Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Friday morning

Trump and First Lady Melania catch COVID-19; Government to release jobs report; Hyundai names Fabian director of marketing comms; Amazon reveals employee COVID-19 stats; Kid photobombs MSNBC interview.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Friday morning

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted the coronavirus. The New York Post reports that the president tweeted the news early Friday; "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!." The First Lady tweeted that they both "are feeling good," and "Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together." In a Thursday memo, Trump's doctor said the couple "plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence." The two were already under quarantine Thursday after discovering that Trump's adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive. (Axios)

The Labor Department will release its September jobs report today and economists think it will report a gain of 850,000 jobs, the Associated Press reports. If true, it will be the third monthly slowdown in a row, following June's report of a 4.8 million job gain, July's of 1.7 million and the August report of 1.4 million.

Hyundai Motor America has appointed Kate Fabian as director of marketing communications. She is set to start in the role Monday and will report to Hyundai Motor America chief marketing officer Angela Zepeda. Fabian will oversee brand and multicultural marketing, media strategy, national and regional dealer advertising and experiential marketing, the automaker said in a statement.

On Thursday Amazon revealed that 1.44% of its workers — 19,000-plus people — have contracted COVID-19, CNBC reports. From the start of March 1 to Sept. 19, Amazon found 19,816 presumed or confirmed cases among its approximately 1.37 million Amazon and Whole Foods Market U.S. front-line staffers. Earlier in the pandemic, the company was pressured to reveal the numbers and employees critiqued Amazon for not protecting them well enough.

Who says COVID-19 news can't be fun? On Thursday, an MSNBC interview about the pandemic was delightfully interrupted when the grandson of guest Dr. Irwin Redlener jumped in and out of the shot. Anchor Nicolle Wallace quipped; "This is what remote learning looks like" while the pediatrician tried to hold it together as the child's antics played out on screen. "Oh boy," Redlener remarked. (New York Post)

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