WASHINGTON — Multiple White House staffers may have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reporters.
Reporters in the White House press pool received their routine COVID-19 test later than usual on Wednesday morning, reportedly because several employees had tested positive for the disease.
“The White House called the journalists from the pool 30 minutes late to get our routine covid test. I was told they were late because ‘It was a very busy morning. We had a couple of positives today,’” tweeted journalist Raquel Krähenbühl.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to comment during a briefing after the news broke.
Chief of staff Mark Meadows likewise told reporters he didn’t comment on any health related issues in the White House.
West Wing staffers and journalists in close proximity to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are tested on a daily basis to mitigate the risk of either executive being infected.
At least two White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19 in August, while Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien also quarantined at home in July after contracting the disease.
Trump’s personal valet and a White House cafeteria worker also tested positive earlier this year while the president accidentally let slip in May that Pence’s chief of staff Katie Miller had COVID-19.
Miller, who is expecting her first child with husband Steven Miller, Trump’s top speechwriter, was among the first people to test positive for the virus — setting off a mad scramble in the West Wing.
She has made a full recovery.