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First Lady Melania Trump revealed her son Barron, 14, tested negative for Covid-19 after first testing positive.

President Trump announced he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. But Barron and his siblings reportedly tested negative.

The first lady revealed her son Barron's positive test in a statement posted on Whitehouse.gov, titled "My personal experience with COVID-19."

"It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received - I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation's Commander-in-Chief, received the same news."

She continued: "Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn't help but think 'what about tomorrow or the next day?'. My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive."

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Melania was relieved that her 6-foot-5 teenager experienced no symptoms.

"Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative."

Melania went on to say she experienced "minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after. I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time."

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President Trump was treated with antibodies and a steroid at Walter Reed Medical Center. But Mrs. Trump chose a "more natural route ... opting more for vitamins and healthy food."

The first lady encouraged Americans to "continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy."

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R&B star Trey Songz has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 35-year-old crooner revealed his diagnosis in a video on his Instagram page: "Here with a very important message to let you know I tested positive for COVID-19," he said.

"I've taken many tests as I've been out protesting, food drives, of course I have a very young son at home, so I get tested periodically and this time it unfortunately came back positive."

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Noting that 1/1000 Black people have died from the virus, and revealing that he believes Covid-19 was the cause of his grandfather's death earlier this year, Trey continued: "I will be taking it seriously. I will be self-quarantining, I will be in my house until I see a negative [test]."

Trey wore a black sweatshirt with the words "Black Lives Matter" printed on the front.

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The 35-year-old Sagittarius concluded his video by telling his followers to speak out if they come into contact with the virus, saying: "If you come in contact with Covid, please do say. Please do say. Don't be like the president."

President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, Oct. 2. Democrats lashed out at the President for removing his mask on the White House balcony after he arrived home from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday.

The "Bottoms Up" singer captioned his video: "Down but not out! Stay safe y’all! Wear your mask. Wash your hands."
 

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19. McEnany revealed her diagnosis on Monday, Oct. 5, and will start the "quarantine process".

"After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms," McEnany said in a statement.

McEnany's positive test is the latest in nearly a dozen positive cases among President Donald Trump's inner circle, including Trump and his wife, Melania.

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Trump, who was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation late Friday, is reportedly "eager" to be discharged home to the White House after responding well to a treatment regimen that included an antibody cocktail and a steroid.

The President's advisers indicate that he would like to be discharged home by Monday evening.

"We're still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and how strong he's been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease that he will be released, but that decision will not be made until later today," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

The rash of positive tests in the Trump administration has sparked speculation that someone intentionally infected Trump and those in his inner circle.

Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also tested positive, leading to calls for the Senate to delay the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 include senior adviser Hope Hicks, Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien, and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna.

Trump's former adviser KellyAnne Conway also tested positive as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who assisted Trump prior to his first debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Christie checked himself into the hospital over the weekend with "mild" flu-like symptoms.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are doing "well" despite contracting Covid-19, according to a statement from their doctor.

America's leader announced his diagnosis in a tweet early Friday morning. Trump said he and the First Lady had contracted the coronavirus and, in an update from White House doctor Sean P. Conley, it was confirmed the President and his wife are doing well during their health scare.

"This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus," he said, adding they plan to quarantine until they test negative for the flu-like virus in 10-14 days.

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"The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions."

Conley continued: "Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."

Melania also tweeted that she and her husband are "feeling good" but have postponed all their upcoming engagements. According to CNN, Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for the virus.

Trump and his wife were tested after Trump's top aide Hope Hicks revealed her positive diagnosis on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump in November's presidential election and shared a debate stage with him on Tuesday, offered his and his wife Jill's sympathies to the pair.

"Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery," he tweeted. "We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

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Alyssa Milano is among the Never-Trump celebrities who reacted to the President's Covid-19 diagnosis on Friday. In a tweet, Milano insisted she "wouldn't wish this virus on my worst enemy".

The former "Charmed" star, who was allegedly diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year, tweeted that, although she's not a fan of the U.S. president, she wouldn't wish for him to contract it.

"As someone who has had #COVID19 and still suffers from post-covid syndrome, I can honestly say with all that I am that I wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy," she wrote. "Please wear a mask."

Actress Patricia Arquette added: "They will have access to every medical support and intervention imaginable. I just hope I don't have to hear later 'it's just a bad flu.'"

