COVID-19 Update

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As a deadly new wave of COVID-19 infections surges in 46 states, President Donald Trump hasn’t attended a coronavirus task force meeting in months. The President has been largely silent about the renewed strain on hospitals. He hasn’t added his voice to pressure more state governors to require masks and distancing — moves his own public health officials say can save thousands of lives as the country enters a potentially deadly winter before a vaccine will be widely distributed. Vice President Mike Pence led a White House call with state governors on Nov. 17 about the coronavirus response. Trump didn’t attend.

Coronavirus testing sites nationwide are strained and overflowing as people rush to get results before the Thanksgiving holiday.

With cases spiking, multiple states have advised families to reduce Thanksgiving celebrations; states have advised against travel, but quarantining for two weeks if you do hit the road.

With the U.S. coronavirus death toll now at 250,000, the White House appears to have stopped caring about the spread of the virus.

Celebrities including Bette Midler, Jimmy Kimmel, Ron Perlman, and George Takei piled on with insults and snark after news broke late Friday that President Donald Trump’s eldest son tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokesperson reportedly said that Donald Trump, Jr. has no symptoms but is isolating and following relevant medical guidelines.

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