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Covid-19: New Plymouth hotel awaits all-clear on room used by guest who tested positive for coronavirus

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19.

The Auckland man spent two days working at Port Taranaki before experiencing symptoms.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

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A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

He was among about 150 guests staying at the Devon Hotel on Tuesday night.

The hotel’s owner, Peter Tennent, said different guests stayed in that same room until Sunday when he was notified of the case.

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“On this occasion I’m grateful the guest checked in, went straight to their room, checked out and left and went to work. The guest wanted to stay another night, but we were full.

“I understand the next 12 to 24 hours could potentially have been a problem … it would’ve gone from no risk to low risk. It’s blind luck but I’m grateful that didn’t happen.”

He said the hotel has a strict cleaning regime and each room is fully cleaned when a guest leaves.

“We go to a lot of trouble with door handles and touch points with the protocols around the hotel and I’m proud of the team but it’s always appropriate to stop and say ‘have we got it right’ and this is a classic example that just through blind luck we were a day early from that infectious period.”

He said health authorities told him the man was unlikely to have been contagious during his stay.

The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

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The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

Tennent said the room was fully booked until the hotel was notified of the positive case.

“The guest checked out early Wednesday morning and that room has been used every night with different guests till this morning [Sunday]. That room has now been blocked and the deep clean has been done and that room will not be let until we get a full clearance from the health department,” he said.

“All those details have been given to the health department but I haven’t heard and don’t anticipate hearing back unless there’s a problem and I don’t anticipate there’ll be a problem.”

He said the hotel was open and locals had not been put off coming to the bar and restaurant to watch the All Blacks’ match on Sunday night.

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Broncos assistant coach tests positive for COVID-19, won’t travel with team for Patriots game

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The Denver Broncos will likely have quarterback Drew Lock back in action when they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday, but thanks to the latest in a growing list of COVID-19 cases around the NFL, they will be down at least one assistant coach. A day before the team’s Week 6 showdown with the Pats, which is already delayed a week because of separate COVID issues, the Broncos announced that running backs coach Curtis Modkins has contracted COVID-19 and will not travel with the club for the game.

“Curtis is currently at home in self-isolation and experiencing no symptoms,” the Broncos said in a statement, adding that they learned of Modkins’ positive COVID-19 test early Saturday morning. “We have evaluated close contacts, administered necessary point-of-care testing (no positive COVID-19 results) and implemented additional health and safety measures at UCHealth Training Center.”

NFL Network’s James Palmer reports that Modkins recently learned of a family member who tested positive and immediately notified the Broncos, taking “extremely proactive” measures to follow NFL-NFLPA protocols for COVID cases and isolate from the rest of the team.

The status of Modkins, who oversees a running back unit that’ll be without starter Melvin Gordon (illness) against New England, isn’t expected to affect the Broncos-Patriots game on Sunday. New England had its own COVID-19 issue on Friday, cancelling practice because of an additional positive test, but all indications are that the NFL intends for the game to proceed as (re)scheduled.

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Les Miles Cleared After Positive COVID-19 Test; Won’t Travel for Kansas vs. WVU | Bleacher Report

Kansas head coach Les Miles looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Kansas head football coach Les Miles said Friday that he has been cleared to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. 

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Miles said that despite being cleared, he will not travel with the team for their game against West Virginia on Saturday. Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle will serve as the Jayhawks’ acting head coach for the game.

Miles said the following about his decision, per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg“There is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday.”

According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, the 66-year-old Miles said he entered into a 10-day quarantine at his home after announcing he tested positive Oct. 8. Miles handled his coaching duties remotely and didn’t attend any practices.

Miles is in the midst of his second season as the head coach at Kansas after previous stints with Oklahoma State and LSU.

Overall, Miles owns a 145-67 record and he led LSU to a national championship in 2007. In his first season as head coach of the Jayhawks in 2019, Miles went 3-9.

Kansas, which hasn’t won more than three games in a season since going 5-7 in 2009 and hasn’t had a winning record since going 8-5 in 2008, is off to an 0-3 start this season.

The Jayhawks fell to Sun Belt team Coastal Carolina in their first game this season and have since been blown out by Baylor and Oklahoma State.

WVU, which is hosting Kansas at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday, is 2-1 on the season.

Last week, the Mountaineers beat Baylor 27-21 to improve to 2-1, making them a big favorite against Kansas since the Jayhawks struggled to hang with Baylor.

On Saturday, Kansas will look to score its first victory over West Virginia since beating the Mountaineers 31-19 in 2013.