Other tweets were less sympathetic" Padma Lakshmi called it "karma", while gleeful Todrick Hall tweeted:

"2020 is that b**ch a*s gift that keeps on giving! Trump got on tv mask shaming Biden and defending his 'covid jokes' and now Trump and Melania have covid! You can't make this stuff up!"

Trump and wife Melania's positive tests came just hours after one of the POTUS' top aides, Hope Hicks, revealed she had contracted the virus.

Hicks's positive test prompted radio personality Scott Nevins to tweet: "Once again, a pretty young woman has gotten Donald Trump in trouble because he did not wear protection."

Actor James Woods tweeted:

"In my 73 years on this earth I have never witnessed a man and his family be put to the test like this President and First Lady have been. God challenges those who are needed most. While the Left is no doubt sniggering with glee, we patriots pray for our @POTUS and our @FLOTUS."

The President has been publicly unwilling to wear a face mask amid the pandemic and has only sported one on a few occasions.

Both Trump and the First Lady are expected to recover without any ill effects. Herd immunity can't be achieved in the U.S. unless a majority of the population contract the virus.
 

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Americans woke up this morning to the news that U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The POTUS broke the news on his Twitter page, just hours after revealing that he and the First Lady were having tests following the positive diagnosis of one of his top aides Hope Hicks.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted.

Melania added on her Twitter page: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

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Both Trump and his wife are exhibiting mild, flu-like symptoms, according to Fox News sources. Trump, 74, was described as "lethargic" at an event last night.

But the White House expects both the President and First Lady to recover without any ill effects. They will also have immunity against this particular strain of the COVID virus going forward.

The president and the First Lady are quarantining for the next two weeks. It is unclear if Trump will attend the second debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden next week.

Trump's critics seemed to gloat over the news that he has contracted the virus.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement:

"The president testing positive for the coronavirus should serve as a wake up call to every single American. The virus doesn't care if you're rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, young or old. No one is immune, not even the president."

Trump isn't the first politician to contract the virus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Republican Senator Rand Paul are among the other bold name politicians to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Nashville, Tennessee officials concealed "extremely low" coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in leaked emails, according to WZTV.

The leaked emails between a senior adviser to Nashville's mayor and a health department official reveal a "disturbing effort" to conceal the low number of coronavirus cases among people who patronize bars and restaurants without wearing masks or face coverings.

"On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases," according to one leaked email obtained by WZTV.

In the same email chain, Leslie Waller from the health department asks "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

In another email exchange, Tennessee reporter Nate Rai asked the health department to clarify the low number of COVID cases coming from bars and restaurants.

"If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn't that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

His query left health department official Brian Todd scrambling for a suitable response.

He asked five other health officials: "Please advise how you respond. BT."

The response from an official whose name was redacted from the leaked email:

"My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be "because that number is increasing all the time and we don't want to say a specific number.""

For months now, conservatives have accused health officials of over-exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to keep Americans on lockdown until after the November elections.

Atlanta has fully reopened after a 3-month lockdown. Every bar and nightclub within the Atlanta city limits is packed with patrons who don't wear masks or social distance.

There has not been a spike in coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in Atlanta.

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A new at home spit test could potentially turn around Covid-19 test results within 30 minutes.

Currently, Americans who want to be tested for COVID-19 are subjected to a painfully invasive nasopharyngeal swab shoved into the back of their throat.

Columbia University and biopharmaceutical company Sorrento announced a new COVID-19 rapid test kit that can be conducted at home with test results within 30 minutes.

The COVID-19 saliva diagnostic test works like a pregnancy test - but using saliva instead of urine.

The kit, called COVI-TRACE, has already passed initial non-peer reviewed clinical studies, according to medRxiv.com.

Doctors at Columbia University's Medical Center will escalate clinical trials within weeks, and if the results are positive, will apply for an emergency use authorization from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

If approved by the FDA, the test kits will be fast-tracked at "rapid, full-scale production" to bring the tests to market quickly. The tests will retail for around $10 per kit.

The COVI-TRACE saliva test kits could be a game changer. People who test positive at home would get follow-up testing at a clinic or hospital, and possible treatment if they have symptoms.

COVI-TRACE saliva kits would save time and money spent testing millions of healthy people who aren't sick.

Many Americans still do not have access to COVID-19 testing and those who have been tested complain about the long wait times for results.

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A letter sent to residents of an apartment building in Ventura County, California is going viral on social media. The letter, sent to residents on July 17 by an apartment manager appears to trample all over the constitutional rights of the residents.

