The COVID-19 outbreak at the White House keeps growing as press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for the virus, making her the latest person in President Trump’s orbit to be infected.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms. No reporters, producers or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit,” she said in a statement.
She added: “As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.”
McEnany is the latest person close to Trump to test positive for COVID-19. Trump himself tested positive late Thursday and has been undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday.
The White House Correspondents’ Association in a statement wished McEnany and others infected with the virus a “swift recovery” while encouraging journalists to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and seek a test if they could have been exposed.