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Press Secretary McEnany Tests Positive for COVID-19

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19 USA Today reported.  McEnany revealed the diagnosis via Twitter on Monday morning.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany tweeted.  “As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”

McEnany also revealed via Twitter that “No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit,” as reported by Fox News.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday, hours after the announcement that the First Couple had tested positive for COVID-19.

Since then, former New Jersey Governor and Trump adviser Chris Christie and former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway have also tested positive for the virus.  Christie was admitted to the hospital over the weekend as a precaution.

The series of positive tests started last week with senior adviser Hope Hicks.  Director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien have also received positive test results.

McEnany said that the White House would not be releasing information on who and how many staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.  “There are privacy concerns,” McEnany said. “We take seriously safeguarding the information of personnel here in the White House.”

Concerning her decision to hold a press briefing after Hicks’ positive test, McEnany stated that “I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”

Three members of the White House press corps tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.  As reported by CBS News, the White House Correspondents Association issued a statement on Monday, saying in part, “We wish Kayleigh, the president and everyone else struggling with the virus a swift recovery. As of this moment we are not aware of additional cases among White House journalists, though we know some are awaiting test results. We strongly encourage our members to continue following CDC guidance on mask-wearing and distancing — especially when at the White House — and urge journalists to seek testing if they were potentially exposed.”

The President is expected to be released from Walter Reed Medical Center late Monday afternoon, barring any complications.

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