White House plans South Lawn event Saturday after last one became a “super spreader”

President Trump is expected to make his first in-person address Saturday since his COVID-19 diagnosis, speaking from the South Lawn balcony about “law and order” in an event coordinated with Candace Owens’ Blexit group, a senior White House aide said. 

The president is holding the event despite the nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett that Dr. Anthony Fauci described as a “superspreader” event. Multiple top White House officials, including the president, fell ill after the event.

ABC News first reported the Saturday event. The New York Times says hundreds of people are expected to gather on the South Lawn. 

It is unclear whether the president will be negative for COVID-19 by Saturday, but he’s expected to keep his distance from the balcony. The White House said he tested positive on October 1, which would make Saturday 10 days since his diagnosis and the first possible date he could be in public. 

First lady Melania Trump is also recovering from the virus. Mr. Trump is expected to return to the campaign trail on Monday, when he heads to Florida for a Make America Great Again event. 

The president has made misleading claims about the virus since he was hospitalized, including that the treatment he took is a form of a “cure” for coronavirus. There is currently no cure for the virus.

Owens’ Blexit is about helping Black voters exit the Democratic Party and moving them towards the Republican Party. 

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Fauci says data on masks “speaks for itself” after “super spreader” White House event

Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with CBS News that referring to a cure for COVID-19 may cause “confusion,” and he also weighed in on the health status of President Trump, who contracted the virus but is eager to return to in-person events as the presidential campaign reaches its closing weeks. Fauci also identified the White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a “super spreader” event. 

Fauci, director of the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked by CBS News’ Steven Portnoy about Mr. Trump’s penchant in recent media appearances for referring to the treatment he received for COVID-19 as a “cure.” Portnoy, CBS News’ White House radio correspondent, observed that until recently, most of the president’s aides have not worn masks, and he asked what people can learn about the efficacy of that strategy in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

“I think the — the data speaks for themselves,” Fauci said of mask-wearing. “We had a super-spreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks. So the data speak for themselves.”

A number of Trump aides and allies who attended the nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in September have since tested positive for COVID-19. 

And talk of a “cure” is inaccurate, Fauci suggested, since there currently is no cure for COVID-19 — only therapeutics.

“We don’t have any indication — I think you really have to depend on what you mean by a ‘cure,’ because that’s a word that leads to a lot of confusion,” Fauci said. “We have good treatments for people with advanced disease who are in the hospital.” 

Turning to the president’s health, the infectious diseases expert did not think that the fact that the president was heard coughing during an interview with Fox News on Thursday night was cause for alarm. He walked through the COVID symptoms that could still be evident, even as Mr. Trump’s health may be improving.

“Most people, when they recover, they recover fine. In a linear fashion, they get better and better and better, which it appears that the president is doing,” Fauci said. “But having a bit of a lingering cough is not at all unusual as someone recovers. So I was not that taken aback by the clip that you just told me because when people do recover, they can have a lingering cough and maybe even a little shortness of breath for a while after they recover. Sometimes it takes a while to get everything back to normal.”

And a cough does not necessarily mean a person is still shedding the virus, although a person who coughs could still be shedding the virus, Fauci also said. 

The president’s physician, Sean Conley, has said Mr. Trump may return to the public as soon as Saturday, although he has also said it won’t be until Monday that the president is fully in the clear. Fauci said

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White House isn’t contact tracing its potential super spreader Rose Garden ceremony

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At least 11 people  have tested positive for coronavirus since attending a Rose Garden ceremony on 26 September to celebrate the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, including the president, but the White House is not contact tracing the event, according to the New York Times

Instead, the White House has confined its tracing efforts to those who came into close contact with the president in the two days before his diagnosis last Thursday. That leaves out the numerous people who attended  the ceremony at the White House, many of whom weren’t wearing masks  or social distancing.  The tracing effort has also been conducted largely by email, rather than with the rigorous phone interviews public health departments usually use.

