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Trump cancels trip to Gettysburg hotel for a GOP hearing about baseless voter-fraud claims after a campaign adviser tests positive for COVID-19



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  • President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip to a hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, pool reports said.
  • The president was expected to join his personal defense lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who attended the event despite also being exposed to COVID-19 after his son, Andrew, tested positive.
  • The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several in battleground states designed to undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
  • Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s win in the state on Tuesday.
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President Donald Trump canceled a scheduled trip to Pennsylvania on Wednesday to attend a Republican-organized hearing about purported voter fraud after a campaign adviser tested positive for coronavirus, press pool reports said.

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Trump was expected to travel to a hotel in Gettysburg to address the event amid his campaign’s ongoing effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Axios and CNN reported. However, on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg News reported that Trump’s adviser, Boris Epshteyn, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Epshteyn did not attend the Gettysburg event, but he was in contact with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, last week at a news conference at the Republican National Convention. Giuliani was also separately exposed to the virus after his son, Andrew, tested positive. The former New York mayor attended Wednesday’s event at Gettysburg and was seen speaking indoors without a mask in a tightly-packed room.

If Trump had attended the Gettysburg event, it would have been his first trip outside the Washington, DC, area since losing the general election. Sources told Axios and CNN that Trump was initially expected to join Giuliani at the Wyndham hotel and meet with the state’s Republican-led Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss alleged “election issues and irregularities.”

State Sen. Doug Mastriano requested the meeting take place amid the Trump campaign’s refusal to give up its court challenges against Pennsylvania’s election results. The battleground state officially certified its results on Tuesday and confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, securing him the state’s 20 electoral votes.

The Gettysburg event is said to be the first of several planned in battleground states designed to undermine Biden’s victory in the election, CNN reported.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney working on the Trump campaign, said the outgoing president’s legal team would not “back down,” even though multiple states, including Michigan and Georgia, have certified Biden’s win.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud,” Giuliani said in a statement reported by Bloomberg. “And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election.”

Trump and his campaign continue to insist, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud led to his defeat earlier this month, and Pennsylvania has been at the center of their baseless claims.

Speaking after Pennsylvania certified its election result, the

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A coronavirus vaccine might not be widely available until several months into 2021.

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The U.S reported a record high of more than 195,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 Friday, the same week the nation surpassed 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus, by far the largest total in the world. Experts say it will get worse.

“Cases and deaths continue to increase steadily in most states,” a Thursday Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation briefing says. “The pace of increase is faster than we expected, leading us to revise upward our forecast of deaths by March 1 to 471,000.”

The influential model’s projections assume 40 states will reinstate social distancing mandates by that time. If they don’t, IHME researchers say deaths and cases will be even higher.

Meanwhile, numerous high-profile political figures including Donald Trump Jr. have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. Florida Sen. Rick Scott announced Friday he has tested positive. He is the second Republican senator, along with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, to announce positive tests this week.

And Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew, announced Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19, a day after he attended a news conference with his father and other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team alleging baseless claims of widespread election fraud.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 11.9 million cases and more than 254,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 57.6 million cases and 1.37 million deaths. 

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Kansas counties that opted out of face mask order saw COVID-19 cases rise

We already know that wearing face masks in public spaces slows the spread of COVID-19. And now the coronavirus situation in Kansas is providing further proof.

Gov. Laura Kelly issued a face mask mandate in early July, and the counties that upheld the order saw a decline in cases, while the counties that opted out saw cases rise, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

“Countywide mask mandates appear to have contributed to the mitigation of COVID-19 transmission in mandated counties,” according to the report, which analyzed county-level data one month before, and after, the governor’s mandate went into effect.

As of mid-August, 24 of Kansas’s 105 counties had abided by the state mandate or adopted their own mask mandate, and 81 counties had opted out, as Kansas law allows. At that time, the number of new daily cases per capita – calculated as a 7-day rolling average – had decreased an average of 6% among counties with a mask mandate and increased by 100% in counties without a mandate. Read more.

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USWNT’s Lindsey Horan tests positive for coronavirus, won’t travel to Netherlands

U.S. women’s soccer midfielder Lindsey Horan tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the rematch of the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands on Nov. 27, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday.



Lindsey Horan standing in front of a crowd: Lindsey Horan, 26, has made 86 appearances for the U.S. national team and was a member of the 2019 world championship squad. (David Vincent/Associated Press)


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Lindsey Horan, 26, has made 86 appearances for the U.S. national team and was a member of the 2019 world championship squad. (David Vincent/Associated Press)

Horan, 26, received the diagnosis as part of pre-trip testing procedures. No others tested positive, the USSF said. The players are expected to begin arriving in the Netherlands on Friday.

Horan, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League, is “doing well” and “observing the appropriate quarantine protocols,” the USSF said.

