Trump has completed COVID-19 therapies, can do public events Saturday

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s physician said on Thursday that Trump had completed his course of therapy for the novel coronavirus, had remained stable since returning to the White House and could resume public engagements on Saturday.

Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that Trump had responded “extremely well” to treatment without any evidence of adverse effects.

Trump was hospitalized on Friday after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.

“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness,” Conley wrote. “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”

Trump, confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, has been itching to return to the campaign trail as he trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

The president has been criticized both for his administration’s handling of the pandemic and for his response to his own diagnosis.

Earlier on Thursday Trump said did not believe he was contagious and was feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies.

Trump has held such rallies indoors and outdoors with thousands of people, many of whom do not wear masks, against the advice of public health professionals.

“I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump told Fox Business Network, adding that “if I’m at a rally, I stand by myself very far away from everybody.”

The White House has declined to say when Trump last tested negative test for the virus.

The president’s positive test sidelined him from in-person events that have been the lifeblood of his campaign.

Trump pulled out of a second debate with Biden after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the Oct. 15 event would be held in a virtual format, with the candidates in separate locations, to ensure it could go forward whether or not Trump remained virus-free.

“I’m feeling good, really good,” Trump said in the Fox interview. Trump said he had stopped taking “most therapeutics” for the virus but was still on steroids.

With layoffs in key sectors increasing doubts about the fragile economic recovery, Trump said he called off negotiations with Congress for a fresh round of stimulus for the ailing economy because they were not going anywhere.

But he said some discussions are ongoing with Democrats about boosting support for U.S. airlines and providing Americans with $1,200 stimulus checks.

Trump has faced criticism for underestimating the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work. Even since revealing his own illness on Friday, Trump has played down the respiratory disease’s dangers and been censured by social media platforms

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Oregon shows off interior of completed Hayward Field


Earlier this summer, Oregon officially took possession of the completed Hayward Field and the views of the new track and field exterior were stunning. With the Track and Field athlete now back on campus, we’re finally getting a look at the interior. 

When the exterior was completed in June, Track and field coach Robert Johnson said that he wanted his athletes to get the first look at the state of the art facility with a construction budget upwards of $200 million. 

On Friday, the Oregon athletes were given a tour and the athletic department released multiple videos for fans detailing the interior of the facility. 


The stadium which was built to host the World Championships in Athletics in 2021, which has now been moved to 2022, will also be the home for the Oregon track program, featuring state of the art training equipment. Hayward Field will feature a 140-meter indoor track along with throwing and jumping pits on the ground floor, weight, locker and equipment rooms, a theater and medical facility, hydrotherapy pools, and seven a barbershop. All of these additions will be tailor-made so that the athlete will have the very best. 

“We’re going to basically have everything in one house,” Oregon track and field coach Robert Johnson said during the construction of the stadium. “[Before] The kids didn’t have a locker room. They didn’t have a place to shower. They didn’t have a place to go and prepare for a meet. I think with this renovation it brings the facility up to speed.”

Nike executive and lead project designer Todd Van Horne believes the project’s result will represent what Carnegie Hall does in the music world. 

“Hayward Field will be a world-class theater for track and field,” Van Horne said in a media tour that took place in September. “But, this is truly built for the athlete.”

The opening of the stadium was supposed to occur this spring but the COVID-19 Pandemic saw the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Track and Field Season plus the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back to 2021. With all major international events pushed back by a year, the US Olympic Trials will take place in the summer of 2021 at Hayward Field and the Track and Field World Championships will now take place in the summer of 2022. It’s not clear what will be the first event to take place in the new stadium. 

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