The White House has confirmed that someone who works with President Donald Trump recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for coronavirus,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday, according to The Hill.
The spokesman went on: “The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”
Coronavirus in the White House
CNN was the first to report on rumors that one of Trump’s valets had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual, who CNN alleges is a Naval officer, joins more than 1.2 million Americans who have become infected with the virus, according to a tracker from The New York Times.
The president, for his part, says he’s “had very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman,” The Hill reported.
Trump also characterized the driver as a “good person,” according to The Hill. “It’s a little bit strange, but it’s one of those things,” he remarked Thursday.
Trump also spoke Thursday about starting a new COVID-19 testing program under which he will undergo screening on a daily basis, The Hill reported separately. That policy will reportedly be extended to Vice President Mike Pence and some other key officials.
Since then, Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Politico.
Other leaders confronted by COVID-19
Trump isn’t the only world leader to face concerns about the coronavirus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the disease last month and was, at one point, being treated in an intensive care unit, as the BBC reported.
Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, subsequently took to Twitter with a message of praise and gratitude for those who had treated the prime minister.
“I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough,” she tweeted on April 12. “The staff at St. Thomas’ Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you.
“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds continued. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”