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President Trump was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday evening after announcing he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Trump is struggling with a low-grade fever, a cough and nasal congestion, among other symptoms, said two officials familiar with his condition who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s health.

Multiple people who were at Trump’s Saturday announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee have tested positive for the coronavirus, including first lady Melania Trump, former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins and a journalist.

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October 3, 2020 at 12:26 AM EDT
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Trump receiving remdesivir at Walter Reed, his doctor says

By Reis Thebault

The president is receiving remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown modest benefits for some people, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus and has “completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” according to a late Friday news release from his doctor.

Remdesivir was developed in partnership with government agencies and at least $70 million from U.S. taxpayers. For doctors and researchers, clinical studies have reinforced questions about the effectiveness of the drug and who is best suited to receive it. The most conclusive evidence shows it reduces hospital stays from 15 to 11 days but does not significantly reduce the odds of dying of the coronavirus.

In the afternoon, his physician had said he Trump had received an “antibody cocktail” and was “fatigued but in good spirits." That update came just minutes before administration officials told The Post that the president was preparing to check in to Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution.”

The “antibody cocktail” is an experimental treatment made by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron and is one of the most promising known. Experts say it could be the best bet for fighting the virus.

“Following PCR-confirmation of the president’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail,” White House physician Sean Conley said in a statement.

He said the president completed his treatment “without incident,” and that Trump is also taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin. A team of experts is evaluating and advising the president, Conley said.

Regeneron manufactures the drug, a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies, from hamster ovary cells. It’s meant to reduce the virus’s lethality by boosting a patient’s immune defense. Early data from the drug’s trials are encouraging but preliminary. When it works, it can prevent an illness from progressing to the point where a person may need to be hospitalized or put on a ventilator.

In a statement, Regeneron confirmed that it provided the president with the treatment after his physicians filed a “compassionate use” request, a rare exception to the drug’s use, which at this point is mainly confined to clinical trials.

“In addition to the clinical trial supply and product being manufactured under an agreement with the U.S. government,” the statement read, “there is limited product available for compassionate use requests that have been approved under rare, exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis.”

October 3, 2020 at 12:03 AM EDT
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Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien tests positive for coronavirus

By Philip Rucker

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a campaign official, becoming the latest person in the president’s orbit to receive a diagnosis. The news was first reported by Politico.

Stepien, 42, became campaign manager in July, replacing Brad Parscale. He was the field director for the 2016 campaign and has worked for the president since the election.

October 2, 2020 at 11:57 PM EDT
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Notre Dame faculty members await coronavirus test results

By Tom Hamburger and Jon Swaine

Multiple faculty members from University of Notre Dame were awaiting coronavirus test results late Friday after attending a White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Barrett along with the school president, who announced he had tested positive.

Around 18 faculty members who traveled to Washington for the Sept. 26 event were tested with nasal swabs on Friday, according to a person familiar with the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private health matters. Results from the tests are expected within 48 hours, the person said.

October 2, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT
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Biden hoping for more debates, and for Trump’s full recovery: ‘I genuinely feel badly for the president’

By Matt Viser

In interviews with Michigan-based TV stations, Biden said several times that he hoped that Trump recovers from the coronavirus and that the president would be healthy enough to have more debates.

“I genuinely feel badly for the president," Biden told WOOD-TV, the NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. "I hope to God that this is something that he and his wife will be able to tolerate and get through without any lasting impact on them.”

He said he hopes there are more debates, in part because it would mean that the president is healthy enough to do so. He is particularly eager for a debate in a town hall format, which allows for questions from voters.

“I understand the debate commission is debating — no pun intended — rule changes," Biden said. “My view is whatever they decide is fine by me.”

Biden also said that he was not alerted to Trump’s diagnosis through the White House or Trump’s campaign but learned about it with everyone else on the news. He reiterated that he tested negative at the debate, and in two tests today.

“What I felt positive about is we never got closer than you and I are," Biden told an interviewer standing at a distance. "And my wife was there but she had a mask on, in the audience.”

In a separate interview, Biden said that he hoped that the news about Trump’s diagnosis would encourage more Americans to wear a mask.

“I hope it changes the perception among many people who thought that not wearing a mask made them somehow, I don’t know, free or whatever," Biden told WXYZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Detroit.

“It’s not about wearing the mask to protect yourself. It’s wearing a mask to protect other people, the people around you. It’s a patriotic thing to do,” he added. "It’s deadly earnest, deadly serious. And I’m hoping it’s a wake-up call for the country. There should be a mask mandate.”

