Editor’s note: This is a live account of COVID-19 updates from Friday, October 2, as the day unfolded. It is no longer being updated. Click here to see all the most recent news about the pandemic, and click here to find additional resources.

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the new coronavirus after a busy week of appearances plunges the country deeper into uncertainty. By Friday afternoon, Trump had developed a cough, fever and fatigue, according to The New York Times. He planned to spend several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and work from its presidential suite. Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative, his spokesperson said today. Presidential candidate Joe Biden said he tested negative, too. Here’s the latest, along with a statement from Trump’s doctor and what we know about the health risks he faces. With a large circle of politicians and aides now at risk, much more than Trump’s travel schedule may be derailed. “This did not have to happen,” a University of Washington pulmonologist said after Trump scoffed at virus precautions before his positive test.

Earlier Thursday evening, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed through a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan that would provide aid to families, schools, restaurants, businesses and airline workers. But the wish list has little chance of becoming law as negotiations with the Trump administration have failed to yield a bipartisan agreement.

Throughout Friday, on this page, we’ll post updates on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Thursday are here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)

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NY to local governments: Enforce virus rules or face fines

NEW YORK — New York state’s daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,500 for the first time since late May as Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned local governments Friday that they’ll face fines if they don’t enforce social distancing and mask rules.

Officials are increasingly concerned about virus flare-ups in parts of New York City and suburban Rockland and Orange counties. Although an oft-cited measure of the virus’ spread — the percentage of tests that come back positive — is about 1.3% statewide, it’s over 6% in a group of about 20 ZIP codes under scrutiny, Cuomo said. And the raw number of new cases reported statewide on Thursday hit 1,598, the most since May 27, when considerably fewer New Yorkers were tested: about 65,000, compared to 119,000 on Thursday.

“The hot spots are a significant problem,” Cuomo said Friday in a conference call with reporters, and “compliance is not where it needs to be.”

The Democratic governor has complained for days that local governments haven’t been cracking down enough on violations of state virus safety regulations. He ratcheted up pressure Friday by saying the state health commissioner would tell local officials in hot spots that they have to step up enforcement and can be fined up to $10,000 a day if their efforts are found wanting.

New York City said it had inspected nearly 1,000 businesses in the last three days.

—Associated Press
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India’s COVID-19 fatalities top 100,000, behind US, Brazil

NEW DELHI — India crossed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, putting the country’s toll at nearly 10% of the global fatalities and behind only the United States and Brazil.

The Health Ministry reported another 1,069 fatalities in the past 24 hours, driving the death toll to 100,842. It also raised the country’s confirmed caseload to more than 6.4 million with 79,476 new infections.

The grim milestone comes at the heels of a growing crisis for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist government that has been criticized over the handling of the virus and doing very little to alleviate the contracting economy that has left millions jobless.

—Associated Press

Trump expected to stay at hospital ‘a few days’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was hospitalized Friday after learning he had the coronavirus and experiencing what aides called coughing, congestion and fever, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and destabilizing an already volatile campaign only 32 days before the election.

Trump was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after being given an experimental antibody treatment as the White House rushed to cope with a commander in chief infected by a virus that has killed more than 208,000 people in the United States. Officials said he would remain in the hospital for several days and canceled upcoming campaign events.

The White House shrouded Trump’s condition in secrecy, saying little more than that he had “mild symptoms,” and officials characterized the hospital stay as a precautionary measure. But the normally voluble president remained almost entirely out of public view, skipped a telephone call with governors at the last minute and uncharacteristically stayed off Twitter nearly all day while people close to the situation said his fever and other symptoms worsened as the hours wore on.

“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump, wearing a suit and tie but appearing unusually pale and lethargic, said in an 18-second video taped just before getting on the Marine One helicopter and then posted on Twitter in his first public comment of the day. “I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”

Read the full story here.

—The New York Times

Victoria premier concerned over mall outbreak

MELBOURNE, Australia — The COVID-19 figures in Australia’s Victoria state continued to show improvement on Saturday but officials are concerned about an outbreak at the country’s largest shopping center.

Victoria reported three more COVID-19 deaths and eight more cases. The figures take the state toll to 805 and the national death count to 893.

Melbourne’s latest 14-day average stood at 12 cases, and there have been 11 cases with an unknown source in the past two weeks up to Wednesday.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said a recent outbreak linked to southeast Melbourne’s Chadstone Shopping Centre showed why it was unsafe to ease restrictions.

A cluster of cases at the 550-store shopping center grew to 11 and includes a family.

