The Daily Caller has revealed that a reporter who regularly attends White House briefings has “a suspected case of coronavirus.”
The information came from the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Jonathan Karl, who said that the individual in question had been present at the White House on four different occasions over the past two weeks.
Karl has instructed “all journalists who were at the White House during this time period to review public health guidance, consult their medical professionals and take the appropriate next steps.”
The White House Correspondents’ Association has a standing policy requiring members to come forward “if they have sought a COVID-19 test or have been diagnosed positive to ensure that appropriate steps can be taken.”
This isn’t the first instance of someone in and around the White House contracting the coronavirus. The Daily Caller reported separately on Monday that an employee of the U.S. Secret Service had also tested positive for the illness.
“The employee is currently in quarantine,” a Secret Service spokesperson was quoted as saying. “The agency will continue to monitor the employee’s condition.”
According to a CBS affiliate in Baltimore, a statement from the agency explained, “The Secret Service has conducted a comprehensive contact trace assessment and determined that the employee has not had contact with any Secret Service employee or protectee for nearly three weeks.”
Meanwhile, the office of Vice President Mike Pence announced last week that a member of its staff was found to be infected with coronavirus as well.
“This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” spokeswoman Katie Miller revealed on Friday.
“Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual. Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines,” Miller added.
New precautions taken
What’s more, White House press secretary Judd Deere declared on Monday that “temperature checks will be conducted on everyone who enters campus.”
“As was announced over the weekend, additional temperature checks will be conducted on individuals who are in close contact with the president and vice president throughout the day,” Deere concluded