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Pence put others at risk by campaigning after coronavirus exposure, experts say

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Despite his possible exposure to the coronavirus, Vice President Pence crisscrossed the country in recent days, keeping up a campaign schedule that experts say put those around him at risk.

By Monday, the number of his aides known to have tested positive for the virus had grown to five, and the vice president scrapped plans to preside over the Senate’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. But he had already headlined rallies in Florida, North Carolina and Minnesota.

Asked whether Pence was endangering others by campaigning, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that “the short answer is yes.” Pence should receive frequent tests, maintain physical distance from others and wear a medical-grade N95 mask at all times, Gottlieb said in an interview Sunday with CBS News.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The coronavirus pandemic is reaching deep into the nation’s most sparsely populated states and counties, where distance from others has long been part of the appeal and this year had appeared to be a buffer against the virus.
  • An 18-year-old University of Dayton student died last week of complications from covid-19 after a lengthy hospitalization, school officials announced. Faculty, staff and graduate students had been raising concerns for months about the school’s reopening plan.
  • In five red states, coronavirus cases are surging, yet their leaders have refused to loosen rules on who can vote by mail. Most of the approximately 30 million registered voters who live in Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee have no choice but to cast ballots in person.
  • El Paso imposed a new curfew on residents after intensive care units reached full capacity, while Utah’s hospital association warned that it would soon have to begin rationing care if current trends do not improve.
  • The president of Fox News and key members of the network’s election team have been told to quarantine after they were exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus after last week’s presidential debate.
  • Coronavirus case counts in Canada continue to climb, and officials are pointing to Thanksgiving gatherings as one possible cause. Canadian Thanksgiving, celebrated two weeks ago, might provide a cautionary tale for Americans.
  • As a record-setting second wave of coronavirus infections sweeps Europe, Italy is imposing its harshest pandemic restrictions since the spring.
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Here's what to know:

The coronavirus pandemic is reaching deep into the nation’s most sparsely populated states and counties, where distance from others has long been part of the appeal and this year had appeared to be a buffer against the virus.
An 18-year-old University of Dayton student died last week of complications from covid-19 after a lengthy hospitalization, school officials announced. Faculty, staff and graduate students had been raising concerns for months about the school’s reopening plan.
In five red states, coronavirus cases are surging, yet their leaders have refused to loosen rules on who can vote by mail. Most of the approximately 30 million registered voters who live in Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee have no choice but to cast ballots in person.
El Paso imposed a new curfew on residents after intensive care units reached full capacity, while Utah’s hospital association warned that it would soon have to begin rationing care if current trends do not improve.
The president of Fox News and key members of the network’s election team have been told to quarantine after they were exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus after last week’s presidential debate.
Coronavirus case counts in Canada continue to climb, and officials are pointing to Thanksgiving gatherings as one possible cause. Canadian Thanksgiving, celebrated two weeks ago, might provide a cautionary tale for Americans.
As a record-setting second wave of coronavirus infections sweeps Europe, Italy is imposing its harshest pandemic restrictions since the spring.

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