“If we were to open up now, just as our modeling tells us … it will be many hundreds of cases,” Andrews said.

—Associated Press
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Three White House journalists test positive for coronavirus after closely covering Trump

Journalists who work at the White House have been on high alert about the coronavirus since March, but the issue took on even greater urgency Friday with a mini-outbreak in the press room following President Donald Trump’s crowded events and his own positive test for the virus.

Three journalists, including New York Times correspondent Michael Shear, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, as did a White House staffer who works with the press. The new infections prompted another round of anxiety and cautionary notes among those who cover the president.

The White House Correspondents’ Association urged its members to steer clear of the press room and the small warren of workspaces behind it inside the East Wing unless they have urgent business. 

—The Washington Post

Two members of Senate Judiciary panel positive for virus

WASHINGTON — Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and whether additional senators may have been exposed.

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee both said Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Both attended a ceremony for Barrett at the White House on Sept. 25 with President Donald Trump, who announced Friday that he had tested positive and was later hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Lee, who did not wear a mask at the White House event, said he had “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.” Tillis, who did wear a mask, said he has no symptoms. Both said they will quarantine for 10 days — ending just before Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin on Oct. 12.

The positive tests come as Senate Republicans are pushing to quickly confirm Barrett in the few weeks they have before the Nov. 3 election. There is little cushion in the schedule set out by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who want to put Trump’s third hand-picked justice on the court immediately in case they lose any of their power in the election.

—Associated Press

The Pac-12 pinned its football hopes on rapid coronavirus antigen tests. Here’s why the tests are promising — and where they fall short.

A new kind of coronavirus test is coming: fast, easy, (relatively) cheap, and could soon be available at an airport or school near you.

That’s the vision for rapid antigen tests, anyway. It’s shared by manufacturers, the Trump administration, businesses that want customers to feel safer. The Pac-12 athletic conference has pinned its football-season hopes on the tests helping to catch the virus before it spreads through locker rooms or to opposing sidelines.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of four antigen tests on an emergency basis, through a limited and less rigorous process than is typical for full FDA approval. Millions of them are shipping across the country, and they typically produce results within five to 15 minutes.

There’s a tradeoff, though, for the speedy tests. Experts say they’re not as accurate because they’re less sensitive to the virus than the current standard.

As the Pac-12 begins its shortened football season, University of Washington athletes will be among the first to give the emerging technology an extended spin.

Read the full story here.

—Evan Bush and Mike Reicher
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Michigan governor’s virus powers upended with court ruling

LANSING, Mich. — A 1945 law repeatedly used by Gov. Gretcher Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional Friday by the Michigan Supreme Court, a striking decision that puts months of restrictions in jeopardy while COVID-19 continues to flare up around the state.

The opinion is an extraordinary development in a monthslong conflict between Whitmer, a Democrat, and Republicans who control the Legislature and have complained that they’ve been shut out of sweeping orders that have impacted education, the economy and health care.

Coincidentally, the court’s action emerged on the same day that Whitmer’s foes submitted more than 539,000 signatures in a bid to repeal the ’45 law.

The governor said the 4-3 decision, with Republican-nominated justices in the majority, was “deeply disappointing.” But Whitmer didn’t signal that she was giving up. She said her emergency declaration and related orders still can remain in place for 21 days, and then many of them will continue “under alternative sources” of law.

Whitmer didn’t elaborate, but it’s likely that her administration will act under public health statutes.

—Associated Press

Country sees ominous trend of rising cases in past month

Coronavirus cases have risen in 33 states and Puerto Rico since late August, and at least a dozen states have reported rising hospitalizations in recent days, according to data analyzed by The Washington Post.

The coronavirus map shows flare-ups coast to coast and from the Canadian to the Mexican border. Brooklyn is once again dealing with a spike in cases, and the state of New York on Friday reported its highest one-day case count since May 28.

New Jersey and Delaware have experienced rising numbers, as has Texas, which just recently endured a midsummer surge. Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election, has been hammered. It had logged record highs in case counts for 20 straight days as of Thursday, and recorded more than 17,000 new confirmed infections in a single week.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has killed at least 208,000 people in the United States and is continuing to spread easily through many regions of the country. Infectious-disease experts had hoped transmission could be driven to low levels before cold weather arrived. That hasn’t happened, and Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Friday became part of ominous daily case counts that alarm the nation’s top doctors.

—The Washington Post

Shelton nursing home reports 47 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

A Mason County nursing home has reported a COVID-19 outbreak with 47 positive cases among residents and employees and two deaths, health officials said Friday.

