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Live Updates: Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus : NPR

Since stepping into the role in 2018, White House physician Sean Conley has played a key part in the president’s medical care. He’s believed to be the first doctor of osteopathic medicine to serve in that position.

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Since stepping into the role in 2018, White House physician Sean Conley has played a key part in the president’s medical care. He’s believed to be the first doctor of osteopathic medicine to serve in that position.

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Since President Trump’s announcement of a positive coronavirus test early Friday, a previously little-known White House physician is now an integral source of information on the president’s condition.

Sean Conley, a Navy commander, has been Trump’s physician since 2018. It was a memo from Conley that confirmed Trump’s tweet that he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus.

Standing outside at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Trump was admitted Friday, Conley assured reporters that the president’s symptoms were improving. But he started a series of conflicting messages when he made a reference on Saturday to being “72 hours into the diagnosis.”

He later said he misspoke, and that Trump was first diagnosed Thursday evening.

Conley took over the role from Dr. Ronny Jackson in 2018, after Jackson was nominated to be secretary of veterans affairs. (Jackson subsequently withdrew himself from consideration amid allegations he fostered a hostile work environment and behaved inappropriately on the job.)

Conley supervised Trump’s physical last year, declaring the president in “very good health overall.”

After Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in March, members of Bolsonaro’s administration soon tested positive for the virus, including one who was at the dinner. Conley publicly stated that Trump was at low risk for the coronavirus because of limited interactions with infected individuals that “occurred before any symptom onset.”

Bolsonaro would go on to announce he had the virus in July.

Perhaps most notable of Conley’s decisions was prescribing the drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus preventative in May. In a memo, Conley said he and the president had numerous discussions over the risks and potential benefits of the drug.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June found the drug does not protect against infection.

Unlike his predecessor, Conley doesn’t have an M.D. Instead he has a D.O.: doctor of osteopathic medicine. He graduated in 2006 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, according to the school.

Osteopathic medicine is a field geared toward a holistic approach, focusing on the role of lifestyle and environmental factors, according to the American Osteopathic Association. Doctors in the field are fully licensed physicians. In a May 2018 blog post, the organization noted that Conley may have been the first D.O. to serve as a president’s physician.

According to a LinkedIn entry, Conley has served as an emergency physician for the U.S. Navy since 2006. Both the LinkedIn page for Conley — and a listing by the Virginia Board of

What We Know Of President Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis : Live Updates: Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus : NPR

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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President Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus. But questions remain about what exactly happened before and after — when the president was first diagnosed, started experiencing symptoms and exactly what treatment he received and when.

On Saturday, White House Physician Sean Conley, for example, told reporters Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, but then said in a memo later on that he meant to say three days. Conley refused to say whether Trump had ever received supplemental oxygen this week, and another doctor said Trump received treatment 48 hours ago — also quickly walked back by the White House.

Here’s what we know about what happened when:


President Trump hosted a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Eight people who attended the ceremony, including the president, have since tested positive for the coronavirus.

Later that night, Trump flew to Pennsylvania for an outdoor rally. Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest aides who would later test positive for the coronavirus, accompanied the president.


President Trump attended the presidential debate in Cleveland. Members of the Trump family and other guests of the president did not wear masks in the debate venue, despite being asked to by Cleveland Clinic staff.

Debate moderator Chris Wallace said on Fox yesterday that Trump wasn’t tested before attending the debate because he arrived late. They went on the honor system, he said.


Hope Hicks walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday.

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Hope Hicks walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday.

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Trump flew to Minnesota for a fundraiser and an outdoor rally.

Hope Hicks reportedly started to feel unwell and tried to isolate on the Air Force One ride back to Washington.

Based on Conley’s initial reference to 72 hours since the diagnosis, that would mean Trump was diagnosed mid-day on Wednesday.

The White House later walked Conley’s reference back, saying it had not been 72 hours since the president was diagnosed, saying Conley meant to say it was day 3 since the diagnosis.


Hicks reportedly received a positive coronavirus test on Thursday. She had also traveled with the president on Tuesday and Wednesday.

