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4-year-old son Barron tested positive for COVID-19 after an initial negative test.

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Barron Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 has become part of his father’s drive to physically reopen schools.

“It happens,” President Donald Trump told a crowd at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, about his 14-year-old son, who tested positive for the coronavirus. “People have it and it works. Bring the kids back to school. We have to get them back to school.”

A White House virus outbreak that infected the President, First Lady Melania Trump and other White House insiders has raised concerns that thousands may have been exposed to COVID-19 through Trump’s inner circle.

Trump has repeatedly tried to minimize the impact of the outbreak and the virus itself. On Monday, Trump turned his first campaign rally since the conclusion of COVID-19 into a defiant defense of his handling of the pandemic that killed 215,000 Americans.

Of Barron Trump, who tested positive for the coronavirus, the president also said, “I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off 99.9 percent . And Barron is beautiful, and he’s free, free. “

Melania Trump said Wednesday that 14-year-old Barron Trump tested positive for COVID-19 after an initial negative test, but is now negative.

“My fear came true when it was tested again and it came back positive,” she said. “Fortunately, he’s a tough teenager and he didn’t show any symptoms. In some ways, I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of each other and spend time together. He’s tested negative since then.”

While children are at lower risk of serious COVID-19 complications, growing evidence shows they are not immune and can play a role in spreading it in the community.

The process of school reopening has become a national hotspot, with some teachers’ unions among the most vocal critics of Trump’s drive to reopen schools.

In Florida, many teachers and families feared a spike in COVID-19 cases when the state took the controversial move to reopen schools with face-to-face tuition in August.

However, an analysis by USA TODAY shows that the state’s positive case numbers in children ages 5 to 17 declined by late September from a peak in July. Among the counties that are increasing overall, college-age adults – not school children – are driving the trend, the analysis found.

Initial results in Florida show the success of rigorous mask wear, social distancing, contact isolation, and quick contact tracing when necessary, health experts say.

Featuring: Joshua Bote, Jessica Flores, Andrea Mandell, Jayme Fraser, Mike Stucka, Emily Bloch, Rachel Fradette, Sommer Brugal, and Adrianna Rodriguez;; The Associated Press

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