Trump admin warned veterans group of COVID-19 exposure: report

  • The White House reached out to a veterans organization to warn of potential COVID-19 exposure from a September 27 event honoring the families of fallen US service members, The Daily Beast reported. 
  • The warning was sent on October 2, the same day President Donald Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • The event was held the day after an event formally announcing Trump’s Supreme Court pick on September 26.
  • At least a dozen people who attended the Saturday event later tested positive for COVID-19. 
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President Donald Trump’s administration told a veterans group about potential COVID-19 exposure from a September 27 event honoring the families of fallen US service members on October 2, the day that Trump announced his positive coronavirus diagnoses, The Daily Beast reported. 

Timothy Davis, the CEO and President of The Greatest Generations Foundation, told the outlet that he got the notice from the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and that he’s wasn’t sure which person who attended the event’s positive diagnoses prompted the letter. 

“The White House has been in daily contact with TGGF for contact-tracing purposes after alerting us on 10/2 of a possible COVID-positive person at the event so we could know there was a potential our attendees were exposed,” Davis told The Daily Beast. 

The Washington Post reported that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the event. Trump along with at least a dozen officials and staff in the White House have tested positive for COVID-19. 

On Monday, Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, also tested positive for the virus. Ray attended the event. 

Photos from the event also showed most attendees not wearing masks or socially distancing, The Post reported. 

The event honoring Gold Star families was held a day after more than 150 people gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House for an event where President Donald Trump officially announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

At least a dozen people who attended the event, including first lady Melania Trump, White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, Rev. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame University, and two Republican senators, have since tested positive. 

It’s probable that the event was a super-spreading event that might have caused the cluster of cases in the White House.

The Daily Beast reported that attendees at the Sunday event were tested prior to the event, but one source told the outlet that an office in the White House had reached out to other attendees encouraging them to get a test. 

“The communication breakdown during this is even worse than usual,” this source said. “Different departments and offices are not talking or communicating appropriately, people are doing different things, and officials are having trouble getting on the same page. The East Wing and the West Wing are dealing with this totally differently. It’s just a mess.”

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Three Madison County businesses warned by the Kitchen Cops

MADISON CO., Ala. (WAFF) – Three Madison County spots got warnings that their licenses were in danger of being suspended this week – despite two of them having overall good scores.

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Tailgaters on Winchester Road scores a 90, and the produce section at the Foodland grocery store in Hazel Green gets a 95. Both spots had food temperature issues though. The Sonic at Bob Wallace and Triana gets a 79. It had food temperature issues as well, and there was also a black substance in the ice machine and soda nozzles.

Some familiar faces at the bottom of the score sheet this week include the Waffle House on Shields Road. It scores a 79 because of two unlabeled chemical bottles, food temperature issues and problems with the dishwasher.

The Pine Grove Texaco makes the low performer’s list yet again. This time, it scores an 81 because of a broken hot water knob on a sink, an employee touching food barehanded and residue in the ice chute and soda nozzles. That was all fixed, but the low score stands.

Stanlieo’s on Jordan Lane was written up for roaches and a dirty ice machine and soda nozzles.

Wendy’s in Jones Valley also had a dirty ice machine along with liquid grill cleaner being stored over raw hamburger.

Galen’s in New Hope is the lowest score this week. It had multiple problems with food temperatures, flies and the dishwasher operating without sanitizer that all had to be fixed.

Top performers this week include Sushi with Gusto on Whitesburg Drive with a 99, the newest Lawler’s on Winchester Road with a 98 and the Salty Nut Tap Room can’t be salty about its score with a 97.

For a full list of the Madison County inspection notes, click here.

For a full list of the Madison County scores, click here.

WAFF 48 is reaching out to other county health departments to find out when restaurant inspections will resume.

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Virginia legislator with covid warned his church, but House colleagues say they weren’t informed

But House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) said neither Wright nor his office officially notified his fellow legislators, who’d met with him a week earlier, on Aug. 18, when the House convened for one day in a basketball arena before moving the rest of a special legislative session to an online format.

While a guest column written by Wright, 72, popped up in a local publication criticizing Democratic House leaders for operating virtually, he had been absent from online House and committee meetings since Aug. 29. He returned for the first time Monday.

Since then, Wright and House Republicans have offered no explanation for his extended absence. He made no mention of his test Monday and was not asked about it publicly.

Wright and a spokesman for House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday, after The Washington Post and other news outlets obtained a copy of Mulchi’s email to the church.

Filler-Corn, who’s faced harsh Republican criticism for the decision to go virtual, welcomed Wright back Tuesday with wishes for good health — and a rebuke for keeping House members in the dark. She said in a statement that she was “incredibly disappointed” that he and GOP leaders did not disclose the positive test to the legislature.

There is no requirement that legislators disclose personal health information, but Filler-Corn suggested that Wright owed a warning to those he could have exposed.

“This lack of transparency when it comes to this highly contagious disease is incredibly troubling,” she wrote. “Every Delegate and individual present at the Siegel Center on August 18th had a right to know of Delegate Wright’s reported positive test for their safety, their family’s safety and the safety of their communities.”

A legislator since 2001, Wright is not the first lawmaker known to have tested positive for the virus during the special session. Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) tested positive in mid-August. His fellow senators, who’ve been convening in a sprawling meeting room at the Science Museum of Virginia, were immediately notified.

The novel coronavirus has a relatively long incubation period, and people infected with it have been found to spread it before they experience symptoms covid-19, the illness the virus causes.

Filler-Corn has said that meeting remotely is the best way to keep the state’s 100 delegates safe during the special session, which was called to address the pandemic’s effect on the state budget and to overhaul criminal justice in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May.

House Democrats resorted to procedural gymnastics to overcome GOP opposition to the rules change that has allowed the House to convene online. Republicans, some hailing from districts with poor Internet service, have complained that virtual meetings are unworkable and unnecessary for health considerations.

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