October 2, 2020 at 11:41 PM EDT
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4 other senators at Rose Garden event test negative

By Seung Min Kim, Paul Kane and Terri Rupar

In addition to Sens. Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, who have tested positive for the coronavirus, six other Republican senators were at Saturday’s Rose Garden event: Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia. It is not publicly known whether it was a super-spreader event.

Sasse said Friday night that he tested negative for coronavirus, but would stay in Nebraska — which he returned to by car, not plane — until Oct. 12 instead of returning to Washington and would be tested further “because of his close interaction with multiple infected individuals.” Aides to Crapo, Loeffler and Blackburn said they took diagnostic tests, which returned negative results.

Tillis and Lee, as well as Sasse, Hawley, Crapo and Blackburn, are on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

October 2, 2020 at 11:34 PM EDT
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Trump tweets that he’s doing well

By Colby Itkowitz

Shortly after leaving for Walter Reed, Trump tweeted an 18-second video of himself thanking well-wishers in his first tweet since revealing he’d tested positive for the coronavirus in a 1 a.m. tweet.

“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump said. “I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure things work out.”

Trump added that the first lady is “doing very well.”

He tweeted again at 11:31 p.m., this time without a video, saying: “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

Trump was seen wearing a mask and walking without assistance across the White House lawn to the Marine One helicopter that flew him to the hospital.

October 2, 2020 at 10:37 PM EDT
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Coronavirus and Fox News collide, and Chris Wallace is at the center of it

By Sarah Ellison and Elahe Izadi

Fox News is home to some of President Trump’s biggest cheerleaders, which has paid off for the network in the form of exclusive interviews with the commander-in-chief and his aides who typically shun other networks. But Trump’s positive test for the coronavirus has turned any proximity into potential danger — particularly after Fox News enjoyed the honor this week of having one of its anchors moderate a presidential debate.

Anchor Chris Wallace sat only 10 to 12 feet from a maskless Trump and Joe Biden in an enclosed space for the duration of the hour-and-a-half debate on Tuesday that was the most chaotic in modern history.

So when both Trump and his wife, Melania, revealed their positive test results early Friday morning, Wallace became part of the story — but also brought his trademark tough interrogation tactics and blunt truth-telling to the network’s coverage of the emerging story.

October 2, 2020 at 10:24 PM EDT
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Kellyanne Conway, former senior adviser to Trump, says she has tested positive for coronavirus

By Terri Rupar

Kellyanne Conway, former senior adviser to the president, joins a growing number of Trump’s aides and allies who say they have tested positive for the coronavirus.

She tweeted Friday night that her “symptoms are mild” and that she is “feeling fine.”

Conway, who worked in the White House until August and was one of Trump’s campaign managers in 2016, was among the more than 150 guests at Saturday’s Rose Garden event announcing the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins were also at the gathering and have tested positive, though it’s not publicly known if the ceremony was a superspreader event.

October 2, 2020 at 10:15 PM EDT
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Trump’s debate guests refused to wear masks, flouting rules

By Aaron Davis, Shawn Boburg and Josh Dawsey

A little more than two days before she reported testing positive for the coronavirus, first lady Melania Trump — as well as the president’s sons, daughters and several guests — violated safety protocols at the first presidential debate by taking off their masks after being seated in a live studio audience in Cleveland.

Several in the president’s entourage continued without masks after an official from the Cleveland Clinic, which co-hosted the debate, offered them masks in case they didn’t have any, according to debate moderator Chris Wallace. “They waved them away,” Wallace said on Fox News on Friday morning.

It was a violation of rules that both campaigns agreed to, Frank Fahrenkopf, head of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

“The first family came in wearing masks, but they took them off. The rules said you had to wear a mask,” Fahrenkopf said. “Everyone in that hall was supposed to keep the mask on, other than the president, Biden and Chris Wallace.”

October 2, 2020 at 9:55 PM EDT
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Three White House journalists test positive for coronavirus after closely covering Trump

By Paul Farhi

Journalists who work at the White House have been on high alert about the coronavirus since March, but the issue took on even greater urgency Friday with a mini-outbreak in the press room following President Trump’s crowded events and his own positive test for the virus.

Three journalists, including New York Times correspondent Michael D. Shear, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, as did a White House staffer who works with the press. The new infections prompted another round of anxiety and cautionary notes among those who cover the president.

The White House Correspondents’ Association urged its members to steer clear of the press room and the small warren of workspaces behind it inside the East Wing unless they have urgent business. In the first of a series of emails on Friday, the group’s president, Zeke Miller of the Associated Press, asked journalists who don’t have an enclosed office in the workspace and aren’t part of the press pool — the rotating group of reporters that follows the president and shares its reporting with other reporters — to stay away from the White House altogether.

