The Morning Dispatch: Trump vs. the Virus

Happy Monday! If you have the coronavirus or were exposed to the coronavirus, please don’t plow ahead with your Ozaukee County Oktoberfest fundraiser, or head back to the office to tell your staff in person, or order your assigned Secret Service agents to accompany you on a little joy ride. Just go and stay home.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 41,284 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday per the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, with 4.4 percent of the 934,726 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 475 deaths were attributed to the virus on Sunday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 209,810.

  • President Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday, hours after he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. His doctors said on Sunday he may be discharged as early as today, but noted he is being treated with several experimental drugs and therapeutics.

  • A host of other prominent White House and Republican officials have tested positive for COVID-19 since President Trump announced he had contracted the virus: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Trump body man Nicholas Luna, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Thom Tillis, and Sen. Mike Lee.

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