Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary, White House has been diagnosed with coronavirus, she announced via her Twitter handle on Monday, making her latest White House senior official to have contracted the virus.
President Donald Trump, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, is yet to be discharged from the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
In a press meet at the White House on Sunday, McEnany interacted with the media without a face mask.
The coronavirus can take around a week or two to incubate. The other officials at White House who’ve tested positive for the virus in the past couple of days include Trump bodyguard Nick Luna, White House counselor Hope Hicks and other high profile figures in Trump’s circle.
Beyond other concerns related to health from possible exposure of the media reporters to McEnany, her positive report is likely going to send a few reporters into quarantine. Three journalists for the White House have tested positive for the virus on Friday.
The White House Correspondents Association has said that they are awaiting the test results of a few White House journalists. Meanwhile, the association encourages its embers to continue abiding by the CDC guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing, especially when in White House, and have urged the journalists to undergo testing in case of potential exposure.