Early Friday morning, the news broke that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now, experts and reporters—in the U.S. and abroad—are evaluating what impacts his health is going to have on Capitol Hill and the 2020 elections. Beyond politics, communities are also looking for new ways to enjoy the fall season as Halloween approaches, plus more back to school news. Stories were compiled from Newseum:
The Boston Globe, Published in Boston, Massachusetts
Local public health leaders in Boston are saying that President Trump’s diagnosis on Friday is revealing the pitfalls and weaknesses of the federal pandemic response. However, some medical experts are saying that the president’s case could potentially be an opportunity for him to reorient the government’s COVID-19 response and put more resources into beating the virus.
Sun Herald, Published in Biloxi, Mississippi
The state health officer in Mississippi says that President Donald Trump is concerning. Being 74-years-old and overweight, he is in the high risk group for developing more severe symptoms. While it’s been reported that he has only been experiencing cold-like symptoms, infectious disease experts warn that COVID-19 symptoms often start off mild, but can escalate in one to two weeks.
The New Indian Express, Published in Chennai, India
The news of President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis swept the globe, many nations offering mixed reactions of shock, sympathy, and ridicule. The positive test reading has left many wondering what it will mean for the upcoming November 3 election. The news has already caused U.S. stock futures and Asian country shares to fall.
Lincoln Journal Star, Published in Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Public Schools are seeing a decline in kindergarten registrations and an increase in home-school applications. The district says the cause is likely the pandemic, reporting a 1.7% decline. Parents express challenges with remote learning and trepidation with any plans of phased reopening.
Columbus Telegram, Published in Columbus, Nebraska
In the small town of Platte Center, Nebraska, residents are showing off 100-pound pumpkins on their porches. Families have been growing these large pumpkins, which have been bringing together neighbors this fall season who like to drive by and take photos.
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