Golden Lake Exploration. Mike will assist Northern Lights with the company’s business growth and financing strategy.

Northern Lights has begun the application processes for an OTCQB listing with DTC eligibility as well as a Frankfurt Stock

Los Angeles’ Soiled Little Secret

An inventory of the highest 10 healthiest foods may look like a come-on. Right this moment’s psychiatry leans towards day treatment facilities where there are less workers members and an increased emphasis on group remedy as opposed to individual therapy, which paved the course for halfway homes in addition to permitting sufferers with mental sickness to go house at evening and nonetheless receive remedy in the course of the day.

Another factor that Psychological Health America discovered was that with the 2010 Reasonably priced Care Act introducing the 10 Essential Health Benefits (EHB), a state would need to choose a health plan from the present health plans to make use of as a benchmark for different Qualified Health Plans (QHP) inside that state (Nguyen, 2015).

If you merely can not address a healthy weight loss plan, exercise and emotional control, however genuinely favor to eat junk food, be completely drunk, be below fixed stress, and be disliked by others, then get pleasure from your life while it lasts, but perceive that the trade-off is that it’ll probably not final long.

@ Keala – It feels good to be able to inspire you to try out healthy foods and recipes. Hospital stays in Japan can last for months at a time as a result of the affected person may need time to get in steadiness emotionally, mentally, and bodily. Mental health is how we think, feel, and act to be able to face life’s situations.

In accordance with Coronary heart Health on June 2011, Black coronary heart patients less more likely to get top hospital care Examine: Blacks don’t get life-saving heart procedures that white counterparts get. Eat cucumbers, which provide sulphur – a hint ingredient that is obligatory for healthy pores and skin!!…