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    The last time we were hearing from Sarah Palin, she was recycling her NRA talking points to explain how she was never going to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot,” Palin yelled to a Phoenix, Arizona, crowd in December 2021. She also reminded the crowd that she was that lady who said that “mama bear” thing they might remember: “I will not do that. I won’t do it, and they better not touch my kids either.”  On Monday, the First Amendment trial Palin brought against The New York Times was set to begin. Palin filed a lawsuit against the Times in 2017, claiming she was defamed by the newspaper. Many people who have been waiting to see how this attempt at squashing a free press will go now have to wait as Palin has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. This would be the second time the “unvaccinated” Palin has reportedly caught COVID-19. The blight of Alaska told PEOPLE back in March 2021 that she and her children had tested positive for the virus. But...
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) defamation trial against The New York Times, scheduled to begin Monday, has been postponed after she tested positive for COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who is presiding over the defamation case in Manhattan, said the trial will be rescheduled to Feb. 3 if Palin has recovered from the coronavirus by then, The Associated Press reported. Rakoff said on Monday he was informed that Palin tested positive after a rapid antigen test and noted that "she is of course unvaccinated." He added that Palin, 57, retested on Monday and following the test results, "since she has tested positive three times, I’m going to assume she’s positive," the AP added. She previously contracted the coronavirus in March 2021. According to The Washington Post, when Rakoff put forward alternative trial plans Palin's lawyers noted that she wants to present for jury selection and that "she wants to testify live." The defamation case was set to be heard in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. The former GOP vice presidential candidate claims that the newspaper and its former editorial page editor, James Bennet, defamed her in a June 2017 editorial. That editorial erroneously drew...
    The mayor of Richmond, Virginia has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a Tweet. Mayor Levar Stoney of Virginia's capital city said he will isolate for five days."Today, I tested positive for #COVID19. My symptoms are far milder than my infection last year prior to being vaxxed & boosted. I will follow CDC guidance and isolate for 5 days. As we continue to live with COVID, no one has to die from it. Tell those you love to get vaccinated."Stoney had previously tested positive for the virus in January of 2021, he is 40-years-old. 
    Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin tested positive for COVID-19 just as a civil defamation trial involving her and the New York Times was set to begin. A lawyer for Palin, who remains defiantly unvaccinated, announced on Monday, Jan. 24 that the one-time Alaska governor tested positive for COVID-19 following a diagnosis last year for the virus. Palin said last month that she would get a COVID-19 vaccine “over (her) dead body.” Manhattan federal court judge Jed Rakoff said on Monday that he had learned the previous day that Palin, age 57, tested positive for COVID. They are now awaiting the results of a second test to confirm the diagnosis. “She is of course unvaccinated," Rakoff said, referring to Palin. The start of the trial has been delayed. Rakoff instead opted to work through a series of pre-trial motions while the court awaits the results of that second test. Palin sued the New York Times and a former editorial page editor for allegedly damning her reputation in a 2017 editorial that suggested Palin’s associates incident the shooting of Congresswoman...
    WE all know one – the person that has been exposed to Covid several times but has yet to catch it. Their sense of taste has remained intact and they have not suffered a sniffle, let alone a fever or a hacking cough. 4Madeleine Black has repeatedly dodged Covid 4Her husband Steven and daughters Anna, Mimi and Leila have all tested positive But how? Even when they have been cooped up with infected family members. Madeleine Black, 56, from Glasgow, has repeatedly dodged Covid even though husband Steven, 58, a managing director, and her three daughters Anna, 28, Mimi, 25, and Leila, 20, have all tested positive. Madeleine, an author who also hosts the Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling podcast, says: “My eldest daughter Anna caught Covid at the very start of the pandemic in February 2020. “We were never tested but as far as I know I never caught it and since then, I’ve been lucky enough to avoid Covid on many occasions. “My husband Steven tested positive in September 2021 and he wasn’t very well for several days. “He...
