The White House relied on a rapid test, but used it in a way it was not intended.

For months, the White House’s strategy for keeping President Trump and his inner circle safe has been to screen all White House visitors with a rapid test.

But one product they use, Abbott’s ID Now, was never intended for that purpose and is known to deliver incorrect results. In issuing an emergency use authorization, the Food and Drug Administration said the test was only to be used by a health care provider “within the first seven days of symptoms.”

The ID Now has several qualities in its favor: It’s portable, doesn’t need skilled technicians to operate and delivers results in 15 minutes. Used to evaluate someone with symptoms, the test can quickly and easily diagnose Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

But in people who are infected but not yet showing symptoms, the test is much less accurate, missing as many as one in three cases.

Used in someone with symptoms, the test can quickly and easily diagnose Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and has a sensitivity of 95 percent, according to John Koval, a spokesman for Abbott.

In May, after many reports of problems with the test, the F.D.A. warned that those who test negative using the test should confirm that result with a lab-based test.

Still, the Trump administration has routinely used the test to screen people without symptoms, allowing anyone who tested negative to go without a mask during meetings and official proceedings.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University, tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the White House announcement of the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, on Saturday. He apologized for going mask-free at the ceremony but said he was told he could do so after his rapid test came back with a negative result.

Given the timing of Mr. Trump’s illness, experts said it is quite possible that he was exposed to the virus on Saturday.

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Storytelling Garden intended for sharing, gathering together

Las Vegans now have another place to remember, and share with one another, the experience and lessons of Oct. 1.

The Las Vegas Storytelling Garden, located to the immediate north of the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden. Like the healing garden, the Storytelling Garden will be a place to honor the memory of the 60 people who lost their lives after being shot at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Oct. 1, 2017.

The storytelling garden is envisioned as a complement to, rather than an expansion of, the Healing Garden, said Greg A. Weitzel, Las Vegas director of parks and recreation, as “a place for survivors and families and the community to move forward in healing and a place to come together and relax.”

Mauricia Baca, executive director of Get Outdoors Nevada, which coordinates volunteers for the Healing Garden and will do the same for the Storytelling Garden, said that while the Healing Garden is a place for reflection, the Storytelling Garden will be a place “to come together and share stories,” and even serve as a venue for various sorts of programming.

“There are certain gatherings that we maybe would not do at the Healing Garden but we might want to do … at the Storytelling Garden,” Baca said.

Weitzel said construction of the storytelling garden began Jan. 27. A formal dedication likely will be held in January.

However, an environmentally friendly building designed by UNLV architecture students won’t be placed on the site until December, Weitzel said. The structure will serve as visitor center and volunteer office for both gardens.

The Storytelling Garden, located on the southeastern corner of Casino Center Boulevard and Coolidge Avenue, formerly was a vacant parcel. Improvements included landscaping and irrigation, new lighting and fencing, Weitzel said.

The park’s landscaping also includes peach and apple trees. Plans are for volunteers to pick the trees’ fruit, which then will be donated to charities around town.

The Storytelling Garden’s $948,000 construction costs come from the city’s capital improvements fund, Weitzel said.

Contact John Przybys at [email protected] Follow @JJPrzybys on Twitter.

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New Tulsa Community Garden Intended As Safe Place To Grow

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 5:40 pm

By: Sawyer Buccy

TULSA, Okla. –

The pastor of a Tulsa church hopes a community garden will be a safe place for people to learn to grow.

The garden that Wesley Chapel has adopted doesn’t look like much yet, but it’s just the beginning.

The boxes full of seeds haven’t sprouted just yet and the plants are just barely budding right now but one day, hopefully not too far in the future, this space will flourish.

“We have built over 700 square feet of space to have a community garden in a food desert,” said Life’s Food Corporation founder Angela Landrum.

This garden is on Wesley Chapel property in Tulsa. It is being built entirely from community partnerships and the generosity of organizations and non-profits like Life’s Food Corporation and The Rotary Club of Bixby.

“We wanted to create a space that would last for years and years and years,” said Angela. “It is sustainability and empowerment. It is reducing the food insecurity that is currently running rampant.”

Wesley Chapel is adopting the garden and some of the people who go to the church will take over, helping the plants thrive. The community is also welcome to join.  

“The morning service is 100-150 folks who are mostly homeless,” said Wesley Chapel Pastor Chris Beach. “Most of the people we work with are on food stamps.”

Volunteers said they are hoping people can learn how to grow their own gardens at home from the skills they learn here.

Beach said they hope the work that happens in this garden, becomes one small piece of a much bigger puzzle.

“Honestly the more we serve and the more we keep open, the more we keep helping people, the more we keep empowering people to lead themselves, more keep coming in,” said Beach

The garden is in need of more plants and seeds. If you would like to help, you can drop them off at the church, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

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