Donald Trump unveils Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett



An internal Centres for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) email the New York Times viewed shows a team of agency scientists prepared to go to Washington and assist with tracing after the president’s positive diagnosis, but a call for their help never came.  

Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said a “robust contact tracing programme” is in place, including full contact tracing for a New Jersey fundraiser Mr Trump held just before he tested positive, and that these efforts continue with the help of “CDC integration”. Two senior CDC scientists told the paper they weren’t aware of the role Mr Deere was describing for the public health watchdog.

All together, 15 members of Mr Trump’s inner circle, including the First Lady, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and senior adviser Hope Hicks, have tested positive.

The president left Walter Reed Medical Centre on Monday and tweeted, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

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White House ‘super spreader’ event in Rose Garden reminds people that yes, you should still wear a mask outside

Epidemiologists continue to scrutinize a White House event after more than a dozen people, including President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, announced they tested positive for COVID-19.

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Several of them attended a ceremony held outside in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26 where Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, in front of more than 180 people. 

The suspected “super spreader” event highlights the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing, even when outside. But some health officials, including leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, say they don’t always wear a mask outside.

a group of people in a garden: President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.

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President Donald Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 26.

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So, when is it appropriate to take it off?

In an interview with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Fauci said you can take your mask off outdoors if you’re around people you live with and there is no one else in the immediate vicinity.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease director said on his daily 4-mile walk, he typically wears his mask around his neck and puts it on over his mouth when he sees someone coming.

Dr. Lewis Nelson, professor and chair of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says mask wearing outside depends on one’s ability to social distance. If you’re more than 6 feet away from someone outside, then it’s generally safer to take your mask off.

Outdoors is safer than indoors, but it’s never totally safe, he said. Especially when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios estimates about 40% of people who have COVID-19 are asymptomatic.

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“Asymptomatic spread is very real, which is why you can’t feel that comfortable in an environment where people aren’t sick,’” Nelson said.

Dr. Sunil Sood, infectious diseases specialist at Northwell Health’s South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, New York, says the rules of “mask-on, mask off” also apply when dining outside.

“It is tiresome… (but) you just have to do that,” he said. “The only time you should take your mask off is when you’re actually biting and chewing.”

This means keeping the mask on while chatting with other diners, waiting for food and speaking with your waiter. The only exception would be if you’re dining alone at 6 feet away from other people or if you’re dining with members of your household.

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‘Rose Garden Massacre’: Was Barrett Event a Super Spreader?

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The term “Rose Garden Massacre” is trending online.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, but the term “Rose Garden Massacre” is trending online because a number of people who attended her nomination press conference now have COVID-19, including President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and the president of Notre Dame University, John Jenkins.

TMZ, using the headline “Rose Garden Massacre,” reported that the event “was ground zero for what is increasingly looking like a super-spreader COVID event.”

According to TMZ, the list of people with COVID-19 who attended the event also includes Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tillis, Kellyanne Conway, and Hope Hicks. TMZ reported that “almost no one was wearing masks or social distancing.” The Guardian reported that at least seven people who attended the event now have coronavirus. The two senators, who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hear the nomination, did not wear masks at the event, according to Guardian. Lee has “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies,” and Tillis doesn’t have symptoms.

Another person at the event with COVID-19 is former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. An unnamed journalist at the Rose Garden event also has coronavirus, according to ABC News.

To be sure, it’s not clear when all of those people got COVID-19, where, and from who. However, concern grew that coronavirus might have spread at the press conference, which was held September 25. The timeline of when President Trump came down with the virus is in dispute; his doctor initially said in a press conference on October 3 that the president was 72 hours into his diagnosis, but the White House later clarified that the president tested positive on Thursday October 1. “This morning while summarizing the President’s health, I incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and the administration of the polyclonal antibody therapy,” the president’s doctor, Sean Conley, later said. “The President was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening of Thursday, October 1st and had received Regeron’s antibody cocktail on Friday, October 2nd.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says of COVID-19: “The estimated incubation period is between 2 and 14 days with a median of 5 days.”