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Les Miles won’t travel with Kansas for West Virginia game after being cleared from his positive COVID-19 test

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Kansas coach Les Miles will not travel with his team for Saturday’s Week 7 game at West Virginia. In a Friday statement, Kansas said that Miles has been cleared to travel to Morgantown, but he’s opted not to out of caution. Miles just completed his 10-day isolation window after it was announced on Oct. 8 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“While my 10-day isolation window was completed this morning, there is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday,” Miles said in a statement. “As we continue to work our way through this pandemic, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff that make up this great team. As the head coach, it is up to me to set the right example for our student-athletes, and that is what I am doing with this decision by not traveling with the team.”

Assistant coach Josh Eagle will coach the Jayhawks against the Mountaineers. 

Miles is the fifth coach to publicly test positive for the coronavirus since the season began. Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin have all tested positive. Saban’s positive test comes ahead of the Crimson Tide’s prime time showdown with Georgia — by far carrying the biggest game implications since Week 1. 

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Kamala Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Kamala Harris cancels travel through Sunday after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Thursday suspended in-person campaigning because two people close to the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus.

She plans to stay off the campaign trail through Sunday.

Neither Ms. Harris nor presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is believed to be at risk, but the news scrambled plans for the Democratic ticket with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.

Mr. Biden’s campaign said Liz Allen, Ms. Harris’ communications director, and a “non-staff flight crew member” have tested positive for COVID-19.

The campaign also said an administrative staff member for the company that charters Mr. Biden’s plane tested positive Thursday but that the former vice president never came within 50 feet of them and there was no need to self-quarantine.

Ms. Harris said she is not showing symptoms. She tested negative multiple times this week, including on Thursday.

“We wanted to make sure that we were adhering to what has been, I think, a very appropriate and strict level of seriousness around the caution that we are exercising to make sure everyone is safe,” the California senator said at a virtual fundraiser on Thursday.

She also held a virtual event with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and Democratic Rep. Alma Adams after the news forced her to cancel several in-person events in North Carolina.

She learned of the other people’s positive tests late Wednesday. Neither she nor Mr. Biden tested positive, according to the campaign.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been critical of President Trump for conduct they deem dangerous during the pandemic, such as not always wearing masks and holding large rallies.

“Obviously, it’s been in stark contrast to you know who,” Ms. Harris said at the fundraiser.

Mr. Trump announced Oct. 2 that he tested positive for the virus and spent several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a result. The president has been back on the campaign trail since Monday after his physician said he was no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others.

He wished Ms. Harris and her staff well while campaigning in North Carolina on Thursday.

“We extend our best wishes,” the president said. “Which is more than they did to me, but that’s OK.”

Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris both wished the president well after his diagnosis and the Biden campaign temporarily suspended negative ads.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said neither Ms. Allen nor the crew member on Ms. Harris’s plane had contact with Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris, or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours before their positive test results.

Ms. O’Malley Dillon said both individuals were on a flight with Ms. Harris on Oct. 8 but that they were all wearing masks and the senator was not within six feet of them for more than 15 minutes.

“Our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines,” Ms. Harris said.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Biden campaigned together in Arizona on

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Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.



a person taking a selfie: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Kamala Harris suspends travel after two associated with campaign test positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8, when the two people were on a flight with Harris. Both candidates have tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times since then, and Biden’s campaign said he tested negative again on Thursday.

It’s the Biden campaign’s first major coronavirus scare, after months of careful health procedures that brought mockery from President Donald Trump, even after a White House virus outbreak that included the president and first lady Melania Trump. The Democratic campaign’s cautious reaction underscores again the differences in how the rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of preferred government response and the candidates’ personal protocols.

The travel suspension interrupts the Biden campaign’s aggressive push across a wide battleground map, including North Carolina and Ohio, the next two states Harris was scheduled to visit.

The campaign sees Harris, the first Black woman on a major party presidential ticket, as a key part of its outreach in North Carolina, where increasing Black turnout is key to the Democrats’ hopes of flipping the state. She had been scheduled to travel to the state Thursday for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

Her Friday trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as the vice presidential nominee and would have taken her into the metropolitan area with the state’s largest concentration of Black voters.

The senator’s brief hiatus from the trail comes as Trump ramps up his own travel again after he, the first lady and several White House staffers contracted the virus.

The Biden campaign told reporters Thursday morning that Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, and a flight crew member tested positive after the recent campaign trip to the southwest. Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said both tested negative before and after Harris’ travels. Their positive results came in subsequent tests.

“Neither of these individuals had any contact with Vice President Biden, with Sen. Harris or any other staff member since testing positive or in the 48-hour period prior to their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said, adding that under CDC guidelines there was no need for quarantining.

