November 2, 2021

Around the nation: White House press secretary tests positive for the coronavirus

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    White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Sunday she tested positive for the coronavirus after members of her family contracted the virus early last week, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia and New York.

    • District of Columbia: White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus and "thanks to the vaccine," has experienced only "mild symptoms." After members of her family tested positive for the coronavirus early last week, Psaki quarantined and received several negative tests before testing positive on Sunday. According to Psaki, she hasn't been in "close contact in person with the president or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday." Psaki has been able to work from home while quarantined and plans to return to work 10 days after receiving a negative test. (Rogers, New York Times, 11/1)
    • District of Columbia: Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday received her third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine after receiving her first dose Dec. 29 and her second Jan. 26. According to the White House, Harris qualified for a booster shot because of her job duties. Harris urged Americans to get the vaccine so everyone can "get through and beyond" the pandemic. "I got the booster shot, and I want to encourage everyone to do the same when you are eligible," Harris said after she received her booster shot. "And as we have said from the beginning, the vaccines are free, they're safe and they will save your life." (Frazier, Axios, 10/30)
    • New York: According to a report by the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY), over 21% of first-year medical students at the state's 17 public and private medical schools come from groups that are underrepresented in medicine—the highest percentage of diverse students ever reported in New York. Medical students who identify as "American Indian or Alaskan native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or a combination" are included in the statistic. "Twenty percent is worth celebrating, as long as we acknowledge that we have a way to go," said Jo Wiederhorn, president and CEO of AMSNY. "Diversity in medicine is important because we know patients have better health outcomes when they see doctors from their own background." (Kaufman, Modern Healthcare, 10/29)

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