Two White House Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

( Two employees in the White House have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days, forcing many of the government’s top officials to self quarantine while the Trump administration works to eradicate the outbreak.
The two employees who tested positive for coronavirus have forced the White House to increase safety and protection measures. The administration has asked more employees to work from home, has increased the use of masks and has increased screening procedures for people who enter the White House complex.
Three top officials of the Trump administration have self-quarantined because of their recent interaction with the employees who tested positive. This includes Katie Miller, spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, and one of President Donald Trump’s personal valets.
For now, others who came into contact with Miller as well as the valet are coming in to work at the White House.
Kevin Hassett, an economic adviser to Trump, said on CBS on Sunday:
“It is scary to go to work. I think that I’d be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing. It’s a small, crowded place. It’s, you know, it’s a little bit risky. But you have to do it because you have to serve your country.”
Despite Miller being so close to Pence, the vice president announced he would not self-quarantine or change his daily routine. Another one of his spokesman, Devin O’Malley, said on Sunday that Pence “has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.”
While a coronavirus outbreak in the White House is indeed a scary proposition, the one advantage the president and others who report to work there have is access to testing. Unlike at businesses around the country, the White House can constantly screen people for symptoms and test people for the virus.
According to officials, all employees at the White House are being tested on a weekly basis. Some of the top aides who interact with Trump on a regular basis are even being tested daily.
“To get in with the president, you have to test negative,” Hassett said.
As of right now, some senior officials in the administration say there are no plans to keep Trump and Pence separated from each other out of concern that they could both be impacted by coronavirus at the same time, according to a New York Times report.
Three members of the White House coronavirus task force are also self-quarantining as a result of coming into contact with the infected members of the White House staff. That includes the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent, Dr. Robert Redfield; the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Stephen Hahn; and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
All three of these top officials and advisers are still set to appear Tuesday at a scheduled hearing on the coronavirus response and the efforts to re-open the economy, but they will do it via videoconference.