The country was shocked to learn over the weekend that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Many expected Vice President Pence to immediately go into self-quarantine following the news, but The Washington Times reports that will not be the case: Pence is expected to be at the White House as usual this week, according to a statement from the vice president’s office.
No quarantine for Pence
After Miller tested positive, many assumed that, due to her daily contact with Vice President Pence as his top spokeswoman, Pence himself would go into quarantine. That, however, was not the case.
After Miller tested positive, an Air Force Two flight to Iowa was delayed while several staffers were removed that had been in contact with Miller — but not the vice president.
Now, numerous reports, including from the Times, have revealed that Pence will not be self-quarantining.
His office has stated that he has been in contact with the White House Medical Unit and is following its advice in terms of whether or not he should be in quarantine.
Spokesperson Devin O’Malley further stated that “Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” the Times noted.
From Washington, D.C. to Washington state
Even though Pence is not quarantining, sources inside the White House seem to be in a bit of a panic over Miller’s diagnosis.
This, of course, is happening just as President Donald Trump is trying to get governors across the country to begin lifting restrictions to get the economy reopened.
Initially, there was a widespread belief that COVID-19 would dissipate as the weather turned warmer, as is typical with the usual flu bug. But while the numbers have decreased, we are still seeing about 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day and roughly 1,000 deaths per day related to the coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Meanwhile, all eyes remain on states like Florida, Texas, and Georgia, which have already reopened, albeit with restrictive measures in place.
Collectively, the three states had roughly 2,800 new cases reported on Sunday, according to a Worldometer tracker, so some governors may use those numbers as proof we need to continue to delay reopening to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus. But only time will tell.