WASHINGTON — Multiple White House staffers may have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reporters.
Reporters in the White House press pool received their routine COVID-19 test later than usual on Wednesday morning, reportedly because several employees had tested positive for the disease.
“The White House called the journalists from the pool 30 minutes late to get our routine covid test. I was told they were late because ‘It was a very busy morning. We had a couple of positives today,’” tweeted journalist Raquel Krähenbühl.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to comment during a briefing after the news broke.
Chief of staff Mark Meadows likewise told reporters he didn’t comment on any health related issues in the White House.
West Wing staffers and journalists in close proximity to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are tested on a daily basis to mitigate the risk of either executive being infected.
At least two White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19 in August, while Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien also quarantined at home in July after contracting the disease.
Trump’s personal valet and a White House cafeteria worker also tested positive earlier this year while the president accidentally let slip in May that Pence’s chief of staff Katie Miller had COVID-19.
Miller, who is expecting her first child with husband Steven Miller, Trump’s top speechwriter, was among the first people to test positive for the virus — setting off a mad scramble in the West Wing.
She has made a full recovery.
Sheriffs bust indoor Queens wedding with 200 people present
The Sheriff’s Office busted up a massive, social-distance-violating Queens wedding reception with a 200-plus person guest list Friday night, law enforcement sources said.
Dressed in gowns and suits, 246 people had poured into a loading dock on the side of the Elite Palace wedding venue for a night of drinking and partying.
Alcohol was served and no masks were worn, sources said.
New York City sheriff deputies swept in just before midnight to break up the soiree.
The owner was slapped with summonses for disobeying the city’s coronavirus orders, serving liquor without a license and not providing multiple points of entry, sources said.
The risky reception was held as the city warns of an alarming rise of coronavirus cases in swaths of Brooklyn and Queens, with health officials warning that reopening rollbacks could come in the areas if the transmission doesn’t drop in the coming days.
NYC firefighter rescues giant iguana from Astoria apartment fire
As fire rescues go, this one is both heart-warming and cold-blooded.
An FDNY firefighter emerged from an Astoria apartment fire Friday night with a very lucky giant iguana in his arms and a nearly-bigger grin across his soot-covered face.
The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. on the top floor of a three-story apartment building near the corner of 23rd Street and 25th Road, an FDNY spokesperson said.
A hero firefighter managed to locate and save the big, scaly pet even though the third floor — where it lived — was on fire, said photographer Chris Clarke, who snapped the photo.
“When he came out of the building, he had this big smile on face as he was talking the other firefighters,” Clarke said.
“At first I thought he was carrying a cat,” Clarke said.
“Then I realized that’s not a cat — it’s huge!”
The firefighter reunited the lizard with its relieved owner who as waiting outside, according to Clarke.
“They were clearly very happy to have the iguana,” the photographer said.
The fire was placed under control at 7: 10 p.m., according to the FDNY.
One firefighter was transported to Mount Sinai Queens hospital with minor injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Charges deferred for man arrested after delaying COVID treatment for toddler
The Bronx District Attorney is holding off on pursuing charges for a Bronx man who was arrested after he took three hours to get medical help for a dying, COVID-19-infected three-year-old.
Police had initially charged Anthony Richardson, 59, with endangering the welfare of a child after he turned up at a Queens hospital Thursday evening with toddler Jaylynn Evans, who he had been taking care of.
Jaylynn was unconscious upon her arrival at the hospital and was soon pronounced dead by doctors there.
The Bronx DA’s office declined to say why his prosecution was being deferred — only that he would remain uncharged pending a further investigation.
Richardson, a family acquaintance who was supervising as Jaylynn had a playdate at his Bronx apartment with his young daughter, had been captured on surveillance footage leaving the building with the stricken, seemingly unconscious girl in his arms at around 2 p.m.
He did not call 911 and did not reach Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Glen Oaks, Queens until around 5 p.m., sources said, even though the hospital was roughly 30 minutes away.
Richardson stopped at a bodega on the way, law enforcement sources said, but it was unclear what else may have happened to delay his trip.
Richardson, a friend of Jaylynn’s grandmother, picked up the girl Wednesday afternoon to take her to his home to play with his daughter, Jaylynn’s family told The Post.
“This poor girl didn’t have a chance, everyone failed her,” said a Bronx police officer.
Richardson, who sources say is on parole for robbery, gave no explanation for the apparent delay and declined to speak to cops further on the advice of counsel.
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