CNN: Pandemic inauguration could cut the choir, standing-room-only parties and maybe the historic lunch

CNN: Pandemic inauguration could cut the choir, standing-room-only parties and maybe the historic lunch. “Construction of the parade platform for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration festivities is well underway. The viewing stand and bleachers are almost complete and each day they get closer to being done — all within Trump’s view — as it becomes clearer his days in the White House are coming to a close. Despite the uncertainty of the coronavirus and Trump’s waning attempts to overturn the election, the structure is a growing reminder of the transition now in motion. Whatever else must change to accommodate the pandemic, people are getting ready for Biden’s inauguration come January, which will likely reflect the President-elect’s cautious, science-driven approach to the pandemic.”

STAT News: Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump’s campaign rallies

STAT News: Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump’s campaign rallies. “As the death toll of Covid-19 heads toward 220,000 in the United States alone, more deaths than in any other country in the world, the president, who is currently convalescing from Covid-19 himself, has spent the past several months crisscrossing a pandemic-ravaged country in his bid for reelection. The crowds he draws are fertile breeding grounds for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, followed by community outbreaks.”

MPR News: COVID-19 cases tied to MN campaign events — but full impact is unclear

MPR News: COVID-19 cases tied to MN campaign events — but full impact is unclear. “Public health officials worried these events might cause a delayed spike in COVID-19 cases. Typically, they start to see positive cases 5 to 7 days after the date of infection. And it can take weeks to understand the full impact of an event that sparks a COVID-19 outbreak. Now it has been weeks — and some infections have been traced back to the rallies and a smaller campaign visit by Trump’s presidential rival, Joe Biden — but the numbers for each of the events fall far short of what health officials initially feared.”

NBC News: Trump’s ‘reckless’ New Jersey fundraiser is under state review

NBC News: Trump’s ‘reckless’ New Jersey fundraiser is under state review. “In the hours after a top aide tested positive for COVID-19 last week, President Donald Trump ignored federal health guidelines to quarantine and instead attended a fundraiser in New Jersey, where he spoke — without a mask — to more than 200 supporters. The event, at Trump’s golf course in the tony town of Bedminster, is now being investigated by state officials looking into whether it violated New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.”

Politico: Nine coronavirus cases tied to Trump Minnesota rally

Politico: Nine coronavirus cases tied to Trump Minnesota rally. “Nine people who have contracted the coronavirus reported attending a Donald Trump rally in Bemidji, Minn., last month, state health officials said Friday, including two who were hospitalized. One of them remains in an intensive care unit.”

Tweeting About Trump, Searching for Biden: Online Activity Shows Contrast between the Candidates (New York University)

New York University: Tweeting About Trump, Searching for Biden: Online Activity Shows Contrast between the Candidates. “President Trump was the focus of a higher number of tweets while former Vice President Joseph Biden was the subject of a greater number of Google searches, shows a new analysis of online activity leading up to, during, and immediately after last week’s presidential debate.”

Washington Post: Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate

Washington Post: Pence, Harris teams at odds over plexiglass at debate. “Vice President Pence is requesting that no plexiglass dividers be placed on his side of the stage at Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate, after an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates that dividers had been agreed to as a safety measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Marc Short, the vice president’s chief of staff, said the vice president’s team does not view plexiglass dividers as medically necessary, given other safety measures at the debate, including a 12-foot distance between Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and daily testing of both candidates.”

New York Times: It’s Time for the Debates to Go Remote

New York Times: It’s Time for the Debates to Go Remote. “After the first presidential debate, it looked as if the big question looming over the next one would be whether anyone could do anything to keep President Trump from constantly interrupting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. A week later, we’re wondering if it’s possible to hold a debate without creating a biohazard.”

WKYC: City of Cleveland announces 11 positive cases of COVID-19 stemming from preparations for presidential debate

WKYC: City of Cleveland announces 11 positive cases of COVID-19 stemming from preparations for presidential debate. “With the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Cleveland has issued a statement after the pair were among those in town for Tuesday’s presidential debate. According to the city, 11 positive cases of COVID-19 have stemmed from ‘pre-debate planning and set-up.’ The city adds that the majority of those 11 cases have occurred among out of state residents. No city residents appear to have contracted coronavirus as a result of the debate, but that could still change. ”

Chris Wallace: Trump Arrived at Debate Too Late for COVID-19 Test (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: Chris Wallace: Trump Arrived at Debate Too Late for COVID-19 Test. “President Donald Trump arrived too late in Cleveland on Tuesday to get a COVID-19 test ahead of the debate, according to Chris Wallace, the event’s moderator. Instead, the Fox News star revealed, there was an ‘honor system’ for the two campaigns to have arrived having already tested negative.”

CNN: Trump campaign adviser says rally protocols won’t change after President’s coronavirus diagnosis

CNN: Trump campaign adviser says rally protocols won’t change after President’s coronavirus diagnosis. “A senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign said Sunday there won’t be any additional safety protocols for upcoming rallies following the President’s hospitalization after contracting Covid-19.”

New York Times: The Busy Week When the President Met the Virus

New York Times: The Busy Week When the President Met the Virus. “It is not clear exactly when Mr. Trump was infected or by whom, and the White House remained secretive about the circumstances on Friday, declining to provide any account of who made the decision for the president to go to New Jersey or of how Ms. Hicks’s illness was handled on Wednesday and Thursday. But by day’s end, there was little doubt that the virus had been circulating in proximity to Mr. Trump for the past week, even as he disparaged mask wearing and campaigned in person in front of crowds that were not socially distanced.”