TO UPDATE: Ex-NJ Governor Chris Christie prescribed the drug Trump had prescribed for COVID-19
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stayed in the hospital for a seventh day on Friday while being treated for COVID-19 – and it’s been almost as long since he received a public update on how he is doing .
Both Christie’s exact condition and the course of treatment are unknown. The 58-year-old has not tweeted since Saturday, the day he announced he had checked into Morristown Medical Center. And doctors, family and friends have not made any public announcements about how the former presidential candidate is doing.
A source familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that the 58-year-old was in a good mood, was being well cared for and had no ventilator.
Multiple sources said there were no changes as of Friday afternoon.
“He’s a fighter, there’s no doubt about that,” Murphy said. “He is the epitome of the Jersey fighter. We are all with him in thoughts, prayers and we are here to do everything we can for him. “
Christie’s stay is longer than the average COVID-19 hospital stay. According to an analysis of 52 studies published in BMC Medicine last month, the median length of hospital stays for coronavirus patients outside of China is five days.
But Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, told NJ Advance Media that a seven- to nine-day hospitalization “doesn’t surprise me at all with this disease.”
Christie announced last Saturday morning that he tested positive for the coronavirus – the day after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they had tested positive. Since then, more than a dozen aides and officials in Trump’s orbit have also tested positive. But Christie is the only one known to have been hospitalized.
Christie – who is struggling with his weight and has a long history of asthma – tweeted last Saturday night that he checked into the hospital on Saturday as a precautionary measure despite being “feeling good” and only having “mild symptoms”. Because of its conditions, Mendham residents are at greater risk of developing complications from the virus.
In addition to being its local hospital, Morristown Medical Center is one of the highest rated health facilities in the state and country.
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In the week leading up to his positive test, Christie helped Trump prepare for the first presidential debate for four days, often in a room with five or six people where no one was wearing masks. Christie – a longtime Trump friend, ally, and Republican – also attended the now infamous Rose Garden ceremony, at which Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court.
At least 20 other people at the Rose Garden event on September 28 have tested positive since then, including New Jersey-based Kellyanne Conway, a former adviser to the president, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager. Masks and social distancing were largely ignored at the ceremony, now feared to be a super-spreader event.
Trump announced that he tested positive Thursday night and was rushed to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland last Friday. He returned to the White House on Monday night after three days in the hospital and posted a video saying he felt better than he had in 20 years and warned people not to let the virus “dominate their lives”.
Trump said Thursday night that he would hold a public rally in Florida on Saturday. Instead, he is planning a meeting at the White House where supporters will be addressed from a balcony a little over three weeks before election day.
The U.S. has suffered more than 211,000 coronavirus deaths since the outbreak began earlier this year. New Jersey has lost more than 16,000 residents.
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