COVID Update: President Trump, School Assessment and Rapid Test Kits

Oct 2, 2020

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus
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President Trump announced this week that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that throws the final stretch of the presidential campaign even further into unknown territory.

President Trump plans to continue carrying out his duties, but is expected to remain home for two weeks, canceling campaign events as doctors watch him at the White House. The President is 74, an age that makes him more vulnerable to the disease.

The White House physician says the president and first lady, who's 50, "are both well at this time." The news came by tweet early Friday. Only hours earlier, the president had told his friend Sean Hannity in an interview on Fox News that he and Melania Trump had begun "a quarantine process" after White House adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Hicks is one of the president's closest aides.

For months, President Trump has contradicted medical professionals on the importance of wearing masks. At recent rallies — most of which are outside — large crowds have gathered, with many in the audience opting against wearing the widely recommended face masks.  PresidentTrump himself is rarely seen wearing a mask in public, citing the frequency of COVID-19 testing for both himself and his staff.

New York City middle and high school students are back in the classroom for the first time today but there's coronavirus concerns. WBGO’s Scott Pringle reports.

New Jersey officials are releasing new data about outbreaks that have cropped up in schools since the academic year began several weeks ago.  As WBGO’s Joe Hernandez reports, Governor Phil Murphy says he’s happy with where things stand.

New Jersey officials have announced a big boost to their COVID-19 testing efforts. WBGO's Kenneth Burns reports that the state is getting 2.6 million rapid test kits.