That afternoon, Trump flew to New Jersey for an indoor fundraiser where few people wore masks.

At Saturday’s press conference, Dr. Brian Garibaldi said the president began an experimental

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Sept. 30 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

“IDPH recognizes that some who will choose to gather together anyway, and instead of denying that reality, we are issuing guidance and recommendations for safer ways to celebrate together in person,” IDPH director Dr. Ngozi Ezike wrote in a statement. “Remember, we know what our best tools are: wearing our masks, keeping our distance, limiting event sizes, washing your hands, and looking out for public health and each other.”

Additionally, the central Illinois region around Champaign-Urbana could be hit with stricter restrictions on restaurants, bars and other businesses as the percentage of positive coronavirus tests is on the rise, state public officials warned on Wednesday.

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

8:35 p.m.: American Airlines to furlough 19,000 employees as clock runs out on deal for federal aid

American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 employees on Thursday after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic-relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

CEO Doug Parker said Wednesday night that if Washington comes up with a deal for $25 billion in airline aid “over the next few days,” American will reverse the furloughs and recall the employees.

The move by American represents the first — and likely the largest — involuntary jobs cut across the industry in coming days. United Airlines has indicated it could furlough nearly 12,000 workers.

8:15 p.m.: Pelosi, Mnuchin have ‘extensive’ talks on coronavirus relief

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation” Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

After a 90-minute meeting in the Capitol, Pelosi issued a statement saying the two would continue to talk. “We found areas where we are seeking further clarification,” she said. Talks resume Thursday.

“We made a lot of progress over the last few days. We still don’t have an agreement,” Mnuchin said after meeting with Pelosi and briefing top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell.

At the very least, the positive tone set by Pelosi and Mnuchin represented an improvement over earlier statements. But there is still a considerable gulf between the two sides, McConnell said.

“I’ve seen substantial movement, yes, and certainly the rhetoric has changed,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said.

7 p.m.: Cook County Board commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

A Cook County commissioner who appeared in a news conference with board President Toni Preckwinkle last week announced on Wednesday he tested positive for coronavirus.

Commissioner Kevin Morrison, D-15th, released a statement late afternoon that he will self-isolate for 14 days and not resume activities until he tests negative. He said he is mostly asymptomatic.

“Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Morrison wrote. “Fortunately, I am feeling well with very little symptoms. … I encourage everyone to continue to follow public health guidance and to stay safe.”


Trump COVID-19 updates: Mike Pence tests negative

President Donald Trump said that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump’s positive test came just hours after he confirmed that senior aide Hope Hicks, who had traveled with him several times this week, had come down with the virus.

Here are the latest updates (all times CDT):

7:15 a.m.: Vice President Mike Pence announces he’s negative for COVID-19

Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus on Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said.

“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

6:45 a.m.: Putin offers ‘sincere support’ to Trump as world leaders offer statements of support (and some schadenfreude)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is extending wishes of a speedy recovery to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and expressing “sincere support in this difficult moment,” according to a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday.

The Kremlin says Putin sent Trump a telegram saying, “I hope that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus.”

The Russian president joined a list of world leaders expressing sympathy and concern and some thinly-veiled schadenfreude, in light of Trump’s repeated downplaying of the pandemic and shoot-from-the-hip approach to the science surrounding it.

For example, Australian news site, the Betoota Advocate, posted a story with this headline: “Trump Family Records More Cases Of Community Transmission Than Entire State Of Queensland.” Read more here. —Associated Press

4 a.m.: Pompeo says he has tested negative for COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus after they were examined on their airplane 20 minutes prior to landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Friday.

He said it was the fourth time in two weeks he has been tested.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pompeo says the last time he was with Trump was on Sept. 15, at the White House, for the signing of normalization agreements among Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The top U.S. diplomat says he is reconsidering upcoming travel to Florida on Saturday and Asia starting Sunday as a precaution.

He says, “We are praying for the president and the First Lady and we hope they have a speedy recovery.”

3:40 a.m.: On Monday, Trump updated the nation on coronavirus strategy. By Friday, he tested positive.

