A staffer in Vice President Mike Pence’s office has tested positive for coronavirus, Pence’s spokeswoman announced on Friday.
“This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, said in a statement.
“Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual. Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines,” Miller added.
WH staffer in the Office of the VP has tested positive for Coronavirus. @VPPressSec says neither @POTUS nor the @VP had close contact with the person. But officials are tracing other staffers for possible contact, per CDC Guidelines.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 20, 2020
The staffer, who was not immediately identified on Friday evening, adds to the growing list of White House and congressional personnel who have tested positive for the virus.
President Donald Trump tested negative for the virus, his physician announced last Friday.
Pence said earlier this week that he had not been tested, reports Politico.
Several members of Congress have closed their Washington offices or gone into self-quarantine following positive diagnoses of the virus among staff members. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Ben McAdams (D-Utah) were the first two members to test positive, on Wednesday.
Politico notes: “Several members of the president’s immediate circle were potentially exposed to the virus last week at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where the White House hosted a delegation from Brazil, including President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro tested negative for the virus, but some of his aides have since tested positive — including one who was seated with Trump at a dinner at the resort.”