Mark Meadows, other White House officials, test positive for coronavirus

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has become the latest Trump administration member to test positive for COVID-19, Fox News reported Friday.

According to Bloomberg, “at least four other White House officials have been infected.” Among them are Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Meadows, and Nick Trainer, an aide to the Trump campaign.

CNN was the first outlet to report this story, citing “senior administration officials.” Since then, other outlets claim to have confirmed this story but still have only cited unnamed senior administration officials. Meadows, as of Saturday morning, has not spoken on the subject.

Fox News, too, cited an unnamed “White House official” as its source, and, according to this individual, Meadows tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The coronavirus and the White House

Over the last month, a number of individuals in the White House have come down with the coronavirus, including, of course, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

The first couple contracted the illness in early October and quickly recovered.

Other members of the White House who tested positive are White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, senior adviser Hope Hicks, and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna.

The media speculated that the cause of that particular outbreak was the Supreme Court nomination event that was held at the Rose Garden in Late September for now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien attended that event and also tested positive.

Then, in late October, a number of individuals close to Vice President Mike Pence came down with COVID-19. These include Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, Marty Obst, an outside political adviser for Pence, and three other staff members, Fox News reported.

The bigger picture

The coronavirus has taken a back seat in recent days as America is focused on the presidential election. The coronavirus has not disappeared though.

The United States is witnessing another outbreak of cases, which has brought the country’s totals up to 9.7 million confirmed cases and over 230,000 deaths, BBC reported.

Just before the weekend, a single-day record was set with 127,000 reported cases and 1,149 deaths over a 24-hour period.

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