    Several of Vice President Kamala Harris's aides were forced to abandon her trip to California and Wisconsin on Saturday after a member of the advance team tested positive for COVID-19. Harris arrived in California on Friday, as part of a trip to promote the administration's infrastructure package, and is due to resume her travels on Monday after a weekend at her Los Angeles home.   A White House official told DailyMail.com that members of the vice president's staff traveled from Los Angeles International Airport to their hotel with a member of the advance team who subsequently tested positive. The advance team co-ordinates travel arrangements on the ground and includes volunteers.   'No members of the media were close contacts with this individual and the vice president was not a close contact with this individual,' said the official.  'The staff members will not travel with the vice president on Monday.  'So her trip is still going forward but those staff members who were close contacts are not going to travel with her.'  Harris is due to fly to Milwaukee on Monday before returning...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19. The infected passengers were among 73 who arrived from Brisbane on Wednesday. Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa also said Saturday the government may cancel further flights from Australia. A scheduled flight from New Zealand on Saturday has already been postponed, according to Radio New Zealand. All the passengers were reportedly fully vaccinated and had tested negative for COVID-19 before departure. The governor of neighboring American Samoa, Lemanu Palepoi Sialega “Peleti” Mauga, issued a statement offering words of solidarity to Samoa and support for its prime minister. He also announced the cancellation of flights between the territory and Samoa for one week. Samoa, population 200,000, has reported 18 active cases. American Samoa also has 18 cases, all of them travelers from Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines flights from Honolulu. The latest group of seven who tested positive arrived Jan 6. There is no lockdown...
    (CNN)No foreign athletes who have arrived in Beijing for the Winter Olympic Games have tested positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, according to Beijing 2022's media team."If any athlete tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will be reported and managed according to relevant requirements," the media team told CNN on Saturday.The media team did not say whether any other Olympic personnel outside of athletes had tested positive. CNN has followed up requesting this information but has not yet heard back.As of Friday, more than 2,000 participants have arrived in Beijing, including athletes, officials, members of the IOC and media, according to the official app for the Beijing Winter Games.To limit the spread of infection, Beijing is sealing the entire Games inside what authorities have called a "closed loop system" -- a bubble completely cut off from the rest of the city. Thousands of Chinese volunteers and staff have already spent days, if not weeks, inside the closed loop.Read MoreVisit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videosThe trial run of the closed-loop system started on January 4, according to Beijing 2022. The...
    Gov Larry HoganLarry Hogan'Unprecedented:' States invest in child care to recover pandemic losses Feehery: DC will become the inverse of West Berlin Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE (R) said Thursday that Maryland's first lady, Yumi Hogan, has tested positive for COVID-19.In a statement on his Twitter account, Hogan revealed that his wife tested positive for a breakthrough infection "as part of our weekly testing regimen." Yumi Hogan is currently experiencing "mild symptoms" as a result of being "vaccinated and boosted," the governor added.   "She will quarantine at Government House," he said.  Larry Hogan, a cancer survivor, added that he tested negative on both rapid and PCR tests, urging Marylanders "to get boosted for maximum protection against the Omicron variant." Yumi Hogan's infection comes just a month after the governor tested positive for COVID-19.Hogan wrote on Twitter in December that he received a positive rapid test for COVID-19 during his "regular testing routine." He said he is vaccinated and received a booster shot and is "feeling fine at the moment." The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases nationwide, with the highly mutated omicron variant spreading across...
    An estimated 2,000 hamsters and small animals are being killed in Hong Kong after some pet store animals tested positive for the coronavirus. The move has sparked outrage amongst animal rights activists and pet owners alike. According to the Washington Post, three people with ties to a pet shop in Hong Kong tested positive for the delta variant of coronavirus and officials believe it was hamsters imported from out of the country that infected the people. Eleven of the hamsters at the pet shop also tested positive, leading officials to believe they may have the city’s first cases of animal-to-human transmission. According to NBC News, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department stated they did not have the means to isolate potentially infectious animals or test them repeatedly, so they opted to kill the hamsters and other small animals as a “safe and feasible way to control the epidemic.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to people.” While there...
    More On: robin roberts Robin Roberts reflects on her coming-out after Colton Underwood ‘GMA’ interview ‘GMA’ host Robin Roberts’ life and career through the years Variety gives annual ‘Power of Women’ event frontline-worker spin Ali Wentworth tests positive for coronavirus Robin Roberts is the latest TV host to come down with COVID-19. The “Good Morning America” co-anchor took to Twitter Thursday night to explain that she has not been on the ABC show due to a recent diagnosis of the novel coronavirus. “Appreciate the concern about my absence this week on @GMA. Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid,” she tweeted. “Grateful my symptoms have been mild and that I’m doing well.” Roberts, 61, told viewers that she is “looking forward to returning” to work as soon as possible, concluding her post with a pair of hashtags and emojis, “ThankfulThursday ???????? #HappyFridayEve ❤️.” The news comes after “Today” show co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie shared that they were battling COVID-19. Kotb, 57, announced on Jan. 6 that she had tested positive but was “feeling good,” while Guthrie, 50, said...
