US President Donald J. Trump has tested positive for the presence of the Covid-19 virus in his system. The test was administered on the evening of Thursday, October 1 by the president’s physician, Sean Conley. The president himself tweeted the result at 1 AM Friday.
Covid-related White House news escalated quickly Thursday. First Hope Hicks, senior counselor to the President, formerly the executive VP of the Fox Corporation, tested positive. She has been exhibiting symptoms even at the time of Tuesday night’s debate. Then the President and First Lady, because of their proximity with Ms Hicks, were also tested and they announced, even before receiving the results, that they would “begin our quarantine process.”
On Friday afternoon, the President was helicoptered to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
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The news set off a furious round of contact tracing, i.e. the creation of lists of anyone who might have come into contact with any of those three individuals, and might accordingly require testing. The President went to a fundraising event in New Jersey, at his Bedminster golf course, after Hicks had already started to show symptoms. New Jersey public health officials are seeking to determine which of the attendees and facility staffers had significant contact with POTUS.