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Video Shows People at the Event Hugging & Not Wearing Masks

The Washington Post reported that Barrett is tested daily for the virus and most recently tested negative Friday morning, October 2. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced that they both have tested positive for coronavirus.

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What Is The ‘Rose Garden Massacre?’ Amy Coney Barrett Announcement May Have Been Super Spreader Event

As President Donald Trump and several other key members of the Republican Party and his staff continue to test positive for COVID-19, all eyes are turning to an event last weekend which all of the parties now ill were present at—the President’s Rose Garden ceremony to announce Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

According to the Washington Post, at least seven people who were in attendance at the Sept. 25 event—including the President, Republican senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, former counselor Kellyanne Conway and Notre Dame President John Jenkins—have all since tested positive for the coronavirus. Mask use was not common at the event, with several people forgoing facial coverings, as social distancing was also largely ignored. Since then, speculation has grown that someone in attendance was positive for the virus, and then spread it to the others who have all since become infected.

Thus far, symptoms have reportedly been mild for most of those infected, though the President has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center put of precaution.

Barrett has tested negative after attending the event, though she was previously diagnosed with the virus during the late summer and recovered, CNN reports.

Since news of many who attended the event getting sick broke, critics have taken to Twitter to deem it the “Rose Garden Massacre,” which trended on Saturday as more names of attendees were released as people who tested positive.

Others used the news to criticize the President and his family for their generally refusing to wear masks—pointing out the President’s family for all taking off their masks after being seated at Tuesday’s debate in Ohio with Joe Biden.

Some also took the news to poke fun at the last time the Rose Garden made news—which was over the summer after Melania Trump caught criticism for changing the look of the space and ripping out plants put in by Jackie Kennedy ahead of the Republican National Convention.

In a press conference Saturday, Dr. Sean Conley stated the President is “doing very well,” though he remains hospitalized. 

White House Rose Garden The White House Rose Garden is pictured on August 22, 2020 after renovations. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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Was There a Super Spreader Event at the Rose Garden? Many Think So


It appears that the Rose Garden event to honor Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next potential Supreme Court Justice might have led to the spread of coronavirus among numerous politicians, including the president himself.

Trump confirmed he and his wife Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning, October 2. Shortly after, Reverend John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, confirmed that he, too, had tested positive for the virus. Trump aide Hope Hicks and Senator Mike Lee have also tested positive for the virus. All of these people were present at the Rose Garden event, during which the majority of people present did not wear masks or observe social distancing protocol. Barrett herself has tested negative for the virus after contracting and recovering from it earlier in the year, The Washington Post reported.

The White House has not acknowledged the rising speculation that the Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett became a super spreader event for COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know:

Photos & Videos Show the Majority of Rose Garden Attendees Did Not Wear Masks at the Ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett

Above is a video of people shaking hands, hugging and walking around maskless at the Rose Garden event to honor Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. According to ABC News, at least five people who attended the event have announced publicly that they have tested positive for COVID-19. That number could rise in the days to come.

Here’s a photo of Notre Dame President John Jenkins at the Rose Garden ceremony, not wearing a mask:

Danielle Arceneaux, a professional contact tracer, tweeted a breakdown of how the Rose Garden might have been a super spreader event, based on the timeline of these positive test results. She wrote:

Based on publicly available knowledge, I’m going to attempt to trace this WH outbreak, working off the assumption that there was a positive case at the Rose Garden SCOTUS ceremony. Ceremony was held 9/26.  Just SOME of the people in attendance included:  Mike Lee, Mike Crapo, Ben Sasse, Thomas Tillis, Josh Hawley, Chris Christie, Mark Meadows, Hope Hicks, William Barr and more. COVID has an incubation period of 2-14 days, with an average of 5 days.  Hope Hicks started showing symptoms on Wednesday 10/7.. DAY FIVE.  You can spread the virus 2 days before you start to feel unwell. The day you first show symptoms is when you are most contagious.

What was Hope Hicks doing on her most contagious day? Flying in AirForce One,

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