White House reporter tests positive for COVID-19
A reporter who attended White House briefings this week has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the White House Correspondents’ Association confirmed on Thursday, raising further concerns about the health of staff and journalists working in the building.
Iran Press/ America: The individual, who wore a mask during press conferences with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday and Wednesday, has no symptoms and spent no additional time at the White House this week, the group said, adding that it was contacting individuals who had been in close contact with the person, according to Reuters.
The news comes as President Donald Trump has resumed a robust travel and events schedule despite concerns that he is exposing himself, his staff, and others to a greater risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease.
Nine of Trump’s campaign staffers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month for his first rally since the pandemic began tested positive for coronavirus. Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, and one of Trump’s personal valets were also diagnosed with the disease in May.
Some measures have been taken to ensure greater safety during the news conferences, including allowing only a limited number of journalists to attend in order to increase spacing, as well as coronavirus testing and mandatory mask-wearing.
A suspected case of coronavirus within the White House press corps in March turned out to be negative.