On Monday, President Donald Trump updated the nation on the administration’s coronavirus testing strategy and announced a plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests. By early Friday, he had the virus himself.

On the days in between, Trump interacted with scores of staff, donors and supporters. Even the woman he has nominated to the

CT Coronavirus Updates: Hospitalizations, Infection Rate Rise

CONNECTICUT — Connecticut saw a second day of double-digit increases in coronavirus hospitalizations and a positive test rate around 1.8 percent on Wednesday.

The state reported 221 new cases out of 12,390 test results. Hospitalizations increased by 12 patients up to 104, which is the highest figure since June 26.

Hartford County saw the biggest increase in net hospitalizations with seven more patients, which brought the total to 38. Fairfield and New London counties saw an increase of three patients up to 23 and 16 respectively. Litchfield County went from no hospitalizations to one.

Tolland County continued to have no coronavirus hospitalizations, Windham has two hospitalizations and Middlesex had five; both had no change Wednesday. New Haven saw a decrease of two patients down to 19.

Norwich continues to be a growing spot of coronavirus activity; it had 89 cases reported over the past week, which is about a quarter of all cases identified since the pandemic began. Danbury also continues to have higher virus activity than other areas with 75 cases in the past week.

Another three deaths were reported, which brought the state total up to 4,508.

Gov. Ned Lamont said during a Wednesday news conference that he didn’t want to overstate the increase and for now the state’s third reopening phase on Oct. 8 has the green light.

The biggest changes in total case counts over one day by town are:

  1. Norwich: 23

  2. Danbury: 18

  3. New London: 12

  4. Hartford: 10

  5. Bridgeport: 7

  6. New Britain: 7

  7. Waterbury: 7

  8. East Hartford: 6

  9. Bloomfield: 5

  10. New Haven: 5

The biggest changes over the past week by town are:

  1. Norwich: 89

  2. Danbury: 75

  3. Hartford: 68

  4. New Britain: 54

  5. Bridgeport: 53

  6. New London: 49

  7. Waterbury: 46

  8. Fairfield: 37

  9. Windham: 34

  10. Stamford: 32

This article originally appeared on the Danbury Patch

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Covid-19 News: Live Updates – The New York Times

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More than 60 percent of households with children in the United States reported serious financial problems — including struggles to afford medical care, depletion of household savings and difficulty paying credit card and other debts — during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

Black and Latino households with children bear the brunt of the hardships. Of the Latino households who responded, 86 percent reported these difficulties; in Black households, 66 percent reported them. In white households, the number hovers around 50 percent.

The immense differences were surprising, as they came after federal and state governments invested heavily in programs for communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, said Robert Blendon, a director of the study behind the report and a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“So much money was spent to put a cushion under households,” Dr. Blendon said, adding that because of this, “the expenditures should have lowered for everybody.” But, he said, “the numbers of people in trouble, that is the shock.”

The poll, conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 3,400 adults, 1,000 of whom were living with children under the age of 18, between July 1 and Aug. 3.

Now that some government measures to support households financially during the pandemic are waning, experts are concerned that the financial devastation could be worse than what the survey shows, said Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now, Dr. Morita said, “households are probably suffering just as much if not more,” leaving Black and Latino communities especially “unprotected.”

The survey highlights other challenges faced by households with children during the pandemic. Over a third of them reported “serious problems” keeping children’s education going. Six in 10 said that an adult in the home lost their job, was furloughed or had wages or hours cut. And in nine out of 10 households where someone was diagnosed with Covid-19, they faced “serious financial problems” in addition to difficulty caring for their children.

These responses, Dr. Blendon said, show that a high number of households — particularly Black and Latino ones — will face substantial long-term financial effects from the pandemic.

“It’s a very large number of people who can’t pay the basics,” Dr. Blendon said. “You have unbelievably vulnerable people over the next six months.”




Trump and Biden on a Coronavirus Vaccine

President Trump claimed that a vaccine for the coronavirus would be available to the public “soon,” while Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed concern over the safety of any rapidly approved vaccine.