Late Friday afternoon, reports start to blow up that someone in the White House had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Later that day, the office of Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the reports were true and that one of Pence’s staffers had tested positive for the virus.
Katie Miller, Mike Pence’s Press Secretary, revealed on Friday that “we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus. Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual.”
The White House has not disclosed the identity of the staffer, however, several members of Pence’s staff are going to self-quarantine as a safety precaution.
Additionally, on Saturday, Pence confirmed that both he and his wife will take a coronavirus test even though neither are currently experiencing symptoms.
“While the White House doctor has indicated that he has no reason to believe that I was exposed and no need to be tested, given the unique position that I have as vice president and as the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” Pence told reporters on Saturday afternoon.
Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short said on Saturday that the unidentified staffer has “mild symptoms” and is “doing well.”
“I’ve talked to him last night several times. He basically had a couple days of cold-like symptoms, he tested positive Thursday night. He was not in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,” Short told Fox News.
Continuing protective measures
The U.S. is a week into strict precautionary measures attempting to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Though the number of infections has spiked in recent days, there is significantly higher testing capacity than a week ago, so this upward curve will probably continue for another week or so.
The good news is that as of Saturday, relatively speaking, there were still very few deaths. As of 4:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, there were 24,786 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 290 deaths.
Of those confirmed cases, there were only 64 cases that were reported as critical. While the doomsayer mainstream media is reporting a worst-case scenario, our current death rate is an encouragingly low 1.17 percent.
We will get through this and even though it is difficult right now, the measures being taken are the reason these numbers are still relatively low and, hopefully, the reason they will stay that way.