Of the total cases at Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation Center in Shelton, 48 are long-term care residents and 19 are employees, according to Mason County Public Health. The agency did not specify whether the two people who died were residents or employees. The first cases connected to the 135-bed facility were reported in late September.

Throughout Washington, there have been more than 7,400 COVID-19 cases, including 1,167 deaths, associated with long-term care facilities, according to the state Department of Health.

—Paige Cornwell
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Snohomish Health District will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Everett through next week

The Snohomish Health District announced Friday that it will continue to administer drive-thru tests for the novel coronavirus in Everett through the end of next week.

According to a press release from Snohomish Health District, drive-thru tests will be available at the 3900 Broadway testing site Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening tests will no longer be available due to dwindling daylight hours and higher testing volume earlier in the day.

The Health District will also offer tests by appointment at Lynnwood Food Bank on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you do not have health insurance, the COVID-19 test will be provided at no charge; registration is open at snohd.org/testing.

In particular, testing is "strongly encouraged" for health care workers, anyone "who lives or works in a congregate setting," those with COVID-19 symptoms — fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc. — or those who come in close contact of a confirmed case, or are part of a family or social network with a confirmed case.

—Trevor Lenzmeier

State DOH confirms 694 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths in Washington

State health officials confirmed 694 new COVID-19 cases in Washington on Friday afternoon as well as 11 new deaths.

The update brings the state’s totals to 88,810 cases and 2,143 deaths, meaning 2.4% of people diagnosed in Washington have died, according to the state Department of Health (DOH). The data is as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

The DOH also reported that 7,586 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus. 

Statewide, 1,905,759 COVID-19 tests have been administered as of Thursday night.

In King County, the state’s most populous, state health officials have confirmed 22,749 diagnoses and 767 deaths.

—Trevor Lenzmeier

After Trump gets virus, Congress reconsiders testing its own

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders said Friday they are taking a fresh look at requiring virus testing on Capitol Hill after President Donald Trump’s virus infection revived fears of an outbreak in the close, increasingly tense quarters of the House and Senate.

Just hours after news of Trump’s diagnosis shook Washington and the 2020 campaign, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, became the latest member of Congress to test positive for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans. Each had appeared publicly without masks at various events; Lee attended the introduction Saturday of Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

As Trump’s campaign canceled or postponed in-person events, anxiety spiked on Capitol Hill, where testing and tracing is offered, but not required, for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

“We simply cannot allow the administration’s cavalier attitude to adversely affect this branch of government,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a statement. “It is imperative that all results be made public in order to contain a possible outbreak and so we can determine the need for senators and staff to quarantine or self-isolate.”

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—Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press
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Notre Dame’s president tests positive for coronavirus, had attended White House ceremony

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins announced Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, that he has tested positive for the coronavirus less than a week after he attended a White House event without wearing a mask. He’s shown above in a file photo from 2019. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins announced Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, that he has tested positive for the coronavirus less than a week after he attended a White House event without wearing a mask. He’s shown above in a file photo from 2019. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

The president of the University of Notre Dame has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, school officials announced Friday. The announcement came several days after he attended a White House ceremony.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins had been self-isolating on campus after the Sept. 26 event announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame alumna, as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Jenkins had been criticized by students for not wearing a mask or following other public-health protocols at the event, and expressed regret to campus earlier this week.

Jenkins was the latest prominent leader to announce an infection Friday, a day that began with the revelation that Trump and the first lady had tested positive.

During his self-quarantine this week, Jenkins learned that a colleague with whom he had been in regular contact tested positive for the virus, according to an announcement sent to campus Friday afternoon. Jenkins was tested and found to be positive as well, so he is beginning “an extended period of isolation as indicated by University medical personnel and county health officials,” the announcement said.

In the statement to campus, Jenkins said, “My symptoms are mild and I will continue work from home. The positive test is a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.”ADVERTISINGSkip Ad

A spokeswoman for the university said they would have no further comment.

Read the full story here.

—Susan Svrluga and Paulina Firozi, The Washington Post

Seattle's COVID-19 response to include low parking fees

Curbside parking will remain cheap this fall to help storefront merchants survive the COVID-19 recession, as the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced minor changes effective Monday.

Meter charges of 50 cents per hour will rise to $1 in parts of First Hill, Chinatown International District, Denny Triangle and Belltown areas, during busy times of day. Other areas will stay at 50 cents.

In recent weeks, there's been greater activity and a tougher search for parking in those four business districts, SDOT reports. Officials hope a rate hike will keep spaces available.

