Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19.
- The President received a test for COVID-19 on Thursday after learning one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, also tested positive.
- He announced around midnight on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive as well. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
- President Trump is 74-years-old.
- Here’s his earlier tweet before his own test result: “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
- Hicks traveled with the president and members of his team throughout the past week, including on a trip on Wednesday, at times in close quarters. However, there is no way of knowing if she transmitted the virus to the President.
- Why It Matters: President Trump’s age puts him at a higher risk for serious complications due to COVID-19. Nationwide, health experts continue to carefully watch a rise in COVID-19 cases, particularly in the Midwest, to see if the increase is temporary or a trend, heading into the critical fall months when flu will also be present. More than 1 million people have died from the illness (200,000+ in America); More than 7M infected.
- The Vice President’s press secretary confirmed via tweet that both Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday morning. Later Friday, the Vice President’s physician revealed that the Vice President is not considered a close contact with any of the individuals who tested positive and so he does not need to quarantine.
- The President posted a video to Twitter ahead of his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday afternoon. According to the afternoon update from Pres. Trump’s physician, the President received an 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyconal antibody cocktail, an experimental drug cocktail which is still undergoing a clinical trial.
- Late Friday night, the President’s physician reported that he is doing “very well.” His physicians have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy, and said “he has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably.”
- Several people who attended the September 26th Rose Garden ceremony where Pres. Trump formally nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court have tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to the President and First Lady, including former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, Senators Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, Notre Dame University president John Jenkins, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also helped the President prepare in the days leading up to Tuesday’s presidential debate
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by Jenna Lee,