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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Saturday that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19, adding to the growing number of Republican politicians who have tested positive for the virus following the announcement by the President Donald Trump early Friday morning that he tested positive.
Christie said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon that he “will be receiving medical attention today and keeping those needed informed of my condition.”
I just received a message stating that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have asked me how I was feeling over the past two days. I will receive medical attention today and will keep the necessary people informed of my condition.
– Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 3, 2020
Christie said he was tested on Friday because he was exposed to Trump and the President’s main aide, Hope Hicks, in preparation for the debate against former Vice President Joe Biden this week. Christie was pictured hugging other people in the rose garden on Saturday, following Trump’s announcement of Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court – a rally that public health experts are calling a potential super-broadcast event. Trump is now receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.
In addition to Christie and Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, RNC President Ronna McDaniel and U.S. Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Thom Tillis of North Carolina announced they had tested positive to COVID-19 this week.
But Christie did not attend the fundraiser at Trump’s Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ on Thursday.
In an interview with NorthJersey.com on Friday, Christie said, “I have no symptoms. I feel good. “
20 Hot Spot Postal Codes Across NY Contribute To 27% Of New COVID-19 Cases
11:00 Twenty of New York state’s 2,205 zip codes were considered hot spots, contributing to 27% of all new positive cases and a 6% positivity rate on Thursday, according to figures released Friday night by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Sections of New York, Orange, Rockland and Nassau counties are among the 20 postcodes considered “hot spots” by the Cuomo administration, prompting Cuomo to send “people to the field in postal codes of the hot spots ”. Affected neighborhoods will also receive rapid tests, where New Yorkers can receive results in 15 minutes instead of the usual 24 to 48 hours. Cuomo’s office did not disclose the specific zip codes that are part of it.
Some of those zip codes belong to the Five Boroughs, where city health officials have identified problematic areas in parts of Brooklyn, including Gravesend, Midwood and Borough Park.
“We’re tracking hot spots here on the home front, and hot spots are a big issue,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Cuomo’s update comes a day after he ordered health officials to fine municipalities $ 10,000 if they don’t reduce COVID-19 rates.
The state broke its previous record for the number of tests performed, with 119,443 tests performed. Of those tests, 6,703 were performed in these 20 hot spot zip codes, where 429 came back positive, producing a positivity rate of 6.4%. While these 20 hotspot zip codes have shown extremely high COVID-19 rates, the rest of the state continues to follow better, with the state’s latest positivity rate at 1.03%, during the removal of outliers.
Three people in Brooklyn have now died from the virus, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths in New York State to 25,497. Meanwhile, the joint task force of the State Liquor Authority and the Police of State has issued citations to seven establishments for ignoring social distancing orders.