According to the New York Post, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now in self-quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.
Dr. Robert Redfield was reportedly exposed to the coronavirus disease by an individual at the White House.
The situation was confirmed by a CDC spokesperson on Saturday.
“CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has been determined to have had a low-risk exposure on May 6 to a person at the White House who has COVID-19,” the spokesperson said, according to the New York Post.
Coronavirus in the White House
To this point, it remains unclear who Redfield came in contact with; however, two staffers close to the White House have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
One such individual is a valet for President Donald Trump. According to a Thursday report from the New York Post, the valet, who is said to be a member of the U.S. military, “is regularly in the West Wing and works as a personal assistant to Trump.” The individual reportedly started showing symptoms on Wednesday.
By Friday, it had been announced that Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s top spokeswoman, had also tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Politico.
The White House has maintained that both President Trump and Vice President Pence have tested negative for the disease to this point, according to the New York Post. The Hill reports that both men are being tested daily.
According to the CDC spokesperson, Dr. Redfield “is feeling fine, and has no symptoms,” despite the reported exposure. The individual added that the doctor “will be teleworking for the next two weeks,” the New York Post reported.
Still, the spokesperson said there is a plan in place should Redfield have to “go to the White House to fulfill any responsibilities as part of White House Coronavirus Task Force work.” If this does happen, there are guidelines that must be followed, however.
“Those guidelines call for Dr. Redfield and anyone working on the Task Force at the White House to have their temperature taken and screened for symptoms each day, wear a face covering, and distance themselves from others,” the CDC spokesperson explained, according to the New York Post.
Hopefully, these guidelines will help curb any further spread of COVID-19 in the West Wing.