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White House physician Sean Conley released a statement Thursday evening that indicates President Donald Trump will be able to resume his campaign by Saturday, Oct. 10.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany posted the update on Twitter Thursday evening, with Conley's statement that said: "Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness. Overall he's responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of therapeutic effects. Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday's diagnosis, and based on trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagements at that time."
Conley included Trump's vitals, including a heart rate of 69 beats per minute, blood pressure of 127/81 mmHg, respiratory rate of 15-17 breaths per minute, and pulse oximetry of 96-98 percent room air.
The news comes as the Commission of Presidential Debates (CPD) announced a change to the debate schedule for Oct. 15, where Trump and Democratic nominee would be taking part in a virtual debate instead of being in person.
Trump has openly condemned the sudden change in the format, saying that "the commission changed the debate style and that's not acceptable to us," adding "I beat him [Biden] in the first debate, I beat him easily."
Trump continued: "I'm not going to do a virtual debate ... I'm not going to waste my time at a virtual debate." He suggested that the idea of sitting behind a computer in order to debate for the highest position in the land was "ridiculous."
"They're trying to protect Biden," the president side. "Everybody is."
Trump tested positive for the novel coronavirus late Thursday night, just hours after having traveled to New Jersey for a fundraiser. He was admitted into Walter Reed Medical Center the following day, where he was given an experimental antibody treatment, steroids, and other remedies in an effort to fight off the virus, according to WKBW Buffalo.
Trump's medical staff has come under significant scrutiny in the last week for being vague about the last time Trump tested negative for the coronavirus. Though it was believed that the president was being tested often for the virus, the White House refused to come down on a specific number of times he was tested leading up to the positive diagnosis.
It is unclear if the CPD will switch back to an in-person format for the debate set to take place in just under a week.