October 2, 2020 at 9:30 PM EDT
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How the coronavirus spread in Trump’s White House

By Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Ashley Parker and Robert Costa

The ceremony in the White House Rose Garden last Saturday was a triumphal flashback to the Before Times — before public health guidelines restricted mass gatherings, before people were urged to wear masks and socially distance.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed more than 150 guests as the president formally introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett, his nominee for the Supreme Court. A handful of Republican senators were there, including Mike Lee of Utah, who hugged and mingled with guests. So was the Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, who left his Indiana campus where a coronavirus outbreak had recently occurred to celebrate an alumna’s nomination.

Spirits were high. Finally, Trump was steering the national discussion away from the coronavirus pandemic — which had already killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and was still raging — to more favorable terrain, a possible conservative realignment of the Supreme Court.

Attendees were so confident that the contagion would not invade their seemingly safe space at the White House that, according to Jenkins, after guests tested negative that day they were instructed they no longer needed to cover their faces. The no-mask mantra applied indoors as well. Cabinet members, senators, Barrett family members and others mixed unencumbered at tightly packed, indoor receptions in the White House’s Diplomatic Room and Cabinet Room.

Five days later, that feeling of invincibility was cruelly punctured. On Thursday, counselor to the president Hope Hicks, who reported feeling symptoms during a trip with the president to Minnesota on Wednesday, tested positive for the virus. That evening, Trump announced that he and the first lady also had tested positive and began isolating inside the White House residence.

October 2, 2020 at 9:08 PM EDT
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Twitter cracks down on tweets wishing for Trump’s death

By Heather Kelly

In the hours after President Trump tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, legions of people took to social media to air their shock, schadenfreude, support and, in some cases, to say they hoped the president would die from the virus.

Twitter said in a tweet Friday evening that it would take down any tweets that “wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone*.” The social media company said it would remove the tweets but not suspend the users who made them. It linked to an existing policy on abusive behavior. There were still many tweets on the site saying various versions of the same thing, so it was unclear how much Twitter was enforcing the policy.

The firm stance took some longtime Twitter users by surprise, many of whom had been subjected to similar harassing tweets over the years. Twitter has long struggled with harassment on the platform, with many reported tweets being allowed to stay up after review.

Twitter has also been trying to police Trump’s own tweets, taking action on a handful in recent months. In 2019, Twitter stated that if world leaders, including Trump, violated the same policy, the company would hide the tweets with a warning that says “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”

Twitter did not immediately return a request for comment.

October 2, 2020 at 9:04 PM EDT
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Will president, first lady be counted in D.C. case numbers? It’s unclear.

By Brittany Shammas

Among the many questions swirling after the president and first lady, as well as others in their orbit, tested positive for the coronavirus is how their cases will be tallied.

Because of the way infections are counted, it’s unclear for now. A Friday news release from D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s office said that “as has been the practice throughout the pandemic, state health agencies only include its own residents within its case total.”

In a decision that was reported widely at the time, the Trumps changed their primary residence from New York City to Palm Beach County, Fla., late last year. The president registered to vote in Florida, using the address of his private club, Mar-a-Lago; this raises the question of whether his coronavirus case would be logged there instead of in D.C.

The D.C. Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Florida Department of Health spokesperson said in an email that cases in the state “are recorded according to an individual’s self-reported permanent residency.”

“We work with other state health agencies to communicate information regarding non-Florida resident cases in Florida and Florida resident cases outside of our state,” a subsequent email added.

The spokesperson said the department could not comment on specific cases.

October 2, 2020 at 9:02 PM EDT
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11 people denied entry to presidential debate after positive tests

By Meryl Kornfield

Eleven people tested positive for the coronavirus and were unable to receive credentials to enter the presidential debate venue in Cleveland on Tuesday, Cleveland Clinic confirmed Friday.

The hospital that hosted the debate clarified in a statement that the infected people were either members of the media or scheduled to work logistics for the event, following a statement from city officials earlier Friday that linked the infections to “pre-debate planning and setup.”

The officials said a majority of those cases were out-of-state residents and, as of Friday, no resident of Cleveland appears to have been infected because of the event.

The news of the cases comes after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who attended the debate, tested positive for the virus Thursday, after Hope Hicks, a close adviser to the president who traveled with them on Air Force One to Cleveland, developed symptoms. Three journalists who cover the White House also tested positive.

The president and members of his entourage, including members of the Trump family, chose not to wear masks at the debate, despite urging by officials.

Attendees of the debate — or any large gathering — should get tested for the virus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said at a news briefing Friday.

“It’s a powerful reminder to pay attention,” DeWine said. “If the president of the United States, if the first lady, [can get it] we can get it, too, and we have to be careful.”

DeWine did not go as far to say that future campaign events in Ohio should be canceled and also did not answer whether the state would take any action against those who flouted mask guidelines at the debate.