Acting on an order from the Ventura health department, the complex manager informed residents that they will be locked in their apartments until the results of their forced Covid-19 tests come back. Test results could take a week or more.

The apartment manager's gestapo-like tactics include security guards posted at all exits and entrances -- presumably to prevent the residents from fleeing, unless they are essential workers.

All resident key cards were "deactivated" to further restrict the residents' access to the outside.

The manager concludes the letter by reminding residents to keep their distance and wear a mask inside their apartments.

Imagine being forced to take an HIV test or a flu test and being locked in your apartment until the test results come back. Is that even legal?

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Update: According to Citizens Journal, the 7-story apartment building was home to elderly residents and people with behavioral disorders.

Legal mediator Kevin Daly writes: "I find it scary that the city would quarantine people for three days based on the positive Covid19 test of 1-2 people which are very suspect based on the high number of false positives and other factors."

He continued:

"I called Mayor Matt Lavere on the radio and he claimed to have no knowledge of what was transpiring at the apartment complex and claimed that it would be a county public health issue.I then called and left a message with the City of Ventura Fire Chief letting him know of potential for liability if residents were locked inside and a fire were to occur on the premises. Magically the quarantine was lifted that same day that I made the two phone calls."

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It gets worse. In a comment left on Citizens Journal, resident Melodye Jarvis detailed her harrowing experience with false imprisonment:

"I live in this building and none of you are getting the full cause of the tenants anger. Thursday night about 9pm the building was locked down without notice. Tenants couldn't go to the courtyard or get their cars into the parking lot, as I said no notice. The next morning people pounded on doors, shouted at us, ordered us around and herded us down the hall. Ater testing we were ordered back to our apartments and told the manager would get the results in 2 days after the weekend. Also we went from the one guard to keep unauthorized people out to 3 guards to keep us in. So it is not true that we could go out. People with dogs had no way to take them out A blind tenant had to have someone come and remove his service animal, leaving him totally unprotected. Many people complained to the Housing Authority and suddenly, the next day it was okay to go to the courtyard and if you checked out and in with the guards most could leave for short periods."

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Chrissy Teigen shared a photo of herself posed in a disposable paper medical gown as she urged her female fans to keep up to date with their Pap smear tests in an Instagram post on Sunday.

The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model took to the social media site directly from the examination room, wearing nothing but the paper towel gown and a protective face mask, as she prepared to undergo a Pap smear procedure.

"Don't forget to keep up with your paps and have your boobs touched even though the world is ending," wrote Chrissy, who recently had her breast implants removed and replaced.

A Papanicolaou test is used to check for cervical cancer, while annual healthy woman check-ups include a breast exam to check for signs of breast cancer.

Chrissy recently underwent surgery to reverse a boob job she had done at the age of 20, after experiencing discomfort.

"You have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate and now I am screwed," she explained. "I want them out now. If I could do one thing, it would be to have a lift. I think you're supposed to replace them (implants) every 10 years.

"But when you have kids you think about (the risks of) surgery and I think, 'This is not the way I want to die, in boob surgery'," Chrissy added.

The star shares 4-year-old daughter, Luna, and 2-year-old son, Miles, with husband John Legend.
 


 

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Health officials and lawmakers are urging protesters to get tested for COVID-19 after thousands broke Covid-19 infection precautions during widespread demonstrations.

As the global COVID-19 cases rose past 6.5 million on Thursday, health officials and lawmakers in the U.S. worried that the second wave of Covid-19 will arrive sooner than predicted.

California reported a rise in infections after protests and looting in response to the death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on protesters to get tested after a spike in cases in several hotspots.

"I'm not a nervous Nellie, I'm just looking at the numbers," said Cuomo during his daily press conference on Thursday.

Cuomo said all protesters have "a civic duty" to get tested. "Assume you are infected."

He noted that an estimated 30,000 people have protested in New York state. "Many wear masks. But there is no social distancing. Police are in their face ... If you were at a protest, get a test, please," Cuomo said.

Officials in Chicago expressed similar concerns and asked protesters to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

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Thousands of people attended memorial services for George Floyd in Minneapolis and Brooklyn, NY. The memorial services will culminate with Floyd's funeral in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Tuesday.

Watch the livestream here.

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A White House valet has tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump's personal valet is part of a military unit that works with the president and the first family.

