Coronavirus

NYC Hits Five Congregations With Stiff COVID Fines

The New York Daily News reports: City officials gave out 62 fines totaling $150,000 for violations of COVID-19 rules in hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens over the weekend, the city government said Sunday. Five unnamed religious institutions were among those hit with fines. The crackdown came amid an alarming spike in COVID cases from Borough Park, Brooklyn, to Kew …

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Pence Trolled By Banner Plane During Speech To FL Seniors: “Pence Is Why You Can’t See Your Grandkids”

The Daily Beast reports: As Mike Pence spoke to retirees in Florida on Saturday, a banner towed by a plane flew over his head: “Pence is why you can’t see your grandkids.” The vice president addressed members of The Villages, the nation’s largest retirement community, warning the largely maskless crowd that the election would determine “whether America remains America.” It …

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New Cases Hit Two-Month High, Increases In 19 States

Reuters reports: New cases of COVID-19 in the United States hit a two-month high on Friday with over 58,000 infections of the coronavirus reported and hospitalizations in the Midwest at record levels for a fifth day in a row, according to a Reuters analysis. Ten of the 50 states reported record one-day rises in cases on Friday, including the Midwestern …

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Trump’s Doctor Claims He’s No Longer Contagious

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s doctor said in a memo released Saturday night that he was “no longer considered a transmission risk to others,” as the president prepared to resume campaign activities this week. The memo from Dr. Sean P. Conley, the White House physician, said he was releasing information with Mr. Trump’s permission. But the amount of …

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US Aims To Shorten Quarantine For NYC-London Travel

The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. officials are aiming to open travel between New York City and London with shortened traveler quarantine periods as soon as the holidays, according to people familiar with the matter. The growing availability of Covid-19 tests in the U.S. has prompted officials at the Transportation Department, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to revive …

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Christie Prescribed Same COVID Drug Given To Trump

CNN reports: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being kept under close watch by doctors as he enters his second week in the hospital battling the coronavirus, making his case the most serious among senior Republicans in contact with President Donald Trump while he may have been carrying the virus. Most senior Republicans in Trump’s circle either are convalescing …

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Trump Claims He’s Now “Medication Free” [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: President Trump, in his first televised interview since he announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, said Friday night that he was “medication free” and back to normal, a week after he was hospitalized after having trouble breathing. “I feel very strong,” he said. In the interview with Dr. Marc Siegel on “Tucker …

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WH Blocked CDC Order For Masks On All Transport

The New York Times reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials. The order would have been the toughest federal …

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Court Rules For Cuomo After Orthodox Groups Sue

Gothamist reports: A federal judge on Friday denied a request by Jewish organizations to temporarily block Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order to restrict attendance at houses of worship as part of a renewed shutdown in regions of the state experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. “[The governor] has lawfully exercised his power without religious animus to make sure we don’t find …

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Trump Camp Announces Monday Rally Near Orlando

Reuters reports: President Trump will hold a campaign rally on Monday in Florida, his first time hitting the campaign trail since testing positive for COVID-19. The announcement comes despite the fact that the White House has yet to say whether Trump is still infectious or when he last tested negative. The president will gather in Sanford, Fla., with supporters on …

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Commission Cancels Second Presidential Debate

Politifact reports: After refusing to participate in a virtual debate, President Donald Trump continued to wage a war with the Commission on Presidential Debates, saying that the group chooses biased moderators and that it apologized after tampering with his microphone when he debated Hillary Clinton in 2016. In an Oct. 8 phone interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump …

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Nine COVID Cases Traced To Minnesota Trump Rally

The Duluth News Tribune reports: Minnesota’s current COVID-19 surge shows no signs of slowing. The Health Department on Friday, Oct. 9, reported another 1,401 newly confirmed cases and 14 more deaths. Hospitalization rates continue to trend upward. They follow a stretch of more than a week when average new daily case counts topped 1,000. The trend line of active COVID-19 …

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SC Senate Debate Canceled After Graham Refuses Test

Charleston’s CBS News affiliate reports: A debate between Sen. Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison in Spartanburg tonight has been canceled, and two separate forums will take its place instead. This comes after Harrison’s campaign called for Graham to take a COVID test. “We’re disappointed that Lindsey has failed to take a simple coronavirus test, but we appreciate our hosts were …

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Fauci: Barrett WH Ceremony Was Superspreader Event

The Hill reports: Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on Friday said the White House held a coronavirus “superspreader event,” referring to the White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. “I think the data speak for themselves,” Fauci said during a CBS News Radio interview when speaking on the …

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Trump To Hold In-Person Event On WH Lawn Tomorrow

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump is scheduled to host his first in-person event since testing positive for the coronavirus on Saturday at the White House discussing “law and order,” despite evidence of a growing coronavirus outbreak at the White House this week. The event will feature “remarks to peaceful protesters for law and order” by the president, according to …

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Trump Drops Plans For Weekend Rallies In FL And PA

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump will remain at the White House this weekend, people familiar with the matter said, after he said he wanted to hold rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania despite questions over the stage of his recovery from Covid-19. Trump, who told Fox’s Sean Hannity late Thursday that he wanted to hold rallies Saturday and Sunday, won’t …

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School Attended By Barrett Kids Reports COVID Cases

The New York Times reports: A school attended by some of the children of Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee who brought her family to a Rose Garden celebration at the White House on Sept. 26, notified parents on Thursday that one teacher and two high school students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak at Trinity School, …

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Graham Refuses COVID Test Before Tonight’s Debate

Columbia’s ABC News affiliate reports: Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Jaime Harrison, released a statement Thursday saying he plans to take a Coronavirus test before Friday night’s second debate, and wants the Republican incumbent, Senator Lindsey Graham to take one as well. Harrison saying, in light of recent events including, President Trump and at least a dozen of others …

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Trump Reverses, Offers $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Package

CNBC reports: The White House will take a $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus offer to Democrats as the sides work to strike a deal before the 2020 election, a source told CNBC. The plan would mark an increase from the $1.6 trillion the Trump administration previously proposed. House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion bill earlier this month, and the sides have …

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House Dems Seek Panel On Trump’s Mental Capacity

The Hill reports: House Democrats on Friday unveiled legislation creating a panel to gauge a president’s capacity to perform the job — and potentially remove the commander in chief from office in cases of decided debility. The commission would be permanent, applying to current and future administrations, but it’s a clear shot at President Trump, whose treatments for the coronavirus …

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