A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for COVID-19, however the vice president has said, that both he and his wife, have tested negative for the disease.
Pence announced during Saturday afternoon’s coronavirus press briefing that he and the second lady would be tested for the coronavirus, a day after they found out one of his staffers tested positive.
Hours later, Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tweeted, “Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President [Pence] and Second Lady [Karen Pence].”
During that briefing Pence also provided some more information about the staff member who had been stricken.
“I am pleased to report that he’s doing well. He had mild cold-like symptoms for about a day and a half, has not been to the White House since Monday. Neither the president nor I had direct contact with that staff person,” he explained.
“We’ve done all contact tracing, and all the White House doctors indicated that he has no reason to believe that I was exposed and no need to be tested, given the unique position that I have as vice president and as the leader of the White House coronavirus task force,” Pence added. “Both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon.”
Later in the briefing, President Trump revealed that he was recently tested for the virus a second time despite saying that he feels fine. He was first tested about a week ago, and a note from the White House physician said his results came back negative. His latest results have not yet been announced.