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COVID’s US Grip Strengthens: Record Cases In 9 States, Rising In 21 Others

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That trend, in tandem with looming cold weather, alarms public health experts, who urge Americans to take actions that can control the virus spread before winter. Meanwhile, over 200,000 folding chairs are placed on the National Mall to mark each U.S. death from COVID-19, so far.

Trump Reportedly Hid First COVID Diagnosis While Waiting For Second Test

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While waiting for the results of a more reliable test, President Donald Trump did not disclose during a Fox News interview that a rapid test taken Thursday evening had showed he was positive for the coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reports. The White House has been under fire for its lack of transparency over the COVID status of staff members.

Supporters Cheer Trump’s Car Ride; Medical Professionals Call It ‘Reckless’

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Health concerns center on the risks to the Secret Service agents present in the hermetically sealed vehicle with a COVID-positive Donald Trump. The president opted to leave Walter Reed Medical Center for a few minutes Sunday night to wave to gathered supporters from the presidential SUV.

Experimental Antibody Cocktail, Steroids: What We Know About Trump’s Treatment

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The army of doctors treating Donald Trump have taken an aggressive approach, giving the president Regeneron’s experimental coronavirus antibody cocktail and dexamethasone, a steroid primarily given to patients with severe cases of the disease. He has received supplemental oxygen, as well, according to Dr. Sean Conley.

An Unexpected Non-Perishable: Signed Trump Letter Inside Food-Aid Boxes

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The letters are sparking outrage among advocates, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is removing the letters. Other health news about the Trump administration is on visitors at federal prisons; the Navy SEAL ethos; and checking the facts on President Donald Trump’s COVID program for those who are uninsured.

Feds Charge 345 People With Health Care Fraud

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The medical professionals are accused of submitting a total of $6 billion in bad claims for telehealth and substance abuse treatment, among other services. Also in the news: Clear View Behavioral Health in Colorado will lose its license; Anthem settles a cyberattack case; and hospitals are warned about Ryuk ransomware.

Drugmakers Jacked Up Prices To Inflate Profits, House Probe Finds

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Democrats on the House Oversight Committee began releasing two investigation reports that cite internal company documents on the day the CEOs of Teva, Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb testified before the panel. Amgen, Mallinckrodt and Novartis executives are scheduled to appear Thursday.