Coronavirus Live Updates: Barron Trump Had COVID-19

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Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban Tests Positive For COVID-19 ― 10/14/2020, 5:25 p.m. ET

University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, one of the most recognized names in the sport, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The university made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the school’s athletic director, Greg Byrn, has also tested positive.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban, 68, said in a statement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

The university said it will test everyone in the football program on Thursday.

― Lydia O’Connor

Barron Trump Had Coronavirus — 10/14/20, 4:35 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump’s son Barron Trump had COVID-19, according to his mother, first lady Melania Trump.

In a statement Wednesday on the White House website, Melania Trump said her 14-year-old son tested positive for the coronavirus after she and the president both had earlier this month. Barron Trump “exhibited no symptoms” and has since tested negative, the first lady said.

Donald and Melania Trump tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, and the president was hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed Military Medical Center before returning to the White House for continued treatment. The White House said Monday that Donald Trump had tested negative for the virus, though his medical and communications teams have been consistently opaque about the details of his health.

When reporters asked the president about his youngest son, Donald Trump told them “Barron’s fine.” Melania Trump said Wednesday that she has now tested negative, but not without first experiencing “a roller coaster of symptoms” that included a cough, headaches, body aches and fatigue.

“Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand just how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care that we did,” the first lady wrote in her statement. “If you are sick, or if you have a loved one who is sick — I am thinking of you and will be thinking of you every day.”

Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, and he continued to do so even after he tested positive. He called it a “blessing from God” that he was infected and has told Americans not to fear the virus even though more than 216,000 people in the United States have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

— Sanjana Karanth

GOP Rep. Bill Huizenga Tests Positive For COVID-19 — 10/14/20, 2:05 p.m. ET

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating while he awaits the results of a second test.

Huizenga said the positive result came from a rapid test he took ahead of an appearance with Vice President Mike Pence. The two men were expected to attend a campaign rally in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

— Ryan Grenoble

Labor Secretary’s Wife Tests Positive For COVID-19 — 10/14/2020, 8:50 a.m. ET

Trish Scalia, the wife of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday night.

Doctors confirmed her positive result on Tuesday afternoon, the agency said in a statement, adding that she was “experiencing mild symptoms but doing well.“
The labor secretary had tested negative and was experiencing no symptoms.

In late September, Eugene and Trish Scalia attended the Rose Garden ceremony that appears to be the source of a COVID-19 outbreak among more than 30 White House insiders. Photos from the event show the labor secretary seated in the second row near Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who tested positive as well.

Other photos show the labor secretary, who is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, mingling inside the White House without a face mask. His mother, Maureen, was also in attendance.

— Dave Jamieson

White House Says Trump Is Negative For COVID-19 ― 10/12/2020, 5:53 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, his physician said Monday.

The news comes more than a week after the president revealed he was ill with the coronavirus and was hospitalized for three nights.

His results were determined by the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card, a type of rapid test, his doctor said. His medical team is now confident that “the president is not infectious to others.” 

― Lydia O’Connor

W.H. Chief Of Staff Refuses To Wear Mask While Addressing Reporters ― 10/12/20, 2 p.m. ET

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday refused to keep his mask on to address reporters, despite a recent coronavirus outbreak that infected at least 10 people in the White House, including President Donald Trump.

In a video the incident, Meadows can be seen stopping to talk to members of the press as he walks down a hallway in the U.S. Capitol.

“I tell ya what. Let me do this. Let me pull this away,” Meadows, donning a black mask, tells the reporters while grabbing a microphone stand and walking backward for a few feet.

“And then, that way, I can take this off to talk,” he says as he removes his mask, prompting at least one reporter to let out a groan.

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