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White House Press Secretary Psaki Says She Has COVID-19

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FILE - White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. On Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, Psaki said she'd contracted COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday she has contracted COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Psaki, 42, said she was last in contact with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, when she met him in the White House, where they were more than 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Biden, who is tested frequently, last tested negative on Saturday, according to the White House.

Psaki did not accompany Biden on his trip abroad to Rome this weekend for the Group of 20 summit and Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday for a U.N. climate summit.

Psaki had planned to travel with the president but scrapped the trip just as he was set to depart for Europe after learning that members of her household had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” Psaki said in a statement. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”

Psaki, who is fully vaccinated, said she is only exhibiting mild symptoms.

“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki said.

White House staff and others traveling with the president have been undergoing daily tests for COVID-19 since before departing Washington and are all fully vaccinated. Many officials have also received booster shots, due to the close-quarters environment and frequent travel associated with their work.

Biden got his COVID-19 booster on Sept 27, shortly after federal regulators approved the third dose for many Americans.

Biden has been accompanied on the trip by principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Psaki said she would return to work in person at the conclusion of a 10-day quarantine and following a negative rapid test.

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VIDEO: Dr. Krishna Tewari on COVID-19, its Permanent Impact on Medicine, Medical Policy and His Network

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Dr. Krishna Tewari talks with FNN Politics & Power Series host Mellissa Thomas during an interview on the show April 28, 2022. Image: Florida National News (screen capture).

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN) – In this week’s episode of the FNN Politics & Power Series, Dr. Krishna Tewari, hospitalist and CEO of Inpatient Specialists Group, LLC, spoke with Mellissa about his network of fellow hospitalists, the COVID-19 pandemic and its permanent impact on medical innovation, the impact of Tampa’s growing population on his business, and more.

Catch new episodes of the FNN Politics & Power Series every Thursday at 1pm ET on Facebook (@Florida National News or @FNN News TV) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/c/floridanationalnews).

 

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Dr. Raul Pino Appointed Orange County Health Director

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FILE - Dr. Raul Pino shares data on Orange County's COVID-19 cases during Orange County Mayor Jerry Deming's COVID-19 press update on August 5, 2021. File photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Mayor Jerry L. Demings has appointed Dr. Raul Pino as the next Orange County Director of Health Services.

“Dr. Pino is a revered public health expert in Orange County,” said Mayor Demings. “He has an exceptional reputation amongst our citizens, as well as the professional medical community in Central Florida.”

Dr. Pino served as the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health in Orange County for the past three years. From March 2020, Pino worked side-by-side with Mayor Demings through 166 COVID-19 news conferences.

As the Director of the Health Services Department, Dr. Pino will oversee all strategic, operational and fiscal responsibilities of the department. This includes the oversight of the county’s Corrections Health Services, Drug-Free Office, Orange County Medical Clinic, Animal Services and Mosquito Control Division, as well as any response to unique public health matters affecting county residents.

“Dr. Pino has a rich history in working with our Health Services Department to meet the needs of our community,” said Mayor Demings. “During these most recent years, Dr. Pino’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of our public health initiatives, including our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Pino’s educational background includes a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Instituto Superior de Ciencicias Medicas de la Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Prior to coming to the state of Florida in 2019, Dr. Pino served as the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Health from 2015-2019.

“He has proven himself as an asset to our public health efforts and will continue to provide valuable leadership to our community in his new role with Orange County,” added the Mayor.

Dr. Pino’s appointment will be effective April 26, 2022, upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners. His first day as Health Services Director will be May 2, 2022.

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Orlando International Airport Ends Mask Mandate

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Travelers wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 wait in line at the American Airlines ticket counter at Orlando International Airport. Photo: FOX 5.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Following a Federal Court decision and updated directives from the Transportation Security Administration, the wearing of facial coverings will no longer be mandated at Orlando International Airport.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which runs OIA, released the following statement:

“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority will continue to remain vigilant in its efforts to promote a safe, secure and sanitized environment for its guests through the enhanced cleaning methods we’ve enacted over the course of the pandemic. However, the signage and messaging throughout the airport campus will be removed to support the current enforcement climate.

“The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings as a preventative measure against COVID-19. Each individual can proceed to wear a face mask if they feel it is important for their health and the health of their family. We can expect that some of our industry partners may require a mask be worn in our airports and we need to respect that decision as well.”

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