UPDATED: President Trump, Melania Trump Test Positive For COVID-19

UPDATE:

10:17 p.m. - Knowing that COVID-19 has an incubation period of 2-14 days and an average period of five days, it is possible that President Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States Melania Trump were exposed to COVID-19 when Amy Coney Barrett was nominated for the Supreme Court.  In addition to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, three or four other people that were there have tested positive for COVID-19.  

10:07 p.m. - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, First Lady of Ohio Fran DeWine, and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have tested negative for COVID-19.  

5:32 p.m. - President Donald Trump is being taken by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center for observation.  He tested positive for COVID-19 last night and he was reported to be having some fatigue.   He was also said to have had a fever.  

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.  This comes after White House adviser Hope Hicks tested positive.  Trump tweeted last night that they had tested positive.  Part of Trump's tweet read,  "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

This morning, Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have tested negative for COVID-19.  There is no word yet whether Pence will assume some presidential duties while Trump and Melania Trump are quarantining at the White House.  According to the the United States Constitution, the Speaker of the House would assume the duties as president. The current Speaker of the House is Nancy Pelosi. 

The quarantine will impact Trump's campaign.  Trump was scheduled to speak at five events between now and Tuesday.  There is no word if the events will be cancelled or if someone will speak on Trump's behalf.  There is also no word yet if the next presidential debate, which is scheduled for just under two weeks on Oct. 15, will happen on schedule.  

Since it is likely that Trump was infected at the time of the debate on Tuesday, it has been reported that Former Vice President Joe Biden will be tested.  They did not shake hands on camera and their podiums were socially distanced during the debate.  

Biden tweeted this morning, "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family."

Following the announcement, some world leaders sent well wishes to Trump and Melania Trump including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who suffered from COVID-19 earlier this year.  "My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus," Johnson said in a tweet.  

Last month, Journalist Bob Woodward released a book that included information that Trump intentionally downplayed the severity of COVID-19.  He has rarely worn a mask in public.  Biden sharply criticized Trump's handling of the pandemic during the First Presidential Debate on Tuesday.Don't forget to sign up for the FREE e-mail newsletter. Clickwarrencountyonlinenews.com/subscribe to make sure you get your community news delivered to your inbox every morning.

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