But O’Malley Dillon said Harris would suspend travel for several days “out of an abundance of caution.”

The campaign also is canceling upcoming travel for Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband.

Harris followed up in a statement saying that “both the crew member and the staff member were wearing N95 masks at all points they were near me, and our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines.”

She also pledged to be “transparent with you about any test results that I do receive. In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the

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Harris cancels travel after 2 connected to campaign test positive for coronavirus

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, also has not been in contact with those affected, according to a statement from campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. There were no indications that his travel schedule would change.

The announcement was the latest jolt to an already unprecedented campaign, as the Democratic running mate now joins President Trump in having been sidelined from the campaign trail for at least a short period during the final stretch of the race.

The results could muddy the Biden campaign’s message that Trump’s recent coronavirus infection, along with that of several people in his close orbit, is a direct result of his reckless disregard for public health recommendations.

But the Biden campaign was at pains Thursday to draw a distinction between its behavior and that of Trump and his team. The Biden campaign immediately revealed who tested positive and when, disclosed details of Harris’s last negative test, and quickly announced that it was conducting contact tracing — all at variance from the approach of the White House after Trump’s diagnosis.

”This is the sort of conduct we have continuously modeled in this campaign,” O’Malley Dillon said, regarding the suspension of Harris’s travel.

The Biden campaign said Thursday that he had tested negative the previous day.

Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that he is not being tested for the virus daily, contradicting previous White House suggestions that he was. ”I’m tested — not every day, but I’m tested a lot,” he told host Stuart Varney.

At a news briefing in late July, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of the president, ”He’s tested more than anyone, multiple times a day.”

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Obama has harsh words for Trump

As former president Barack Obama prepares to hit the campaign trail to boost Joe Biden’s bid for the White House, he lashed out at President Trump on Wednesday.

In an interview on the liberal ”Pod Save America” podcast, Obama particularly blasted his successor for continuing to spread misinformation.

”Trump is a symptom of [misinformation] and an accelerant to it,” Obama said. ”When you look at insane conspiracy theories like QAnon seeping into the mainstream of the Republican Party, what that tells you is that there are no more guardrails within that media ecosystem.”

The interview comes as Obama reportedly plots a swing through key battleground states like Florida and Wisconsin to make a closing argument for his former vice president less than three weeks away from the election. It also represents the latest instance of him upping his rhetoric against Trump. Where Obama was once reticent to verbally spar with the president, in recent months he’s issued dire warnings about his leadership in a fiery Democratic National Convention speech and slammed Trump in campaign ads.

A theme of Obama’s interview was his frustration with Trump continuing to push unfounded conspiracy theories — and his anger at Republicans for not distancing themselves from those claims. Speaking with his former aides Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, Obama

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Kamala Harris halts travel after flying with two who tested positive for Covid

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Thursday abruptly canceled her travel for the coming few days after two people associated with the Biden-Harris election campaign tested positive for coronavirus.



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The news came as the two men vying for the White House in the 3 November election, incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, were set to take part in separate but simultaneous town hall events to face voters’ questions on Thursday night – after their face-to-face debate was canceled when the president caught coronavirus.



Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.


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Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.

Trump embarked on a frantic day of in-person campaigning on Thursday prior to the town hall evening event, and has fallen behind in the polls with less than three weeks to go, while Biden was set for a low-key day of online fundraising before his dueling event.

Then in the morning it emerged that Harris had been on a flight this week with both individuals two days before their positive Covid-19 tests. The individuals were Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member”.

Because Harris and these contacts wore medical-grade N95 face masks during the flight and the infected individuals were not within 6ft of the vice-presidential nominee for more than 15 minutes, they do not meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of “close contact”.

For that reason, Harris does not meet full quarantine criteria, which would normally require an individual to be in isolation for two weeks.

But “out of an abundance of caution” the campaign canceled her normal schedule of events through Sunday, while promising a “robust and aggressive” round of online campaigning intended to reach far and wide.

The individuals who tested positive were not in contact with Biden, the campaign noted. But the uncertainty created and the hiatus in in-person events for Harris was an undoubted blow to the Democratic election campaign with less than three weeks before polling day.

The Harris campaign put out a statement saying the news of the positive tests came in late on Wednesday.

It added that the California senator and vice-presidential candidate intended to return to in-person campaigning on Monday.

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The campaign said that Harris last tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday and she will be tested again.

Meanwhile, since returning from a short stay in hospital earlier this month after contracting coronavirus, Trump had hit the trail again with

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