White House Outbreak May Have Spread Coronavirus To Other Communities : Shots

Numerous people have tested positive after attending an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26 to announce the nomination of Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Numerous people have tested positive after attending an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26 to announce the nomination of Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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The White House’s apparent failures to thoroughly contact trace its current coronavirus outbreak has led local health officers to take matters into their own hands.

The District of Columbia and nine neighboring jurisdictions are calling on White House staff and visitors who might be connected to the recent outbreak there to contact their local health departments.

“We recommend that if you have worked in the White House in the past two weeks, attended the Supreme Court announcement in the Rose Garden on Saturday, September 26, 2020, and/or have had close contact with others who work in those spaces or attended those events, you should get a test for COVID,” the health officers wrote in a letter shared by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser early Thursday morning.

The authors note that this recommendation is being made based on “our preliminary understanding that there has been limited contact tracing performed to date.”

Thirty-seven White House staff and other contacts have tested positive, according to a website tracking the outbreak, citing public information such as media reports and tweets. Eleven of those positive cases are connected to the Amy Coney Barrett nomination event in the Rose Garden on September 26, according to the tracker, from which many attendees flew home to other states.

Emergency physician Leana Wen notes that, given that that event was nearly two weeks ago, it’s likely the outbreak has already sparked other infections.

“We’re not even talking about first generation spread or second generation to spread, we’re talking about third generation spread,” she says. In other words, those who were exposed at the Rose Garden could have infected others who have since infected still more people.

When it comes to tracking down all the contacts that might be connected to the White House outbreak, there are many daunting challenges, from the country’s fractured public health system to the Trump administration’s approach.

1. The White House is on federal land

There are reports of an increase in coronavirus tests in D.C., and some high case numbers in recent days, which has prompted concerns that the outbreak at the White House could be driving spread in the local area. It’s difficult to know for sure if these things are connected.

But because the White House is federal property, the job of contact tracing an outbreak on the White House grounds doesn’t fall to the District’s public health staff, it falls to the White House Medical Unit.

The open letter comes after D.C. Mayor Bowser

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Garden Communities Celebrates Scotch Plains ‘Golden Resident’ With a Special Gift

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — For over 60 years, Garden Communities has rolled out the welcome mat for their residents by providing them with quality constructed homes and exceptional customer service.  Family owned; Garden Communities’ philosophy is to design communities where all resident’s needs are met.  Garden Communities put great thought in the placement of their communities, capitalizing on spacious residences that are nearby public transportation, convenient to major roadways and within close proximity to shopping, entertainment and attractions. Their commitment to satisfaction is what sets them apart from the rest. It is one of the main reasons why their residents are delighted and contented to stay for the long term.   

Josephine Macchia, of Scotch Plains, is a prime example. She walked into Scotch Plains Gardens 55 years ago and found her forever home. She chose a home close to the corner of the street, so she could easily catch the bus to Newark, for her teaching job at Barringer High School. There, she taught Italian for 25 years. She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Italian in Florence Italy, as well as a NDEA Scholarship to study Italian at the University of Connecticut. Classical music and opera are her passions. Josephine takes great pride in maintaining her pristine home. 

“I’ve always admired a beautiful home that looks nice, so I like to keep it clean,” Macchia explains. “I was even able to install my own crystal chandelier in my dining room, which made it really feel like it was my home.”

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Macchia is one of the very first original residents to join the Scotch Plains Gardens development.

“I feel comfortable here”, she adds.  

As a result, she decided this was where she would make her home for over a half century. 

As a thank you to Josephine Macchia, Garden Communities would like to show their appreciation for her loyalty, by presenting her with one year of free rent. Her happiness and satisfaction are the epitome of what Garden Communities strives for. They would also like to extend this gratitude to all their “Golden Residents”, who have remained part of the Garden Communities family for the past 50 or more years. 

Like Machhia, these distinguished Golden Residents represent the foundation of the Garden Communities mission. Garden Communities’ foundation and reputation has been built through the loyalties of these residents. It is a privilege to pay tribute to every one of them.  

Garden Communities are located throughout the tri state area, with many new communities currently under construction. Specializing in an ample array of dwellings, including one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, condominiums, and town homes; there are homes to suit everyone’s needs. 

Birchwood Park, in Cranford NJ is a commuter’s dream come true, within a short drive to the Cranford train station. Top notch schools as well as incredible views, make this community a rare find in New Jersey. 

Even more convenient to public transportation is Riverfront at Cranford Station.  

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