The SDOT in 2010 adopted a "market-based" pricing method, aiming rates just high enough that parkers limit their stays, so least 15% of spaces are typically vacant. Before the epidemic, some locations charged up to $5 per hour, in line with private garages. But the city in April made curbside spots free, followed by a 50-cent trial rate in mid-July.

Downtown commerce remains strained by fewer office workers, vandalism, homelessness, online competition and nonstop construction. Some 126 downtown stores have closed since March.

Since this spring, SDOT says it has marked 600 load zones of either three or 15 minutes, where customers obtain restaurant food or purchased goods at curbside. To request a load zone, merchants may call 206-684-ROAD.

—Mike Lindblom

117 COVID-19 cases on UW's Greek row

The University of Washington reported 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases among 11 fraternities and sororities on Friday.

The university said it's is working with the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, UW Environmental Health & Safety and local public health officials to contain the outbreak.

Over the summer there were 154 positive cases involving 15 houses in a separate outbreak in the Greek community.

—Christine Clarridge
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President Trump going to military hospital less than 24 hours after COVID-19 diagnosis

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital after contracting COVID-19, the White House said Friday.

Trump was to depart the White House by helicopter late Friday for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a White House official said. The official said the visit was precautionary and that Trump would work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.

Earlier Friday the White House said Trump remains “fatigued” and had been injected with an experimental antibody cocktail for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government.

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—The Associated Press

At-home virus tests that check saliva are available at Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies

Safeway and Albertsons pharmacies in Washington state are now offering at-home COVID-19 test kits that typically yield results in 72 hours or less, the grocery giant announced Friday.

To order the $139.99 saliva tests by Phosphorus Diagnostics, fill out a questionnaire and request a test online.

A local pharmacist will then review the questionnaire and order the test; customers will be contacted for payment and notified about whether the kit is ready to be picked up or delivered, according to a statement released by Safeway Albertsons.

After a sample is collected and sent to the lab, results will be sent back by email or text, company representatives said.

—Christine Clarridge

U.S. faces shortage of up to 8 billion meals in next 12 months, leading food bank says

In New York City, elderly people collect fresh produce and shelf-stable pantry items outside Barclays Center as Food Bank For New York City provides assistance to those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 10, 2020. Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, projects a 6 billion to 8 billion meal shortfall in the next 12 months. (John Minchillo / AP)
In New York City, elderly people collect fresh produce and shelf-stable pantry items outside Barclays Center as Food Bank For New York City provides assistance to those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 10, 2020. Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, projects a 6 billion to 8 billion meal shortfall in the next 12 months. (John Minchillo / AP)

Tens of millions of Americans have turned to a local food bank for help after becoming newly food insecure because of the pandemic and its fallout.

About 10% of Americans, 22.3 million, reported they sometimes or often didn’t have enough to eat within the past week, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse Survey fielded between Aug. 19 and 31. That is up from 18 million before March 13.

Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, projects a 6 billion to 8 billion meal shortfall in the next 12 months, a deficit that may be magnified with federal food assistance programs set to expire in the coming weeks and months.

Read the story here.

—The Washington Post
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Canada eases COVID-19 restrictions to siblings, grandparents

Siblings, grandparents and adult children of Canadians and permanent residents are among those who will soon be exempt from COVID-19 border restrictions in Canada.

The expansion of who can enter Canada comes after increasing public pressure on the government to show more compassion to families who are separated.

Canada first closed its borders to all but a shortlist of essential workers in the spring in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read the story here.

—The Associated Press

Misinformation spikes as Trump confirms COVID-19 diagnosis

News Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked an explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories that in a matter of hours littered the social media feeds of many Americans.

The White House is shown Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. The White House announced that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The White House is shown Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. The White House announced that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tweets shared thousands of times claimed Democrats might have somehow intentionally infected the president with the coronavirus during the debates. Others speculated in Facebook posts that maybe the president was faking his illness. And the news also ignited constant conjecture among QAnon followers, who peddle a baseless belief that Trump is a warrior against a secret network of government officials and celebrities that they falsely claim is running a child trafficking ring.

In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was swept into an online vortex of coronavirus misinformation and the falsehoods swirling around this polarizing election.

Read the story here.

—The Associated Press

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett diagnosed with coronavirus this summer

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, during a meeting at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday. It was reported Friday that Barrett was diagnosed with coronavirus over the summer. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, during a meeting at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday. It was reported Friday that Barrett was diagnosed with coronavirus over the summer. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this year but has since recovered, three officials familiar with her diagnosis told The Washington Post.