President Trump confirmed he has had little contact with the infected valet. Trump was notified of the valet's test result on Wednesday and the president was again tested for the virus, which was negative.

It's unclear if the valet is symptomatic.

The president and Vice President Mike Pence are each tested several times a week for the potentially deadly virus. White House staff and Trump's cabinet members are also tested weekly, but new guidelines were issued on Thursday to test White House staffers daily.

A former CDC official urged President Trump to quarantine himself for 14 days since someone who works close to him has tested positive.

Dr. Cyrus Shahpar recommended that the president "quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the confirmed case."

Dr. Shahpar told CNN:

"We all don't want to transmit disease. In this case, as a high visibly person, I think he should set an example and really go into that quarantine of 14 days. And don't put too much stock into one negative test. It takes time to develop, you know, enough virus to test positive. So, one test today doesn't necessarily mean that you know, over the next few days, it may not be something different."

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the director of the national health laboratory and ordered an investigation after a goat, sheep and pawpaw (fruit) tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Magufuli said on Sunday the tests were "faulty" after samples from the animals and a piece of fruit came back positive.

"This clearly states that it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they are not infected by the coronavirus," Magufuli said. "Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?"

Magufuli also fired the head of the government Medical Stores Department, which oversees distribution of medical supplies and equipment to government hospitals.

The President's ministry of health sent in the non-human tests, along with false names and ages -- without informing the lab technicians of the samples' origins.

Catherine Sungura, acting head of communications at the ministry of health, said in a statement on Monday the lab director and its quality assurance manager had been immediately suspended "to pave way for the investigation".

As of Monday, Tanzania has confirmed 480 cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths, according to REUTERS.

Africa has reported the lowest fatalities and cases of Covid-19 as compared to the United States, which also has many questionable Covid-19-related deaths.

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A Black doctor, who is best known for testing homeless people for COVID-19 in Miami, was handcuffed outside his house and charged with trash dumping.

Dr. Armen Henderson spoke out about the racial profiling incident that occurred on Friday, April 10. Henderson says he was unloading supplies outside his home when Miami cops rolled up.

Henderson, an internist at the University of Miami Health System, wrote about the incident on Facebook on Saturday.

"The Miami Police Department has officers trying to cuff me for unloading boxes of tents in front of my own damn house. Tents I was going to take to the houseless," he wrote.

"No mask, all up in my face, pointing fingers trying to intimidate me like I was his child," Henderson wrote.

"If was a fairer-skin person or a white person, just doing the same thing, I don't believe he would've stopped me," Henderson told CNN.

"It was the nature of the stop that really concerned me."

Henderson said he was cuffed when he asked the officer for his ID.

Henderson called out to his wife who was standing on the front porch with their two children.

"All of a sudden, he's got his finger all up in my face, he's pointing at me, yelling at me, saying, 'You're going to call me sir, call me sergeant.' It was very humiliating."

Henderson said the cop told his wife he was being arrested because of his attitude. Henderson then said the cop removed the handcuffs and drove off.

Henderson said he wanted an apology from the cop.

Chief of Police Jorge Colina released a video statement after Henderson's story went viral.

"The City of Miami Police Department does not condone or accept profiling of any kind," Colina said. "We've been made aware of a video that's been circulating of an encounter that occurred on Friday on April the 10. This encounter involves a City of Miami Police Sergeant, who stops outside of a resident’s home."

Colina stated "We have had a litany of complaints pertaining to illegal dumping."

He said the cop observed a cargo van parked in front of the house, "where there appears to be trash that's being offloaded. That's the genesis of the stop."

Colina said Henderson's complaint will be investigated.
 

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Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the rest of the Utah Jazz staff have been cleared of the coronavirus by the state's health department.

The team received the good news on Friday. Neither player was hospitalized, though Gobert said he briefly lost his sense of taste and smell.

Mitchell took to his Instagram page to share the happy news with his followers. Even though he is cleared and he can't pass the virus on to others, he said he will stay home to ease the fears of the public.

The NBA cancelled the rest of the season after Gobert tested positive. Mitchell tested positive the next day, while the rest of the Jazz players and staff tested negative.

According to the USA Today, Oklahoma City health officials took 58 tests kits to Utah's Vivant Center to test the players and staff on site because the health department considered it a "public health decision."

Other NBA players who tested positive include 2 unidentified Lakers players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, 3 unidentified Philadelphia 76ers players and 3 unidentified Nets players. The Denver Nuggets also reported one member of their organization tested positive.