    A COVID outbreak has forced an Oakland homeless shelter to close temporarily, leaving some people with nowhere to go as the Omicron variant continues to buffet the region’s unhoused community. St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County reported 19 guests sleeping at the West Oakland shelter tested positive late last week. A handful of staff members also caught the virus. The shelter has been closed since last Saturday, and won’t reopen until Monday, said Executive Director Blase Bova. The outbreak comes as a massive surge in cases, fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, is impacting everything from the Bay Area’s schools to its police force. Homeless shelters also have been hit hard. More than half of the 88 residents at the Division Circle Navigation Center in San Francisco were recently infected, and another 17 residents and nine staffers tested positive at San Francisco’s MSC-South Center. At least three more shelters in Santa Clara County have reported outbreaks. The virus’ rapid spread through homeless shelters has prompted some experts to question whether dorm-style shelters, where large numbers of people eat...
    Campuses in the Los Angeles school district have improved attendance and lower coronavirus rates in their second week since returning from winter break. But infections remain near record levels and the data are difficult to interpret because health officials have suspended contact-tracing requirements. School officials said they are encouraged by the numbers, which come amid growing signs that the unprecedented surge of the Omicron variant could be peaking. For the school week ending Jan. 16, L.A. school officials recorded an infection rate among students tested of 11%. This compares with a rate of 17% during baseline testing conducted from Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, prior to the start of school after winter break. The first day of classes was Jan. 11. The last week of school before winter break — when the Omicron variant surge already was pushing up numbers — the student infection rate was 0.22%. Put another way, in testing during the week that ended Dec. 17, about 2 students in 1,000 tested positive. In early January baseline testing just before school restarted, about 170 students per...
    Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieGOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines Top House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers Congress restores strict health protocols during omicron-fueled surge MORE (R-Ky.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced on Thursday that they tested positive for COVID-19. Massie, who is not vaccinated, wrote in a tweet that he was experiencing cold and allergy symptoms for one day “but seem[s] to be over it.” He said he will not be voting, attending in-person meetings or making public appearances until next week. The Kentucky Republican said he suspects that his symptoms are mild because he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in July 2020. He said he believes he contracted the virus in January of that year. Massie made headlines in July when he and two other firebrand Republican lawmakers — Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.) and Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanGOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue...
    A top-ranking Republican lawmaker in Utah is facing deep criticism following his decision to open the 2022 session unmasked despite recently testing positive for COVID-19. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Senate Chief of Staff Mark Thomas offered an update about the series of COVID tests Utah Senate President Stuart Adams (R) took in the days leading up to the session on Tuesday, January 18. Thomas indicated that Adams "tested negative on Monday, then tested positive Tuesday morning." When Adams took a second test on Tuesday, it was initially believed that those results were negative. However, it was later determined that a more faint line on the test suggested it was also positive. According to Thomas, Adams really thought he'd tested negative twice when he spoke on the Senate floor. In the midst of all the confusion, Senate deputy chief of staff Aundrea Peterson released a statement addressing the situation on Adams' behalf. “President Adams took COVID-19 tests and had mixed results, which may have caused confusion,” Senate deputy chief of staff Aundrea Peterson said in her statement....
    Republican Rep. Thomas Massie revealed Thursday that he's tested positive again for COVID-19.  'I will not be voting, meeting in person, or making public appearances until next week. I am not vaccinated or boosted,' the 51-year-old congressman disclosed. 'If trolls or media have other questions about my health status, the answer is most likely, "NUNYA."'   Massie originally contracted COVID-19 early in the pandemic and received a positive test for antibodies in July 2020.   Republican Rep. Thomas Massie revealed Thursday that he's tested positive again for COVID-19 Massie said he suspected he had mild symptoms because he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in 2020, meaning he had a previous infection. He also suggested he might have caught the Omicron variant  Massie, who's been against vaccine mandates, also disclosed that he remains unvaccinated  The Kentucky Republican also said the only medication he's taken is a generic form of Claritin, which treats allergy symptoms  'I can't guarantee, but I suspect my symptoms have been very mild due to prior infection 2 years ago,' he tweeted Thursday. 'Also, perhaps this was omicron?'  Massie said...