Two of the officials said she tested positive for the virus in the summer. All of the people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose her medical condition.

The White House declined to comment on Barrett’s earlier diagnosis.

Read the story here.

—The Washington Post
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Notre Dame president John Jenkins tests positive for COVID-19

University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins tested positive for the coronavirus, school officials said in an email on Friday.

Jenkins has been self-quarantining since his trip to the White House on Saturday for the where he was seen without a mask talking to Amy Coney Barrett, a Supreme Court nominee and Notre Dame professor, the university's student paper reported.

—Christine Clarridge

Biden tests negative for the coronavirus, his campaign says

Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have tested negative for the coronavirus, he announced Friday, just hours after President Donald Trump revealed that he had tested positive.

“I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”

Earlier Friday, Biden wrote on Twitter that he and his wife “send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery.”

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and his wife have since tested positive for COVID-19 while Biden and his wife tested negative. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool) DBT503 DBT503
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and his wife have since tested positive for COVID-19 while Biden and his wife tested negative. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool) DBT503 DBT503

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—The New York Times

Oops! Tennessee puts virus test supplies on an auction site

 Tennessee officials accidentally listed 13 pallets of coronavirus testing materials and other supplies on an auction site, officials said.

The state listed the items on GovDeals.com, a government liquidation website, but promptly removed them Thursday after The Tennessean asked about the auction. Officials told the newspaper the listing was accidental.

The auction listing was the “result of an internal processing mistake,” said Dean Flener, spokesman for the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command Team. He said the supplies should have been stored but were inadvertently labeled as surplus and so were listed for auction.

The auction had received one bid for $150 before the items were removed, the newspaper reported.

—The Associated Press
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Madrid officials reluctantly ready city for partial lockdown

Madrid’s regional government has appealed against a national order that requires a partial lockdown of the Spanish capital, just hours before a Friday night deadline for enacting the restrictions in the European coronavirus hot spot.

The appeal to the National Court argues that restrictions on movement, social gatherings and commerce by central authorities violate regional self-rule laws and provoke “totally unjustified” economic damage.

People line up for a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Madrid and its suburbs are preparing to enter a soft lockdown that restricts trips and out of the Spanish capital following a weeks-long political turf fight over Europe’s latest infection hot spot. (Bernat Armangue / The Associated Press)
People line up for a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 in the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Madrid and its suburbs are preparing to enter a soft lockdown that restricts trips and out of the Spanish capital following a weeks-long political turf fight over Europe’s latest infection hot spot. (Bernat Armangue / The Associated Press)

Under the new national order, Madrid’s regional authorities must announce before the end of Friday a set of new measures that will ban all nonessential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs, a population of around 4.8 million.

Madrid is leading the resurgence of the virus in Spain, which has Europe’s highest cumulative caseload — 770,000 since the onset of the pandemic.

Read the story here.

—The Associated Press

Pandemic spells quieter return from Alps for Bavarian cows

Bavarian mountain farmers return their cattle from summer pastures across lake Koenigssee near Berchtesgaden, Germany, without the usual din of tourists due to the coronavirus. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bavarian mountain farmers return their cattle from summer pastures across lake Koenigssee near Berchtesgaden, Germany, without the usual din of tourists due to the coronavirus. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Each fall the Resch family bring their cows down from Alpine pastures before the cold weather sets in, and each year the crowd of tourists coming to watch the traditional Bavarian spectacle grows bigger.

Not this year.

Pandemic travel restrictions meant the celebratory return of the herd Friday was more muted than usual, as visitors from Asia and the Americas stayed away.

That didn’t stop the Reschs from welcoming the 15 cows and herdswoman Petra, who had spent the summer in the mountains with the herd, with beer, schnapps and music.

After leading the cows down from the pastures to the Koenigssee lake near Berchtesgaden, the well-fed animals were draped with flowers and loaded onto a ferry to take them back home to the farm for winter.

—The Associated Press

One Chicago community endures virus, violence and turmoil

In harrowing moments, in the sobs of grieving mourners and the incessant wail of sirens, the crises of 2020 have played out painfully within a single Chicago community:

Patricia Frieson posted a hopeful Facebook message in late February when a mysterious new disease invaded her neighborhood: “May the world recover from coronavirus soon. May all be well and happy.” Less than three weeks later, she was gone.

