Bill Barr says he will self-isolate amid spree of positive tests in the Trump administration

Under intense media scrutiny, Attorney General Bill Barr reversed his decision to not quarantine after testing negative for Covid-19.

Despite numerous negative tests since he was possibly exposed, Barr gave notice Sunday that he is self-quarantining for “several days,” Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec told the AP.

Kupec said that Barr would likely be back in the office on Wednesday and “routinely wears masks and takes a variety of precautions” at work, the New York Times reported.

Barr’s potential exposure occurred at the Rose Garden event on September 26 where President Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, according to The Hill. According to Kupec, Barr has not met with Trump since then.

Both President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have since tested positive, alongside Senior Counselor Hope Hicks whose positive test was the first to be announced last week.

At least eight individuals who were at Barrett’s nomination have tested positive as of today, including Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie.

Playing it safe

Everyone who attended Judge Barrett’s nomination ceremony should be playing it safe after the positive tests that have come in the following days.

On Monday morning, news broke that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for coronavirus after testing negative every day since Thursday.

With McEnany’s positive test, Barr is doing the right thing to play it safe even after testing negative on numerous occasions. However, staying home for long will be difficult as Barr’s duties are numerous and he is itching to get back to work with the election just a month away.

Crisis far from resolved

President Trump was hospitalized for treatment on Friday afternoon after reportedly running a fever and suffering low oxygen levels. However, he continued to work while at Walter Reed Medical Center, the White House said, and released several videos while staying there.

On Monday morning, he announced that he would be returning to the White House, saying, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!,” Trump tweeted, adding, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

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