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Wife of Trump’s labor secretary, who was at Barrett Rose Garden event, tests positive for Covid

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Trish Scalia, the wife of President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, tested positive for Covid-19, the department said in a statement Tuesday night.

The agency said doctors performed the test this afternoon. She has “mild symptoms but doing well,” the statement said.

Secretary Scalia, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, tested negative on Friday night, according to the department. He has experienced no symptoms.

“The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them. For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda,” the agency said in the statement.

The secretary and his wife attended the Rose Garden ceremony earlier this month where Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice

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Garden centres struggle to source organic mulch and due to Covid lockdown supply chain issues

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Garden centres struggle to source organic mulch and bark chippings due to Covid lockdown supply chain issues

  • Lockdown supply chain problems and increased demand caused shortage 
  • Mulch is applied in spaces between plants and around base of shrubs and trees
  • Autumn is favoured as the ground is warm, meaning more heat and moisture

It is the time of year when those with green fingers think about mulching their shrubs before temperatures plummet and the first frosts arrive.

But lockdown supply chain problems and increased demand have resulted in a shortage of organic mulch products and bark chippings, garden centres have said.

Mulch should be applied in the spaces between plants and around the base of shrubs and trees to strengthen the soil and protect the roots.

It is the time

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Amy Coney Barrett Rose Garden Event Was a WH COVID Superspreader, New Data Suggests

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Shortly after judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination event at the White House’s Rose Garden, a number of those in attendance tested positive for COVID-19 and new data suggests that the event was a superspreader for the virus.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: U.S. President Donald Trump announces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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U.S. President Donald Trump announces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.

According to data, that was released on Tableau Public by Peter James Walker, at least 37 cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed within 12 days after Barrett’s nomination event on September 26. In an email sent to Newsweek, Walker explained that the data is all crowd-sourced from public information, such as “tweets from verified reporters, news articles in trusted outlets, etc.”

Walker also noted that the site has an online tip line for

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IKEA Shopping List During Covid: Work Desks and Kitchen Gear

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IKEA reported a drop in annual sales blaming store closures early in the coronavirus pandemic but said consumers have flocked to its stores since lockdowns lifted to buy desks, chairs and kitchens.

About 75% of the furniture retailer’s stores were closed for between seven to 10 weeks because of coronavirus lockdowns. That resulted in visits to IKEA stores falling nearly 16% for its fiscal year, and lower revenue from its restaurants, which typically make up about 5% of sales.

Overall, Ingka Group—the largest IKEA franchisee and operator—on Tuesday reported sales of €35.2 billion, equivalent to $41.5 billion, for the 12 months to Aug. 31, down from €36.7 billion a year earlier. It didn’t disclose profit figures.

Chief Executive Jesper Brodin said in an interview that consumption trends around the world had been similar through the pandemic. Early on, shoppers bought desks, office chairs and cooking equipment. Interest then moved toward

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Rose Garden COVID ‘superspreader’ at White House drew hundreds

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More than 200 people attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The festive function – which drew high-profile public officials, religious leaders and other dignitaries – has since been called a likely coronavirus “superspreader” after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19.

Among attendees testing positive are Trump and first lady Melania Trump; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins; pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie; and freelance photographer Al Drago.

USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form.

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Dallas-area Pastor Jack Graham opts not to follow CDC guidelines in wake of Rose Garden COVID exposure

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Updated Oct. 5 at 8:15 p.m. to include additional information.

WASHINGTON — Dallas-area megachurch Pastor Jack Graham has declined to follow medical guidelines despite being in close contact with people who have since tested positive for the coronavirus after a Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony, telling his congregation, “I am ridiculously healthy.”

The 70-year-old leader of Prestonwood Baptist Church attended the ceremony at the White House where President Donald Trump formally announced his nomination of conservative Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Since the event, at least 10 attendees have tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was photographed sitting directly behind Graham. Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., was sitting next to Graham and also later tested positive.

Graham, Laurie and Christie were among the vast majority of people not wearing a mask at the

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White House Rose Garden Event Was Ground Zero for COVID Super-spreader

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White House Rose Garden Event Likely Grounds For COVID Super Spread: Report

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The Rose Garden event where Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee could be responsible for COVID-19 super spreading.

It looks like the very event Donald Trump insisted on hosting to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court was where everyone caught coronavirus. According to TMZ, the White House Rose Garden event held last week was “ground zero” for a coronavirus super spreader.

It was recently reported that Donald Trump was brought to the hospital after he and Melania tested positive for COVID-19. Several others, including Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tillis, Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks, and Univ. of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, all tested positive, as well. The thing is, all of them also attended the Rose Garden event where Trump nominated ACB for Supreme Court. And as witnessed during the televised event, there was little mask-wearing or social distancing.

The problem that this presents for

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How did Trump get COVID and who has he infected?

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

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Since this week’s back-to-back announcements that President Donald Trump and his adviser Hope Hicks have tested positive for coronavirus, at least 10 other people who were in close contact with them have shared similar results.

At least six of them attended a White House event Saturday at which Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. They include first lady Melania Trump, former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, the Rev. John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame University, and a White House reporter.

Barrett had tested positive for COVID this summer and has since recovered. 

Videos and photos of that event, which was held outside in the Rose Garden, show more

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At Least 7 Who Attended Rose Garden Event Have COVID

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Contact tracing for the Trumpworld COVID-19 outbreak is still in the early stages, but seven of those who have tested positive were at a packed event in the White House Rose Garden last weekend.



Mike Lee et al. standing in front of a crowd: Chip Somodevilla/Getty


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Most in the crowd—invited to see President Trump nominate Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court—were not wearing masks even though chairs were placed close together.

Photos showed guests milling around and chatting with no regard for the federal government’s own social distancing guidelines. Sen. Mike Lee, who later tested positive, was caught on video hugging and kissing guests.

While the ceremony was outside—which can help limit the spread of the virus when proper social distancing is in effect—there were also smaller, mask-free gatherings indoors.



Kellyanne Conway et al. looking at the camera: Attorney General William Barr speaks with Kellyanne Conway at the ceremony where President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court. Olivier Douliery/Getty


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Attorney General William Barr speaks with Kellyanne Conway at the ceremony where President Donald Trump nominated Judge

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