Ron Cashaw is a shopkeeper who has devoted 17 years to building his business. A community mainstay, he plays Santa every year. Alerted one horrible weekend that looters were smashing the windows of his clothing store, he rushed to confront them. Would he be wiped out?

Teyonna Lofton, a beaming high school graduate, was honored by friends and family with a car parade one spring day. Later, as she waited at a gas station to buy a soft drink, shots rang out, and she fell hard. She prayed she would not die.

Teyonna Lofton, 18, shows the scars while sitting outside her home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, from surgeries to graft a vein from her leg to increase blood flow in her arm where she was shot. Lofton, a beaming high school graduate, had just been honored by friends and family with a car parade. As she waited at a gas station to buy a soft drink, shots rang out, and she fell hard. She prayed she would not die. In a chaotic year destined for the history books, Auburn Gresham, a Black community in Chicago, has written its own grim chapter, enduring a deadly virus, economic misery and gun violence, a constant state of turmoil that mirrors the tumult afflicting much of urban America. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Teyonna Lofton, 18, shows the scars while sitting outside her home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, from surgeries to graft a vein from her leg to increase blood flow in her arm where she was shot. Lofton, a beaming high school graduate, had just been honored by friends and family with a car parade. As she waited at a gas station to buy a soft drink, shots rang out, and she fell hard. She prayed she would not die. In a chaotic year destined for the history books, Auburn Gresham, a Black community in Chicago, has written its own grim chapter, enduring a deadly virus, economic misery and gun violence, a constant state of turmoil that mirrors the tumult afflicting much of urban America. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In a chaotic year destined for the history books, Auburn Gresham has written its own grim chapter. This Black community on the city’s South Side has endured a deadly virus, gun violence and economic misery — a constant state of turmoil that mirrors the tumult afflicting much of urban America.

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—Sharon Cohen, The Associated Press
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FAQ Friday

Health care workers assist a COVID-19 patient at an intensive care unit at the Ramon y Cajal hospital in Madrid, Spain, in April. (Manu Fernandez / The Associated Press)
Health care workers assist a COVID-19 patient at an intensive care unit at the Ramon y Cajal hospital in Madrid, Spain, in April. (Manu Fernandez / The Associated Press)

If you fall ill with COVID-19, will you suffer long-term effects?

Our FAQ Friday digs into what can happen and who’s most susceptible (in one recent survey, most were healthy before contracting the virus).

COVID-19 "long haulers" are finding solace online with each other on a lonely road that others don't quite understand: "We're not dead but we're not living."

—Ryan Blethen

Catch up on the past 24 hours

President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, Sept. 30, 2020, at a reelection campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. Trump revealed a little more than 24 hours later that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy.  (Erin Schaff / The New York Times)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, Sept. 30, 2020, at a reelection campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. Trump revealed a little more than 24 hours later that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy. (Erin Schaff / The New York Times)

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the new coronavirus after a busy week of appearances plunges the country deeper into uncertainty. The announcement came hours after senior aide Hope Hicks also tested positive. Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative, his spokesperson said today. Here's the latest, along with a statement from Trump's doctor and what we know about the health risks he faces. With a large circle of politicians and aides now at risk, much more than Trump's travel schedule may be derailed. “This did not have to happen,” a University of Washington pulmonologist said after Trump scoffed at virus precautions before his positive test.

“Come and enjoy our delicious mascarpone buttermilk pancakes,” the Salish Lodge & Spa beckoned after learning of a coronavirus outbreak that has now infected at least 25 people. It wasn't until a week after the luxury resort learned of the outbreak that the public found out about it, from health officials. This has enraged visitors and raised the question of when and how the public should be notified of outbreaks.

Jason Netland, a researcher at UW Medicine, holds up a vial of monoclonal antibodies for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Researchers are studying whether monoclonal antibodies can treat or prevent the disease. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Jason Netland, a researcher at UW Medicine, holds up a vial of monoclonal antibodies for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Researchers are studying whether monoclonal antibodies can treat or prevent the disease. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Could antibody drugs help bring the pandemic under control before a vaccine arrives? Seattle-area researchers hope to revolutionize treatment with monoclonal antibodies, which are designed to mimic the body’s natural immune response on an industrial scale. But they won’t be cheap.

Almost 20,000 Amazon employees have caught the coronavirus, according to the company, which has come under harsh criticism from workers who say it hasn't done enough to keep them safe amid surging demand. The tally includes workers at Whole Foods Market.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has begun cutting nearly 450 more workers while borrowing $1.3 billion from the U.S. Treasury, as federal aid for airlines runs out.

—Kris Higginson

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