Trump confirms another White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn’t think he could’ve done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing ‘herd mentality’ MORE on Wednesday confirmed that a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours but said he did not have contact with the individual.

The positive test came after the White House hosted hundreds of people on the South Lawn on Tuesday for the signing of peace accords to mark the normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab countries. Trump offered few details on the latest positive case at the White House.

“Last night I heard about it for the first time, and it’s a small number of cases,” Trump told reporters at a news conference, appearing unfamiliar with the specifics.

He turned to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who earlier in the day told reporters she would not discuss any potential positive tests within the building. She confirmed at the evening briefing that one unidentified person tested positive but that “it did not affect the event and press was not around the individual.”

“And it’s not anybody that was near me,” Trump added.

The White House has not publicized each individual case of COVID-19 among staff, though some cases have been confirmed after they were reported in the press. National security adviser Robert O’BrienRobert O’BrienDHS asks Schiff to reconsider expanded probe after whistleblower complaint, declines additional interview requests Trump officials defend president’s coronavirus response amid Woodward revelations Pence denies Trump’s downplaying hampered COVID-19 response MORE has already had COVID-19. So has a White House valet who serves the president. Katie Miller, the vice president’s communications director and the wife of Trump senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerBiden pick creates furor, underscoring bitterness over Obama immigration policy Ambassador to France says Trump never disparaged war dead White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE, also has had COVID-19. 

The latest positive test follows weeks of the White House shirking guidelines from its own public health officials on preventing transmission of COVID-19.

Officials have eschewed wearing masks, and the president has held large events outdoors for weeks, dating back to last month’s Republican National Convention, where hundreds of people were packed closely together during his speech to accept the nomination.

The president held a packed campaign rally on Sunday that was indoors and in violation of a Nevada ordinance capping events at 50 people. Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakTrump says he’s not worried about contracting coronavirus at rallies At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Fox anchor presses Trump aide on indoor rally: ‘This goes against the president’s own administration guidelines’ MORE (D) blasted Trump’s actions as “shameful, dangerous and irresponsible.”

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Miami University students had a house party despite testing positive for Covid

Body camera video from the Oxford Police Department shows an officer approaching a group of men gathered on the porch of a home near the university’s campus on September 5, asking them who lives there.

“I’m assuming you probably know why I want to talk to you, right?” the officer asks.

One student replies that eight people lived in the house, and that at the time, about 20 people were inside. Both indoor and outdoor mass gatherings in Oxford involving people who don’t live together are limited to 10 people, per the city’s ordinance.

The officer tells the student to disperse the crowd gathered at the house, and eventually asks to see his ID. After scanning it, he calls the student over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for Covid?” the officer asks.

“Yes,” the student answered, adding “This was, um, a week ago.”

The officer asks the student whether he was supposed to be quarantining, and the student said that’s why he was at home.

“Do you have other people here and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem?” the officer asks.

Other people at the house had also tested positive for the virus, the student told the officer.

“This is what we’re trying to prevent, you know? We want to keep this town open,” the officer says, with a sigh. “… So, you’re not quarantining if you’re mixing with other people.”

Six people, five of whom lived at the house, were issued a citation, according to the police report. The Oxford Police Department told CNN in an email that fines for the citations start at $500.

Five of those cited are listed in Miami University’s web directory as students. The police report indicates that the sixth person identified himself as a student who had moved in with his parents and was visiting for the weekend.

Colleges have struggled to curb parties

Miami University declined to comment on the matter, citing federal privacy laws, but added that students who violate quarantine orders or the city ordinance on mass gatherings would face disciplinary action.

The university announced on Tuesday that it would resume in-person and hybrid classes on September 21, after having had all virtual classes since August 17.
Colleges and universities across the nation have struggled to prevent students from throwing or attending parties in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19. Clusters that have emerged on several campuses have been linked to fraternity parties.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame are among schools that have had to shift to virtual classes, at least for a time, after cases cropped up days into the semester. Schools including New York University and Northeastern University have suspended students for violating safety protocols.

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Ohio Students Hosting Large House Party Admits to Police They ‘All’ Tested Positive for COVID

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, students from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio threw a house party during Labor Day weekend which ignored school and city rules requiring masks, social distancing and gatherings no larger than 10 people.