    Yumi Hogan, the First Lady of Maryland and wife to Governor Larry Hogan has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Tweet from the Governor. Governor Hogan Tweeted on Jan. 20:"As part of our weekly testing regimen, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Having been vaccinated and boosted, she is only experiencing mild symptoms. She will quarantine at Government House. I received negative rapid and PCR tests."Governor Hogan tested positive for COVID-10 in December of last year. Members of his staff also tested positive over the summer 
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan Yumi Hogan has tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday. The governor said the positive test came up during the first lady’s weekly testing regimen. READ MORE: Man In Critical Condition After Columbia Shooting“Having been vaccinated and boosted, she is only experiencing mild symptoms,” the governor tweeted. “She will quarantine at Government House.” As part of our weekly testing regimen, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Having been vaccinated and boosted, she is only experiencing mild symptoms. She will quarantine at Government House. I received negative rapid and PCR tests. — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 20, 2022 READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Snow Starting To Fall In Baltimore's SuburbsGov. Hogan said he tested negative on both rapid and PCR tests. The governor tested positive for the virus on Dec. 20 and said he was only experiencing “some cold-like symptoms.” MORE NEWS: Safe Streets Worker Among 3 Slain In Baltimore Quadruple ShootingFollowing his wife’s positive test, Gov. Hogan urged Marylanders to get boosted “for maximum protection against the Omicron...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted Thursday that he tested positive for Covid-19 and is not vaccinated. "I have tested positive for SARS-CoV2. (Home test, confirmed by lab PCR.) I had cold/allergy symptoms for 1 day, and seem to be over it," he wrote."I will not be voting, meeting in person, or making public appearances until next week," he continued. "I am not vaccinated or boosted."This story is breaking and will be updated.
    We are two years into the pandemic, yet some Republicans do not understand the depth of the issue. Across the country, GOP members are not only failing to comply with safety regulations put in place to stop the novel coronavirus but in some cases even lying about test results. In one incident, a Utah lawmaker tested positive and lied about it—not once, but twice. According to ABC News affiliate KUTV, during opening remarks of the Utah legislative session, Utah Senate President Stuart Adams told senators he had tested negative for COVID-19 on both Monday and Tuesday. But the reality was Adams actually tested positive twice on Tuesday, which was the first day of the Senate’s session. According to Senate Chief of Staff Mark Thomas, Adams tested negative Monday but received a positive test Tuesday morning. Since his test result came out positive he decided to take another test, which then appeared to be negative, in order for him to attend the session. However moments later a “faint line" appeared indicating a positive test for COVID-19, Thomas said. “He didn’t get that message while...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc’s parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen already canceled her attendance on Monday. Michel said “I have been informed that I was in close contact with someone who tested positive,” Michel said. “Therefore I will not be able to attend” the parliamentary session, where he was to brief legislators on the EU summit in December and issues like the pandemic and the standoff in Ukraine. He didn’t provide details. Von der Leyen canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Both were supposed to be in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, as President Emmanuel Macron would address the plenary on the plans during France’s tenure of the EU presidency, which runs through June. ___ Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected.  The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. The pet shop employee tested positive for the delta variant on Monday, and several hamsters imported from the Netherlands at the store tested positive as well.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, animals do not appear to play a significant role in spreading the coronavirus. But Hong Kong authorities said they are not ruling out transmission between animals and humans.  RUSSIA ANGRILY REJECTS CLAIM IT’S CREATING A PRETEXT TO INVADE UKRAINE  A pet shop is closed after some pet hamsters tested positive for the coronavirus, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) "We cannot exclude the possibility that the shopkeeper was in fact actually infected from the hamsters," said Edwin Tsui, a controller at the...
    The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesperson said in a statement on Monday afternoon. “The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for COVID-19. the performance of his duties will remain unaffected,” Marine Maj. Eric Flanagan said in the statement. Berger’s status was announced shortly after a spokesman for Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that Milley had tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. Berger and Milley are the second top Pentagon leaders to come down with coronavirus over the past several weeks. The nation’s top defense leader, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, tested positive earlier this month, forcing him to quarantine. Milley is currently isolating at a remote location and is experiencing “very minor” symptoms, his spokesman said. It was not stated whether Berger was isolating or quarantining. All were vaccinated and at least two — Milley and Austin — had received the booster shot.
    Rep. David TroneDavid John TroneBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Maryland Democrats target lone Republican in redistricting scheme Alabama Republican touts provision in infrastructure bill he voted against MORE (D-Md.) announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest breakthrough case among lawmakers in Congress.  “Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m fully vaccinated + boosted, and am only experiencing mild symptoms,” Trone wrote in a tweet on Saturday.  “I'll be voting by proxy this week. In the meantime, I'll use my saved commute time to continue telling folks to #GetVaccinated so we can finally end this damn pandemic!”  Trone’s infection follows similar announcements in the past week or so from Reps. C.A. Dutch RuppersbergerCharles (Dutch) Albert RuppersbergerThe Hill's Morning Report - For Biden, it goes from bad to worse Maryland Democrat experiencing mild symptoms after positive COVID-19 test Maryland Democrats target lone Republican in redistricting scheme MORE (D-Md.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSen. Brian Schatz tests positive for COVID-19 Democrats call on FDA to revisit ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood amid shortage Senate Democrats introduce bill to...
