Editor’s note: This is a live account of COVID-19 updates from Sunday, Oct. 25, 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 It is no longer being updated.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.
With an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus infecting senior aides of Vice President Mike Pence, a top White House official declared Sunday: “We’re not going to control the pandemic.”
Mark Meadows, chief of staff to President Donald Trump, when pressed to explain why the pandemic cannot be reined in, told CNN’s “State of the Union” the government is now focused on getting effective therapeutics and vaccines to market. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign quickly seized on Meadows’ remarks, saying in a statement the Trump administration had effectively waved “the white flag of defeat” for combatting the virus.
Sunday’s developments emerged as the daily U.S. coronavirus caseload reached a record 83,757 on Friday.
In Washington, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Washington state hit 649 on Saturday, according to state health officials. The state’s Department of Health (DOH) no longer reports new deaths on the weekend. The state’s totals are 102,913 cases and 2,296 deaths, according to DOH data as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
Throughout Sunday, 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 Saturday are here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.