Trump’s COVID-19 test highlight’s pandemic’s grip on nation, cancels Wisconsin rallies — 10/2/20

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Today we highlight the Wisconsin State Journal’s coverage of an early Friday announcement that shook up President Donald Trump’s campaign for reelection: That he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the couple into quarantine. 

“The diagnosis marks a major blow for a president who has been trying desperately to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind them even as cases continue to rise with less than four months before Election Day,” Mitchell Schmidt   reports. “And it stands as the most serious known public health scare encountered by any sitting American president in recent history.”

The positive test forced Trump’s campaign to cancel weekend rallies planned for Green Bay and Janesville. Local leaders had urged Trump to cancel the gatherings even before his Friday disclosure for fears that they would only speed the spread of coronavirus at a time when COVID-19 hospitalizations are surging in the state.

Top Stories

Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sussex Realtor Bob Tarantino addresses people April 24 in Delafield before they drove to Madison, where they participated in a rally protesting Gov. Tony Evers’ coronavirus restrictions that closed many businesses.

Donald Trump cancels Wisconsin rallies after president tests positive for COVID-19Wisconsin State Journal 

‘Doesn’t seem like a big deal’: For a mask skeptic, news that Trump has COVID-19 doesn’t change thingsMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

As COVID-19 spikes, limits on courts could return under new Wisconsin Supreme Court orderMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Sauk County health officer announces resignation, cites frustration with leadershipBaraboo News Republic

Judge blocks state release of employer COVID-19 dataWPR 

Federal money promised for businesses to rebuild after rioting is actually for coronavirus reliefKenosha News 

‘Almost a perfect storm’: Nursing home residents face voting challenges amid pandemicWTMJ-TV 

‘Critical staffing shortages’ prompt state to lift restrictions on out-of-state providersCap Times 

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“Kathy and I are sending our best wishes to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in their recovery.”

— Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in a tweet

“My big fear is that (Trump) probably had a greater exposure … Right now, he’s doing fine, but we’re early in this and if that’s the case, we really have to watch him in the next two weeks.” 

Dr. David Nace, director of medical affairs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, noting to The New York Times that people who don’t wear masks are exposed to higher concentrations of coronavirus, potentially worsening the disease

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Data to note

Statewide hospitalizations on Friday hovered at 663, dipping slightly for the second straight day following a nearly two weeks of surges that has overwhelmed some hospitals. 
Here are the latest data from the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

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