Trump Coronavirus News: President Trump tests positive; here's what we know

Hours before Trump announced he had contracted the virus, the White House said Hope Hicks, a top aide who had traveled with him during the week, had tested positive

ByEyewitness News Team WABC logo
Sunday, October 4, 2020
President Trump tests positive for COVID-19
President Trump tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The president's physician says President Donald Trump was treated with a steroid after a drop in oxygen levels on Saturday.

Dr. Sean Conley said at a news conference on Sunday that he was given the steroid dexamethasone while he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Conley said the president's oxygen level had dropped down to 93% on Saturday. He says the president did not feel short of breath.

He says the president's medical team is hoping Trump will be up and about, out of bed and eating and drinking throughout the day.

If he continues to improve and feel well, he could be released as soon as Monday.

President Donald Trump says he feels "much better now," but that doctors are working to get him "all the way back," in a video posted to his personal Twitter account Saturday night.

The White House doctor said President Trump received an experimental antibody cocktail and remains 'fatigued' after COVID-19 diagnosis.

The stunning announcement plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining.

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 on Friday and COVID-19 was not detected, their doctor said.


President Trump thanks supporters outside hospital

President Trump thanked supporters outside Walter Reed on Sunday.

New Jersey Department of Health receives names of at least 206 individuals that attended Trump campaign events in Bedminster

The White House supplied the names of 206 people who attended Trump Campaign events in at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey to officials.

VP Pence, second lady test negative

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence again have been tested Sunday for coronavirus and received negative test results, a White House official tells ABC News. This is the third day since President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis that they have received a negative test result.

Pelosi says Trump's doctors need to be honest

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the doctors treating President Donald Trump for the coronavirus must provide trustworthy information to the public.

Pelosi said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation": "We need to have trust that what they're telling us about the President's condition is real."

Doctor says Trump treated with steroid Saturday

The president's physician says President Donald Trump was treated with a steroid after a drop in oxygen levels on Saturday. Dr. Sean Conley said at a news conference on Sunday that he was given the steroid dexamethasone while he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Hundreds gather outside Trump Tower in Manhattan to support president's COVID-19 recovery

Hundreds gathered outside for a big show of support for President Donald Trump who is in the hospital after contracting coronavirus. A caravan of about 100 cars from Long Island stopped traffic on 5th Avenue for about 30 minutes.

The supporters from Suffolk County were seen waving flags and honking horns, chanting "four more years. Their message is to stand behind President Trump and wish him a speedy recovery.

Trump improving from COVID-19, but not 'out of the woods' yet, doctor says

President Donald Trump faces "critical" coming days after a "very concerning" period in his fight against COVID-19 at a military hospital, his chief of staff said Saturday - in contrast to a rosier assessment moments earlier by Trump doctors, who took pains not to reveal the president had received supplemental oxygen at the White House before his hospital admission.

Trump remained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday. He offered his own assessment of his status Saturday evening in a video from his hospital suite, saying he was beginning to feel better and hoped to "be back soon."

President Trump gets experimental drug aimed at curbing severe illness with COVID-19

The experimental antibody drug given to President Donald Trump has been called one of the most promising approaches to preventing serious illness from a COVID-19 infection.

Chris Christie diagnosed with COVID-19

Former New Jersey governor and Trump associate Chris Christie has been diagnosed with COVID-19, he announced in a tweet Saturday morning.

3rd GOP Senator to test positive since Friday

Senator Ron Johnson was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14, officials say. He stayed in quarantine for 14 days without developing symptoms and tested negative twice during that time. Johnson returned to Washington on Sept. 29 and shortly after was exposed to an individual who has since tested positive. After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested yesterday afternoon. The test came back positive. Officials say Senator Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms. He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor.

Trump campaign manager tests positive for COVID

President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh has confirmed the news, which was first reported by Politico. Politico said Stepien received his diagnosis Friday and is experiencing "mild flu-like symptoms."

Ex-Trump adviser tests positive for coronavirus

President Donald Trump's former adviser Kellyanne Conway said late Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after attending a White House event with several others who have since come down with COVID-19. Conway tweeted Friday that she has a "light cough" and is "feeling fine." "I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians," she added.

Trump, stricken by COVID, arrives at military hospital

President Donald Trump appeared in public Friday evening for the first time since being stricken by COVID-19, boarding his Marine One helicopter for a flight to a military hospital as the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government.

Trump's SCOTUS nominee had COVID-19 this summer

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, was diagnosed with coronavirus late this summer but has recovered, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Barrett, and her husband, Jesse, were diagnosed, CNN reported. Jesse Barrett was asymptomatic but Barrett felt "a little under the weather but recovered," one of the sources said. After the news early Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump contracted coronavirus, Barrett tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.

Trump traveled to NJ just before COVID-19 diagnosis

The president attended a fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club. Governor Phil Murphy is wishing the president well, but also urging anyone who attended the Bedminster event to get tested and quarantine.

Biden tests negative, shares his thoughts

The Biden campaign said Friday that the former vice president and his wife tested negative for COVID-19.

"Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family," Biden tweeted.

Timeline of Trump's activities leading up to COVID-19 diagnosis

With just a month to go until the election, President Donald Trump had a busy schedule during the week the coronavirus hit home with him. Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. Here's is a timeline of the events leading up to his diagnosis.

How Trump's positive coronavirus test impacts presidential race

Trump will now have no choice but to remove himself from the campaign trail for a prolonged period. It could be a week or more until the President and first lady develop symptoms or it becomes clear whether they will have an asymptomatic or mercifully mild case of the disease.

Reaction ranges from shock, sadness to mockery

World leaders and officials were quick to weigh in, and there was both sympathy and something approaching schadenfreude.

Trump's health: How serious is his risk?

He is in a high-risk group simply by virtue of his age -- he is 74 -- and his weight. Trump is clinically obese, and obesity is a risk factor for a more severe form of the illness.

What happens if the president falls severely ill?

The 25th Amendment to the United States Consitution was designed to address this exact scenario.

List of notable figures who've announced a COVID-19 diagnosis since Trump diagnosis

Several lawmakers, leaders and other officials who attended the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination announcement have tested positive, including Kellyanne Conway, 2 Senators, members of the Trump campaign and the president of the University of Notre Dame.

These are the COVID-19 symptoms to know

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste, diarrhea and nausea

WATCH: Eyewitness to a Pandemic

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