    The nation’s top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. He is now isolating at a remote location, his spokesperson said Monday morning. “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is working remotely and isolating himself from contact with others after a positive COVID-19 test yesterday,” Army Col. Dave Butler said in a statement. Butler said that Milley was fully-vaccinated and is experiencing “very minor symptoms.” “He is experiencing very minor symptoms and can perform all of his duties from the remote location. He has received the COVID-19 vaccines including the booster.” Butler’s statement said all other joint chiefs of staff “except for one tested negative for COVID-19 yesterday.” The statement did not say who else tested positive for the virus. Former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole is escorted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley as the casket of former US Senator Bob Dole is carried from the U.S. Capitol on December 10, 2021, in Washington, DC. (ANNA MONEYMAKER/POOL/AFP...
    The United States chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has tested positive for COVID-19. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley reported testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is working remotely, according to a spokesperson. Milley is "experiencing very minor symptoms and can perform all of his duties from the remote location. He has received the COVID-19 vaccines, including the booster," the spokesperson said in a statement. MARINES GRANT TWO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS MARKING FIRST ACROSS MILITARY BRANCHES Milley's last contact with President Joe Biden was on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Gen. Raymond T. Odierno's funeral, the spokesperson said. Milley "tested negative several days prior to and every day following contact with the President until yesterday," the spokesperson said. Milley was not the only member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test positive for COVID-19. “The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for COVID-19. The performance of his duties will remain unaffected," Maj. Eric Flanagan, the spokesman for the commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a statement. ...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Representative Diana DeGette has tested positive for COVID-19. She announced the diagnosis on her Twitter page Monday morning. I have tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, I am fully vaccinated and boosted and experiencing mild symptoms. Per CDC guidelines, I will remain self-isolated and working from my home in Denver this week. — Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) January 17, 2022 DeGette says she is experiencing mild symptoms, and will quarantine while continuing remote work from Denver this week. Diana DeGette (credit: CBS) DeGette represents Colorado’s First Congressional District, which encompasses all of Denver.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing very minor symptoms, a spokesperson said Monday. Milley, who has received the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot, tested positive on Sunday, Joint Chiefs spokesperson Col. Dave Butler said in a statement. Milley was isolating himself and working remotely from a location where he can perform all his duties, Butler said. All seven other Joint Chiefs of Staff members except for one tested negative, he said. The identity of that member wasn’t disclosed. Milley’s most recent contact with President Joe Biden was on Wednesday at the funeral of Gen. Raymond Odierno, who died of cancer in October. Milley, 63, tested negative several days before the contact with Biden and every day after until Sunday, the Joint Chiefs statement said. Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms while quarantining at home. Austin, who said he was fully vaccinated and received a booster in October, tested negative about a week later....
    (CNN)Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday and "is experiencing very minor symptoms," Joint Staff spokesperson Col. Dave Butler said in a statement Monday.Milley "is working remotely and isolating himself from contact with others," Butler said, and "can perform all of his duties from the remote location.""He has received the COVID-19 vaccines including the booster," Butler said.According to the statement, Milley most recently had contact with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 12, at Gen. Raymond Odierno's funeral."He tested negative several days prior to and every day following contact with the President until yesterday," Butler said.Read More"All other Joint Chiefs of Staff except for one tested negative for COVID-19 yesterday," he added.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Maryland Representative David Trone said he has tested positive for COVID-19 but has only experienced mild symptoms. In a statement on Saturday, Trone said that he planned to vote by proxy the following week and will continue to isolate and recover at home. Trone also said he’s fully vaccinated and boosted and encourages others to get vaccinated. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m fully vaccinated + boosted, and am only experiencing mild symptoms. I’ll be voting by proxy this week. In the meantime, I’ll use my saved commute time to continue telling folks to #GetVaccinated so we can finally end this damn pandemic! — Rep. David Trone (@RepDavidTrone) January 16, 2022 The Maryland Democrat’s announcement followed the completion of a telephone workshop on stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reports of hospitals moving to crisis standards of care. Congressman Trone was the latest local leader to test positive for the virus, following reports that Representative Dutch Ruppersberger tested positive on Jan 11. At the time, Ruppersberger acknowledged that [he was having mild/severe/no symptoms] I tested positive for COVID-19...
    Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) announced Friday that she tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated and previously contracting the virus in 2020. Hinson said that she "began experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms" Thursday afternoon and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. She is the latest lawmaker to test positive amid a surge in cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. The Iowa Republican voted on the House floor in person on Thursday morning against Democrats' voting rights and federal election reforms package, which is being used as a legislative vehicle in the Senate for a fight over reforming the filibuster. Hinson said she is now isolating and working remotely from Washington. "I am fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19," Hinson tweeted. "I am isolating and following CDC guidance as well as the advice of the Attending Physician, and am currently working remotely in Washington, D.C. My team and I will continue working around the clock for Iowans and I look forward to being back at work, in-person, soon." It's the second time that Hinson has tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. She...
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for COVID-19, her office said Friday. The Swedish leader had taken part in a debate in Parliament with other party leaders earlier this week and at least two other top politicians have also tested positive since. Her office told Swedish news agency TT that Andersson is following “the current recommendations and will carry out her work from home.” Andersson is doing fine, her office said. Following Wednesday’s debate in the 349-seat Riksdagen, Center Party leader Annie Loof and Per Bolund, head of the small Green Party, also tested positive. The latter coughed when speaking to the media afterward. On Twitter, Bolund wrote Thursday that a quick test gave him the result and he immediately went into isolation as recommended by the Swedish Public Health Agency. Other party leaders who took part in the debate, have all tested negative, Swedish broadcaster SVT said. Andersson, a former finance minister, became Sweden’s first female prime minister in November. She is the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Sweden’s largest....
    A Delta Air Lines employee works on the departures level at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said about 8,000 of its 75,000 employees tested positive for Covid-19 over the last four weeks, absences that marred the company's financial results during a busy holiday travel season. Delta reported a loss for the quarter and forecast another for the first three months of the year because of the fast-spreading omicron variant, but predicted travel would begin to rebound again in late February. A series of winter storms and airline crews sidelined by omicron infections contributed to more than 20,000 U.S. flight cancellations industry-wide between Christmas Eve and the first week of January. United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Monday said 3,000 of its close to 70,000 U.S. employees were positive for Covid. Flight cancellations have eased significantly in the past few days. Delta's operation has since stabilized said on Thursday, with 1% of flights canceled over the past week because of omicron. The employees...
    The head of Montgomery County Public Schools spoke to the public Wednesday for the first time since a recent change to a policy on switching to virtual learning amid COVID-19 outbreaks. Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight said the modification to the rule, which previously had required schools with 5% of students and staff testing positive to temporarily revert to remote learning, was “absolutely necessary.” Eleven schools made the transition before state officials advised against that policy, and it was changed. From now on, a pivot to virtual learning will be considered case-by-case based on multiple factors. McKnight spoke during an online forum billed as a community conversation about school operations, but the public’s involvement was limited to written questions submitted live or in advance. The Maryland school district is dealing with serious shortages of teachers and bus drivers. “We’re making constant adjustments and doing everything that we can to mitigate the impacts of these operational challenges. It’s an all hands on deck effort, to be honest,” said McKnight. “We’re asking buses to maximize the number of runs that they’re doing. We’re...
    A French reporter who interviewed Novak DJokovic without knowing the tennis star had tested positive to Covid-19 was told not to ask if he was vaccinated. Djokovic said he tested positive to the virus on December 16, but on December 18 he sat down with Franck Ramella, from French publication L'Equipe. 'The instructions were clear - no questions about vaccination,' Ramella said. 'So we didn't ask him if he had made efforts to get tested. If we had asked him, what would have been the point?' A French reporter who interviewed Novak DJokovic without knowing the tennis star had tested positive to Covid-19 was told not to ask if he was vaccinated The reporter said Djokovic refused to remove his mask for five minutes when asked by the photographer but did later take it off for a photo.  Ramella, who has tested negative to fly to Victoria for the Australian Open only found out Djokovic was positive when he was detained at Melbourne Airport last week.  'Both of us were protected, opposite each other at a distance of about one metre on...
    NBC “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie has become the latest on the program to test positive for a breakthrough COVID-19 infection after reportedly attending a birthday party near her home in the Hudson Valley. Guthrie was a guest on her own show this week to share the news via a video connection from her Dutchess County residence that she has a confirmed COVID infection, despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, though her symptoms are reportedly extremely mild. Her announcement came after co-anchor Hoda Kotb tested positive for a breakthrough case last week, and has since come back to the air after her symptoms resolved and she later tested negative for COVID-19. “We’re trading places,” Guthrie said to Kotb on air on Monday, Jan. 10. "I’m working from home. You’re back in the studio. You have a negative test for COVID. I just tested positive for COVID, so here we go.” Guthrie’s positive case comes after her husband reportedly threw her a belated 50th birthday celebration on New Year's Eve at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Rhinebeck. According to...
    Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic admitted to an error on his travel documents for his trip to Australia. In an Instagram post Wednesday, he said the documents were submitted by his support team and falsely claimed he did not travel internationally 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia. Djokovic also admitted to doing an interview with a journalist and a photoshoot immediately after testing positive for COVID-19 last December. DJOKOVIC ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN AUSTRALIA, COURT RULES "I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken," he said in the post. "While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled." Djokovic said he took a PCR test on Dec. 16. The following day, he tested negative on an antigen test and attended an event with children in...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling "extremely unwell." According to press release, Justice, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, got tested after experiencing a "sudden onset of symptoms." West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening. “While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I’m thankful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, I’ve been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,” Justice said in a statement. “That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature." Justice reported waking up with a cough and congestion and later developing a headache and fever. An initial rapid test came back negative but after continuing to experience symptoms, Justice received a PCR test that confirmed he had contracted the coronavirus. Justice, 70, received a course of monoclonal antibody treatment on Tuesday evening on the recommendation of his physicians, with his age placing him...
    Two Australian news anchors were seen ripping tennis legend Novak Djokovic to shreds this week in a shocking, leaked video. The video shows Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern, anchors for Melbourne’s Seven News broadcast, completely destroying Djokovic over his various controversies related to the Covid-19 vaccine. “Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying sneaky asshole,” Maddern said, laughing. “He is an asshole,” Amor replied. Whoooops. pic.twitter.com/EBwGVhmZqC — Avi Yemini (@OzraeliAvi) January 11, 2022 Djokovic had been trying to gain entrance to Australia to compete in this month’s Australian Open. But Australia denied him entrance, as he is not vaccinated, in defiance of a mandate. The tennis great, however, successfully lobbied his way in after a court battle during which his argument centered on the notion that he tested positive for Covid last month. However, his timeline has come under scrutiny, as Djokovic participated in public events, including a youth tennis ceremony, immediately after he claimed to have tested positive. Djokovic says he was waiting on the results from a PCR test which he had...
    The Australian government is preparing its case to deport Novak Djokovic after he admitted to attending an event and interview in Serbia after testing Covid-positive.  The tennis world no. 1 is currently in Melbourne fighting for a chance to retain his Australian Open title next week, but is still facing the prospect of deportation after days of legal battles and uncertainty. Djokovic's hopes were dented further today as Australia's Department of Home Affairs’ investigation was widened to include inconsistencies in the tennis star's story after he posted a lengthy social media post apologising for the breach, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The investigation will now include his breach of isolation requirements in Serbia, incorrect statements given on his travel declaration form and inconsistencies on the date of his COVID-19 test. Djokovic could also be facing trouble at home. Under Serbian law, where anyone Covid positive must isolate for 14 days, a breach of the measures can carry a maximum sentence of three years behind bars. And in Australia, lying on travel documentation can result in a 12-month prison sentence, while providing false information to to...
    Congress is grappling with the omicron variant as COVID-19 surges among members. Upon its return from the holiday recess for its first legislative week of the new year, Congress re-implemented or strengthened COVID-19 mitigation efforts to slow the spread of a virus in often crowded and confined spaces. In a visible nod to the effort, chairs from a popular coffee shop in the Longworth House Office Building were removed to discourage congregating. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have disclosed positive COVID-19 cases in recent days. That includes Democratic New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sean Maloney and Republicans Reps. John Katko of New York and Nancy Mace of South Carolina. Statements from lawmakers largely attributed mild symptoms to vaccination and urged others to get vaccinated as well. This is the second round of COVID-19 for Mace, who said she had the virus in 2020 before vaccines were available. This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. While I am experiencing minor cold-like symptoms, I’m grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted, which is protecting me from...
    Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted Wednesday that he broke his isolation after he tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia last month, which he called an "error of judgment." Djokovic said he left his hotel room after he tested positive to do an already scheduled interview with a journalist from a French newspaper. He tested positive Dec. 16.  The athlete could be deported from Australia before being able to defend his Australian Open title because he is unvaccinated. He is a nine-time Australian Open champion. The tournament is scheduled to begin next Monday. In the post, Djokovic said he wanted to clarify "misinformation" swirling around the story that has overshadowed the upcoming tournament.  Defending men's champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.  (Associated Press) "I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L'Equipe interview as I didn't want to let the journalist down," he said in an Instagram post, adding that he socially distanced and wore a mask during the interview. "I...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — The Elk Grove Unified School District on Tuesday announced it will now e-mail parents about positive COVID-19 cases instead of making individual phone calls. There’s also new criteria under the revised notification process allowing exposed students to remain in class and go untested in some circumstances. READ MORE: Universal Health Care Bill Advances In California AssemblyThis policy is effective immediately, but why now? The district said it’s a number of things: the surge in omicron cases, staffing shortages and updated guidance from public health officials. It’s a COVID-19 policy pivot from the district, which notified parents in a letter. Children exposed but are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic may stay in school and will not need to be tested. For students who are unvaccinated and asymptomatic, they can stay in school, too, but are required to be tested on day five. Those who are symptomatic will be sent home to isolate, but isolation can now end after five days if they don’t have symptoms. When we pushed the district for answers on the changes, they sent us a statement saying: “We are updating...
