COVID+: President in Hospital; Many Infected at WH Gathering

Reports from Michael James, Grace Hauck, and Ryan W. Miller for USA TODAY at 6:29 A.M. ET on October 3, 2020 | Updated at 9.52 A.M. ET on October 3, 2020

President Donald Trump spent Friday night in a Maryland hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, tweeting that his stay was "going well, I think."

There was no update from the White House early Saturday, but White House physician Sean P. Conley said late Friday that "the president is doing very well" and was not requiring any supplemental oxygen. Trump was receiving Remdesivir therapy and was resting comfortably, Conley said.

Trump is at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, as more than 10 people who were in close contact with him or White House officials have tested positive for COVID-19, sending shock throughout the nation just a month away from the presidential election.

Six of those who tested positive attended a White House event last Saturday at which Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who has since tested negative.

It is the latest example of COVID-19's assault on the nation. The virus has killed more than 200,000 Americans and, as its latest cases show, no one is seemingly immune.

Trump and his advisers have attended several events drawing thousands of people over the past week, too. Democratic rival Joe Biden, who Trump appeared on stage with during Tuesday's debate, tested negative on Friday.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday the president "will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days." Officials didn't immediately respond to a request on the president's condition Saturday morning.

The stunning announcement of Trump's diagnosis is reshaping the 2020 election, taking Trump off the campaign trail as voters across the country vote early in large numbers.   

The latest news you need to know: 

  • White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday that the president is experiencing mild symptoms but that he was in good spirits.  

  • More than 10 people close to the White House have tested positive for COVID-19. Names include: Hope Hicks, senior advisor to the president; Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager; and Kellyanne Conway, former White House senior advisor. Find a full list here. 

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee has no plans to push back the confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said if President Donald Trump "feels up to it" the second debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden should go forward perhaps remotely.

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