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UPDATED: President Trump Headed to Walter Reed Medical Center 'Out of an Abundance of Caution'

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President Trump is expected to head to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., ostensibly for treatment related to the COVID-19 virus. The president announced on Thursday night that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus and were in isolation.

“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”

Update 6:46 p.m.: The president has arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center:

Earlier in the day, the Trump campaign had announced it was canceling all events involving the president.

Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to handle the only event on the president’s schedule today — a call on protecting vulnerable seniors from COVID-19. According to the White House, Trump is still in control and has not transferred power to the vice president.

Kayleigh McEnany released a statement from the president’s physician outlining his diagnosis and treatment.

“Following PRC-confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram does of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail,” said Sean P. Conley, physician to the president. “He completed the infusion without incident.” In addition, “the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.”

Conley said the president is fatigued but in good spirits. “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady.”

Melania Trump has a mild cough and headache, he said, but the rest of the first family tested negative for COVID-19 today.

 

Before departing for Walter Reed, the president recorded a message to the nation. Watch here.

This is a developing story.