The first family appears to have had yet another close brush with the coronavirus.
According to a source familiar with the situation, President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump is the latest to be affected — her personal assistant tested positive for the virus this week.
While the unnamed individual would have ordinarily been in close contact with Ivanka Trump, reports indicate the personal assistant had been working from home in recent weeks.
Two more cases hit the White House
As for Ivanka Trump and her husband, Trump administration adviser Jared Kushner, both reportedly tested negative for the virus on Friday.
Although there is apparently no cause for concern within the White House based on this diagnosis, it marks the third time this week that someone close to the Trump administration has received a positive test result.
The pandemic reached the Oval Office when the president’s valet reportedly learned he had contracted the virus.
Days later, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive after having reportedly been traveling alongside Pence.
The president addressed this development in a statement calling the Pence staffer, Katie Miller, a “wonderful young woman” with whom he had not been in close proximity.
Trump and Pence still virus-free
“She hasn’t come into contact with me,” Trump said. “She’s spent some time with the vice president.”
Trump and Pence appear to be virus-free and both men are reportedly undergoing daily rapid-result testing.
Though he said he does not recall having any direct contact with the Navy valet, Trump said in a Fox News Channel interview on Friday that the two men had been near each other earlier in the week.
“On Tuesday, he was in the room,” the president said, going on to confirm that both he and Pence have been subsequently tested and found to be free of the virus.
Recent news shows that even the most stringent safety measures cannot defend against all exposure to this insidious pandemic. While some critics choose to use this crisis as an opportunity to place blame and pursue partisan grudges, most Americans are wishing a speedy recovery to those in the White House and around the world currently battling this virus.