VIDEO: COVID-19 spreads in White House

The story is covered in this week’s edition of Newscene, the award-winning student-produced weekly newscast

Trump Returns to White House

Trump appears poised to reemerge on the campaign trail despite scant health details. Andrea Hanks/White House photo via CNN

Chris LeFall, Multimedia Journalist, Newscene

A week after President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office, the virus has spread to other staff members in the White House and beyond.

Among them are top policy adviser Steven Miller and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The scope of the impact was covered in this week’s edition of Newscene, the award-winning student-produced weekly newscast.

The president, who was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center for three days earlier this week, insisted he was cured after being treated with experimental medicine.

“They gave me Regeneron and it was like, unbelievable,” Trump said.

Other members of Congress said the president has been negligent.

“This President is not in touch with reality,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois. “Congress should be.”

In other news:

Stimulus bill negotiations back on: Trump announced negotiations to decide a new pandemic stimulus bill are moving forward once again. 

In addition to a unanimously agreed-upon $1,200 check, House Democrats are pushing to expand unemployment benefits and support airline jobs.

However, Trump tweeted he will only approve a “stand alone bill” without the expanded benefits. 

COVID-19 hits Newsom’s home office: A member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s office staff tested positive for COVID-19.

State officials said proper safety protocols were implemented as soon as the positive test was reported. 

The governor and the infected staff member haven’t been in close contact for a couple of days.

State Supreme Court pick makes history: Newsom nominated the first openly gay judge to the California Supreme Court this week. 

Justice Martin Jenkins, a former Seattle Seahawks player and civil rights attorney, is also the fifth Black person to take the bench in the court’s history. 

School district postpones reopening: The Chula Vista Elementary School District has decided to postpone the reopening of its schools until the end of 2020. 

Superintendent Francisco Escobedo announced the news in an online meeting on Oct. 6 along with $3.5 million spent on safety equipment for the district.

Newscene multimedia journalists Benjamin Guadarrama, Assad Khalilzadeh and Christina Painton contributed to this report.