Coronavirus outbreak concerns hit White House after two staffers test positive
Three top U.S. health officials will begin to quarantine after being exposed to two administration staff members who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Press secretary to the vice president, Katie Miller, was one of the two who tested positive for the virus. The vice president will not go into self-quarantine, according to Devin O’Malley, a spokesperson for Pence.
“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” O’Malley said in a statement to CNN.
One of President Trump’s personal valets was the second staff member testing positive for the virus.
NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield, and FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn are among the three top officials to sequester for two weeks. All three doctors, who are scheduled to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, now plan to attend remotely, according to The New York Times.
New mitigation efforts have been implemented in the West Wing to stem the spread of the virus, according to Business Insider.
Daily tests will be conducted for more than a dozen senior officials working closely with the president. Rapid result testing will now be conducted daily for both the president and vice president, and secret service members will begin wearing face masks around the president and in the Oval Office, reported ABC News.
“Any meetings the president goes to, people will maintain maximum social distancing measures,” an administration official told ABC News.
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