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When police arrived at the house on Saturday at 4:05 p.m., they discovered seven young men sitting on the porch, drinking and listening to music without masks. A total of 20 people were at the gathering. One house resident confirmed to police that he had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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When asked whether he was supposed to be in quarantine, the student responded, “Yeah, that’s why I’m at my house,” and then claimed that everyone else in attendance had tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

“That’s what we’re trying to prevent,” the officer told the student. “We want to keep this town open. You’re not quarantining if you’re mixing with other people.”

Although students in the house began to leave as soon as police arrived, police ended up fining six men—five house residents and one visitor—$500 each for violating city ordinances forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people, a precaution to prevent a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

One of the residents fined by police claimed that the party guests simply showed up without being invited, but the police officer declined to discuss that claim further calling it “an argument for another day.”

Miami University officials told CBS News that any students found violating city COVID-19 ordinances could face disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct, including possible suspension or dismissal.

According to Cleveland.com, more than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past two weeks. The school will resume in-person classes on September 21 with roughly 40 percent of the school’s nearly 20,000 students learning remotely online.

Newsweek contacted Miami University for comment.

Other universities have struggled to keep students from partying in defiance of rules meant to prevent coronavirus epidemics.

In late August, Ohio State University issued 228 interim suspensions for individuals and student organizations who attended or hosted large parties and gatherings in the university district.

Around the same time, Florida State University police arrested and charged seven students associated with the disbanded Alpha Tau Omega fraternity for hosting an “open house party.”

On September 10, Illinois State University said it was considering consequences for students who attended a 200-person “pop-up” party hosted by The Nelk Boys, a group of college-aged pranksters with nearly 5.7 million YouTube followers.

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US student with positive Covid-19 test throws house party for 20 people while quarantining



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A student who knew he had tested positive for coronavirus decided to throw a house party while he was supposed to be quarantining.

Police body camera footage broadcast on local TV channel WOIO 19, shows the moment officers confronted the hosts of the house party in Oxford, Ohio, at 4pm on Saturday.

Lieutenant Lara Fening, from the Oxford Police Department, said: “This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by and large, the students have been very well behaved.”

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Footage shows a young man confess to the officers that he tested positive for Covid-19.

“Are you supposed to be quarantining?” the officer asks. The Miami University student responds: “Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house.”

The officer then says: “So you have other people here, and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem? How many other people have Covid?”

The officer asks the student “how many other people have Covid?” to which the student responds “they all do” before later backtracking.

He said eight people lived at the house and others had just stopped by. Around 20 people reportedly attended the party.

Police said six people were given citations, five of whom live in the house. The civil penalty caries a $500 (£389) fine.

According to Cincinnati’s Local 12 more than 1,000 students from the University of Miami have tested positive for coronavirus.

Lt Fening added: “Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly Covid-positive as well.”

She suggested that anyone who attended the party should get tested.

“We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the Covid-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there,” she added.

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College student positive for COVID-19 throws party: OH cops

Six Miami University students in Ohio were cited for throwing a house party a week after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, police say.

An Oxford police officer arrived at the home Saturday evening due to a noise complaint and found multiple people clustered on the front porch as loud music played, WCPO reported.

Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Oxford, WLWT reported. A student who lives at the residence told the officer there were roughly 20 people inside, according to the outlet.

The officer ran the student’s name through the law enforcement database and discovered the student had recently tested positive for COVID-19, both stations reported. Their conversation was captured on the officer’s body camera.

The student reportedly told the officer it had been about a week since his positive test. When the officer asked if the student was supposed to be quarantining, he replied: “That’s why I’m at my house.”

The student added that “everyone staying in the house” was also positive for COVID-19, along with some residents across the street, according to the news outlets.

When the officer told the student they’re trying to keep the town open, the student reportedly responded, “I know. That’s why I’m staying home.”

“The way I interpreted the video from the body cam footage was he felt like he was at home and quarantining like he was supposed to be and that the majority of the people that were at the house had passed by and stopped by,” Oxford police Lt. Lara Fening told WKRC.

Fening added that it was unclear if guests at the party knew that the residents at the home were positive for COVID-19, as several left when the officer arrived, according to the outlet.

“This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved,” Fening told WKRC.

The students cited for violating the mass gathering ordinance each face a $500 fine, according to WLWT. Their names have not been released.

More than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks, according to data from the school’s online dashboard.

University officials announced Wednesday that the school would move forward with plans for in-person classes starting Sept. 21, WXIX reported. Students returning to campus will begin a phased move-in process on Monday.

About 60% of on-campus students are expected to return, with the remainder opting for remote learning, according to WXIX.

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