Jaelin Howell, a junior midfielder at Florida State, will replace Horan, who has scored 19 goals in 86 U.S. appearances and was a member of the 2019 World Cup squad that defeated the Netherlands in the final, 2-0.

On Sunday, Howell, 20, scored twice in the Seminoles’ 3-2 victory over North Carolina in the ACC final in Cary, N.C.

Last month, she participated in a U.S. training camp in greater Denver. Howell is seeking her first appearance with the senior squad after 29 games with the under-20 team.

The only other college player invited this week was Stanford’s Catarina Macario, who will train with the team but isn’t likely to be eligible to play in the match. A naturalized citizen from Brazil, she is awaiting FIFA eligibility.

The match against the Netherlands is the first for Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s team since the SheBelieves Cup in March.

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center, Sage YMCA temporarily close after staff members test positive for COVID-19

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The Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed its doors Friday until Nov. 13 after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” according to the release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The rec center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

Dave Zinnen, director of the city’s recreation department, said two additional employees were identified as having close contact with the three employees who tested positive. One of the contact’s tests came back negative, and the other one does not yet have his or her results. 

“We recommended the rest of the staff to go ahead and get tested because we do work in a very confined area,” Zinnen said.

City Manager Roscoe Stelford said the city does not think any members of the club or residents met criteria to be considered a close contact.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset – or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before being tested – until the time the patient is isolated.

Going forward, Zinnen said the recreation department likely will put more plexiglass between employees. A piece of plexiglass already is set up between the front counter staff and employees, he said.

A “tremendous amount” of safeguards have been put in place for the public because of COVID-19, Stelford said.

This includes changing the check-in process, in which members hold their card directly up to a scanner, so there’s no physical interaction between employees and members, as well as a lot of cleaning and sanitizing as people are done using the equipment. 

Because some classes are not being conducted now, they are able to put workout equipment in more places, Stelford said. 

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – also have announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not affected fitness centers such as the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake will be closed for 10 days after receiving three reports of COVID-19, involving both direct and indirect exposures. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close down the center immediately to undergo deep cleaning,” Man-Yee Lee, spokeswoman for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, said on Saturday. “After swiftly

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center, Sage YCMA temporarily close after staff members test positive COVID-19

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The Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed its doors Friday until Nov. 13 after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” according to the release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The rec center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

Dave Zinnen, director of the city’s recreation department, said one additional employe was identified as having close contact with the three employees who tested positive, and that person’s COVID-19 test came back negative. 

“We recommended the rest of the staff to go ahead and get tested because we do work in a very confined area,” Zinnen said.

City Manager Roscoe Stelford said the city does not think any members of the club or residents met criteria to be considered a close contact.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset – or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before being tested – until the time the patient is isolated.

Going forward, Zinnen said the recreation department likely will put more plexiglass between employees. A piece of plexiglass already is set up between the front counter staff and employees, he said.

A “tremendous amount” of safeguards have been put into place for the public because of COVID-19, Stelford said.

This includes changing the check-in process, in which members hold their card directly up to a scanner, so there’s no physical interaction between employees and members, as well as a lot of cleaning and sanitizing as people are done using the equipment. 

Because some classes are not being conducted now, they are able to put workout equipment in more places, Stelford said. 

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – also have announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not affected fitness centers such as the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Also Friday, the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake said in an email to patrons that a staff member was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Crystal Lake fitness center will not be closing, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the employee was immediately sent home and told to get a
COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days, per CDC recommendations, interim Executive Director

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FGCU temporarily closes recreation center after two students test positive for COVID-19

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Florida Gulf Coast University closed one of its campus recreation centers Friday after two students tested positive for COVID-19.

Those students recently participated in activities at the University Recreation and Wellness Center and it was likely that other students were in close contact with them, according to an email sent by FGCU Vice President and Chief of Staff Susan Evans.

The entrance to Florida Gulf Coast University. (Photo: Andrea Melendez/The News-Press/USA Today Florida Network)

At 5 p.m. Friday, the center closed temporarily for deep cleaning and to allow case investigators to identify any students who will need to quarantine in addition to the two students who are positive.

The two students with COVID-19 will be isolated and the center will be closed until further notice, Evans stated in the email.

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All other campus recreation facilities will remain open.

“If you were in the Center this week and believe you were exposed to COVID-19 – or have concerns you may have been – please call our COVID-19 hotline at 239-590-1206,” Evans said in the email. 

The University Recreation and Wellness Center’s website will have information on reopening.  

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed after 3 staff members test positive for COVID-19

As a public service, Shaw Media will provide open access to information related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency. Sign up for the newsletter here

The Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed its doors Friday until Nov. 13 after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” according to the release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The rec center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

Dave Zinnen, director of the city’s recreation department, said one additional employe was identified as having close contact with the three employees who tested positive, and that person’s COVID-19 test came back negative. 

“We recommended the rest of the staff to go ahead and get tested because we do work in a very confined area,” Zinnen said.