    Novak Djokovic has admitted attending an event with children while he was Covid positive - but says he didn't know he was infected until shortly afterwards.  Djokovic had been accused of presenting awards to children at a tennis event in the Serbian capital Belgrade on December 17 a day after testing positive to the virus. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the 34-year-old lashed out at 'misinformation' and claimed it wasn't until after the event that he learned he was Covid positive.  But the Serbian did admit he then conducted an in-person interview with French newspaper L'Équipe knowing he was positive, a mistake he put down to an 'error in judgement'. He also admitted his agent made an administrative error and accidentally ticked an incorrect box about his travel history before coming to Australia. 'I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities and attendance at events in December in the lead-up to my positive Covid test result,' he said. Novak Djokovic with his wife Jelena. He has hit out at 'misinformation' over claims he tested positive to Covid...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for COVID-19 and says she will be working from home during her isolation period after experiencing mild symptoms.  The mayor's breakthrough case comes one day after she struck a deal with the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU), which kept schools closed for four days as they demanded better COVID-19 safety policies amid the Omicron surge.   In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Lightfoot revealed she had tested positive and will be in quarantine until she tests negative.  'I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,' Lightfoot wrote on Twitter.  'I will continue to work from home while following the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for isolation.' During his last public appearance on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced she reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers' Union to reopen schools on Wednesday  On Tuesday afternoon, Lightfoot revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mid symptoms. She will be working from home during her isolation period
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, just hours after her late-night press conference to announce students would soon be able to return to school. The Democratic mayor announced she was experiencing coldlike symptoms and isolating at home. “Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Lightfoot said. “I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation.” Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 11, 2022 CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS POISED TO RESUME IN-PERSON LEARNING WEDNESDAY AFTER DAYSLONG STANDOFF Lightfoot was last in the public at a press conference late Monday night to announce an agreement was reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools over in-person learning and COVID-19 safety protocols....
    Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootOvernight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests Psaki: White House wants to see Chicago Public Schools open Chicago schools closed for fourth consecutive day MORE (D) announced on Tuesday that she tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.  "Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,"  Lightfoot said in a tweet. "I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation." Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation. — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 11, 2022 "This is an urgent reminder for folks to get vaccinated and boosted as it's the only way to beat this pandemic," she added in another tweet.  Lightfoot's infection comes just one day before Chicago's schools are set to reopen after the city's teachers...
    Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesFeehery: What House Republicans should promise when they take over House clears bill to raise debt limit House votes to hold defiant Meadows in criminal contempt MORE (D-N.Y.) announced in a "Dear Colleague" letter on Tuesday that the annual House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference scheduled for next month would be postponed due to COVID-19.  Jeffries said that the decision to postpone the conference scheduled for Feb. 9-11 in Philadelphia was based on guidance from the Office of the Attending Physician.  "While Vice Chair Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarHouse votes to hold defiant Meadows in criminal contempt Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims All eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote MORE and I are disappointed not to be proceeding with next month's event, the health and safety of the Members, their families and staff is our top priority," the letter said.  "Our intention is to reschedule the Issues Conference shortly after President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate goes into effect On the Money — Democrats grow less confident in Manchin Fed...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for COVID-19, she said in a tweet."Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19," the mayor tweeted. "I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation."Please note: The video above is from a previous report Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 11, 2022Illinois reported 28,110 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 92 related deaths. The statewide positivity rate is 16.9%.RELATED: Illinois reports 28,110 new cases, 92 deathsHealth officials in the city and state have stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted in order to fight COVID and the omicron variant. Health officials have noted that the vast majority of severe cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been in unvaccinated patients."We continue to see...
    Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Tweet he posted today. He says he is quarantining at home with mild symptoms."I tested positive for COVID-19 last night and am quarantining at home with mild symptoms. I am fully vaccinated and boosted. We all need to do what we can to protect our families, colleagues and healthcare heroes – please get your shots, limit gatherings and mask up," Rep. Ruppersberger wrote.The Democratic Congressman is 75-years-old and serves Maryland's 2nd District.