Another two White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to media reports Tuesday, one day after U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House after being hospitalized with the highly contagious disease.
One of Trump's valets, an active member of the U.S. military who traveled with the president last week, has the coronavirus, a Bloomberg News reporter said on Twitter, citing unnamed sources. Bloomberg and other U.S. media outlets also reported that a military aide to Trump has COVID-19.
Trump told Americans “to get out there” and not fear COVID-19 as he returned to the White House Monday, after a three-night hospital stay to be treated for the virus, and removed his white surgical mask to pose for pictures.
The Republican president, running for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 U.S. election, was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday.
A growing number of White House staff and senior Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19 since Trump revealed he had contracted the respiratory disease.
The White House will take more precautions to protect staff around Trump, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah told Fox News on Tuesday.
“We always take precautions at events we host, and I certainly think in light of the President’s positive test and the First Lady, we’re going to take even more for the time being to protect essential staff around him,” Farah said.
Asked by reporters if Trump would speak on Tuesday, Farah said they would hear from him in some form, though she declined to answer when asked if he planned a televised address.
The infections have roiled the presidential campaign, now in its final month, rattled financial markets and slowed the work of Congress, with the Senate vowing to delay any votes now that three members of the Republican majority have tested positive.
Several people who met with the president last week said they had since tested negative, but it can take days for someone who has been exposed to the virus to develop symptoms or to test positive.
Below is a list of people close to Trump who have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days:
Jayna McCarron, one of the president's military aides, has coronavirus, according to Bloomberg News Tuesday.
One of the president's valets, who is also active duty military and traveled with the president last week, has also tested positive, according to Bloomberg News.
White House press office staffer, Chad Gilmartin, tested positive over the weekend for the highly contagious infectious disease, according to a source.
Karoline Leavitt, a White House communications aide, tested positive for COVID-19, according to a source.
White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said in a statement on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, adding that she is experiencing no symptoms and "had no knowledge of Hope Hicks' testing positive before her briefing last Thursday."
Hope Hicks, a close adviser to the president who often traveled with him on the Air Force One and Marine One presidential aircraft, tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus Thursday. The disclosure of her infection, first reported by Bloomberg, set off a wave of news.
Donald Trump, who had carried out a busy week of campaigning starting with the Sept. 26 introduction of his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at a packed White House ceremony, said on Friday that he had his wife, Melania, had tested positive.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who has had frequent contact with Trump, said Friday she had tested positive for the virus and was quarantined at home in Michigan.
Senator Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson, who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, a spokesman said on Saturday.
Senator Thom Tillis
Senator Thom Tillis tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in a statement on Friday. A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tillis positive test results comes after he attended a Sept. 26 Oval Office meeting with Barrett, who Republicans are seeking to steer onto the Supreme Court.
Senator Mike Lee
Mike Lee, another senator on the Judiciary Committee, also said he tested positive on Friday. He was present at the Oval Office meeting on Sept. 26.
Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, also tested positive for COVID-19 Friday and will work from home, according to a senior campaign official.
Gov. Chris Christie
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Saturday that he was checking himself into a hospital as a precautionary measure after testing positive for coronavirus.
Kellyanne Conway, a former counselor to Trump, said in a post on Twitter that she had tested positive for COVID-19 Friday. She attended the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett.
Notre Dame President John Jenkins
University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, who also attended the White House ceremony, said Friday that he had tested positive.
Assistant to Trump Nicholas Luna, a "body man" who accompanies the president day and night, has tested positive, according to a source familiar with the situation.