City Manager Roscoe Stelford said the city does not think any members of the club or residents met criteria to be considered a close contact.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset – or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before being tested – until the time the patient is isolated.

Going forward, Zinnen said the recreation department likely will put more plexiglass between employees. A piece of plexiglass already is set up between the front counter staff and employees, he said.

A “tremendous amount” of safeguards have been put into place for the public because of COVID-19, Stelford said.

This includes changing the check-in process, in which members hold their card directly up to a scanner, so there’s no physical interaction between employees and members, as well as a lot of cleaning and sanitizing as people are done using the equipment. 

Because some classes are not being conducted now, they are able to put workout equipment in more places, Stelford said. 

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – also have announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not affected fitness centers such as the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Also Friday, the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake said in an email to patrons that a staff member was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Crystal Lake fitness center will not be closing, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the employee was immediately sent home and told to get a
COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days, per CDC recommendations, interim Executive Director

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UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed after three staff members test positive for COVID-19

As a public service, Shaw Media will provide open access to information related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency. Sign up for the newsletter here

The Woodstock Recreation Center has temporarily closed its doors, starting Friday and continuing through Nov. 13, after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” the city said in a news release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The Woodstock Recreation Center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

An attempt to reach the Woodstock city manager Friday was unsuccessful.

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – have also announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not effected fitness centers like the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Also on Friday, the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake said in an email to patrons that a staff member was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Crystal Lake fitness center will not be closing, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the employee was immediately sent home and told to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, interim Executive Director Lesley Franklin said in the email.

The employee has been asked not to come back to work until test results confirm they have not contracted the virus, Franklin said in the email. An initial assessment indicates that this staff member worked throughout the Y this week and part of last week and may have interacted with a number of people. 

“We have already reached out to these people and have advised them to take precautions, including getting a test,” Franklin said in the email. However, she said, the risk to other patrons is thought to be low. 

“We believe that the risk of exposure is lessened by the numerous safety precautions that we always undertake at the Y,” Franklin said in the email. “However, we must acknowledge that as with many things, an element of risk is always present.” 

Health clubs, along with barbershops, salons and spas, were allowed to reopen with capacity limits in late June under Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan. Under the previous phase, health and fitness clubs were limited to outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training.

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Less than 1% of travelers test positive for COVID-19 in post-travel testing program

Less than 1% of travelers who have been part of a post-travel COVID-19 testing program since Oct. 18 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The Safe Travels Hawaii pre-travel testing program, which began Oct. 15, allowed out-of-state visitors flying into the state to bypass the 14-day travel quarantine. In the Safe Travels Testing Program, which began on Oct. 18, some of those visitors have been tested to “gauge the frequency of COVID-19 among returning residents and visitors and determine the effectiveness” of the pre-arrivals testing program.

HI-EMA reported today that of the roughly 11,000 people who have been tested post-arrival, only 10 have been found to have COVID-19.

“This surveillance study is one more layer of safety to complement the overall Safe Travels Hawaii pre-travel testing program,” Lt. Gov. Josh Green said in a statement today. “We are at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic when we need to balance public health and safety with the economic well-being of our Islands, which as we know is also very much tied to the health of Hawaii’s people. We anticipate this study will serve as a guide for state leadership and policy makers on how to move Hawaii forward.”

To avoid the 14-day quarantine, travelers have to receive a negative nucleic acid amplification test, or NAAT, from one of Hawaii’s trusted testing partners 72 hours before flying into the state.

Dr. DeWolfe Miller, epidemiologist from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, is leading the study in coordination with the state and its testing partners.

“The results of this study will demonstrate if screening for symptoms and an NAAT test for COVID-19 is negative prior to travel to Hawaii will be sufficient to keep Hawaii safe from additional introduction of COVID-19 infection,” Miller said in a statement. “To do that the project is screening … a sample of arrivals.”

Up to $1.5 million from federal CARES Act funding will be used for the post-travel testing program, which will run through Dec. 31.

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11 Ajax players test positive for COVID-19 ahead of UCL travel day

Ajax will be without 11 players, including six from the first team, when they travel to Denmark for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Midtjylland after they tested positive for COVID-19.

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As a result, Ajax have just 17 players available, including zero goalkeepers who have ever featured in a first-team fixture in their career. Kjell Scherpen will be the only goalkeeper in the squad, meaning an outfield player could be forced in goal in the event of an injury or a sending-off.

Most notably omitted from the Ajax traveling party due to COVID-19 were midfielders Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic, and goalkeepers Andre Onana and Maarten Stekelenburg.

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Ajax sit third in Group D, three points behind second-place Atalanta. With Liverpool leading the group, Midtjylland were supposed to be the minnows against which Ajax could count on taking six points to give themselves a shot at progression to the knockout rounds. Given Monday’s coronavirus-related news, that plan could be out the window.

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