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COVID-19 updates, Oct. 2: President Trump taken to military hospital

As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregon and Southwest Washington, get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began popping up in the United States in January. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

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As of Friday afternoon:



Here's the latest news and analysis after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19:

4 p.m.

Trump taken to military hospital: President Trump appeared in public for the first time since his COVID-19 diagnosis, giving a thumbs up before he boarded Marine One for a military hospital. He walked out of the White House to the helicopter Friday evening on his way to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Learn more

1 p.m.

VP debate to go on: The vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris next week will go on as scheduled after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. Learn more

10:45 a.m.

Utah senator Mike Lee tests positive for COVID-19: Utah Sen. Mike Lee says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.” Lee visited the White House on Saturday for President Donald Trump’s announcement that he had nominated Judge Amy Comey Barrett to the Supreme Court. Learn more

9:45 a.m.

Joe Biden tests negative for coronavirus, wishes Trump speedy recovery: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus in the wake of President Donald Trump’s infection. Biden was on the debate stage with Trump for more than 90 minutes earlier in the week. Trump and Biden did not shake hands during the debate but stood without masks about 10 feet apart for the 90-minute event. Learn more

8:45 a.m.

President Trump and first lady have 'mild symptoms' after testing positive for COVID-19: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are both experiencing “mild symptoms" of COVID-19 after the president revealed Friday that he and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. Learn more

Vice President Mike Pence, Karen Pence test negative for COVID-19: Devin O’Malley, the press secretary for the vice president, tweeted, "this morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19." He added that the vice president “remains in good health" and is tested for the virus daily. Learn more

Joe Biden awaiting results of coronavirus test, wishes Trump speedy recovery: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been tested for the coronavirus in the wake of President Donald Trump’s infection and is awaiting results. On Friday, Biden said that he and his wife Jill “send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery” after the Trumps tested positive for the coronavirus. In a Friday morning tweet, Biden added, "We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family." Learn more

5 questions answered following President Trump, Melania Trump COVID-19 diagnosis: Following President Donald Trump's announcement Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump have contracted COVID-19, here are answers to some pressing questions going forward, like what happens if Trump can't perform his duties and who else may have been infected. Learn more

Timeline of Trump's busy week before announcing he has COVID-19: With just a month to go until the election, President Donald Trump had a busy schedule during the week the coronavirus hit home with him. Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. Learn more

Why older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19: At 74 years old, Trump is solidly within an age group that’s been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. What is it that puts older people at increased risk from viruses like SARS-CoV-2? Scientists think it’s primarily due to changes in the human immune system as we age. Learn more

Stocks slump after Trump tests positive, job growth slows: Stocks are falling early Friday, as Wall Street’s first reaction to President Donald Trump’s testing positive for the coronavirus was to retrench. The S&P 500 was 0.9% lower after the first few minutes of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 192 points, or 0.7%, at 27,624, as of 9:42 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 1.3% lower. Learn more

World leaders react to Trump, First Lady COVID-19 diagnosis: Across the globe, there was no shortage of reaction Friday morning after President Donald Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more


4:30 p.m.

  • Several community organizations and Legacy Health are working to provide free COVID-19 testing to at-risk populations within the Latinx community. Learn more

1 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials reported three more COVID-19 deaths and 314 new cases of the virus. Learn more

8:45 a.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority released suggestions and guidelines on how to have a safe Halloween without the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The guidelines suggest to avoid trick-or-treating door-to-door. Learn more
  • Public schools in the Portland metro area can't have students back in the classroom full-time yet based on coronavirus cases and other public health metrics. But private schools can have kids back part-time. Learn more

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