HUD Secretary Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

Another top member of President Donald Trump’s administration has contracted the coronavirus.

Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), confirmed Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to Carson’s deputy chief of staff, the secretary was “in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” Just the News reported.

Carson thankful for support

In a post to Twitter on Monday afternoon from his personal account, Sec. Carson shared a picture of himself working on HUD’s response to homelessness in America from, presumably, a home office.

He wrote, “We are so touched by the outpouring of concern and prayers after the news came out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully I have access to a very powerful therapeutic, so I was only sick for a very short period of time. God is good!”

Symptoms appeared over weekend

The neurosurgeon turned cabinet official spoke to The Washington Post on Monday in a phone interview about his positive test result for the coronavirus. Carson insisted that he was “feeling terrific” already.

“I really came down with symptoms yesterday. Fever of 101. Chills. Muscle cramps. Respiratory issues and fatigue,” Carson explained. Those symptoms led to him receiving a COVID test Monday morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Top staffers informed The Post that “all precautions are being taken” in terms of notifying people who may have been in recent contact with Carson and revealed that, since he had been on the road campaigning in his personal capacity on behalf of President Donald Trump’s re-election, Carson hadn’t been in contact with HUD staffers for the past couple of weeks.

As to where the secretary may have contracted the virus, he was unsure, and told The Post, “I was on a bus tour last week. I was at the White House on election night, so there are multiple possibilities.”

New White House cases

Carson’s positive diagnosis for coronavirus came on the heels of a similar positive test result for White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — who was also at the White House on election night — and a handful of other aides.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus just over a month ago.

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