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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus and will begin the quarantine process.

“After consistently testing negative, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning with no symptoms,” McEnany wrote on Twitter, adding that she will continue to work remotely while in isolation. .

“No reporter, producer or member of the press is listed as close contacts of the White House Medical Unit,” he added.

President Trump is being treated for the coronavirus at Walter Reed Medical Center after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive last Thursday.

McEnany also said he was unaware that his White House staffmate Hope Hicks had been diagnosed with the coronavirus before holding a press conference last Thursday.

Hicks, the president’s adviser, tested positive last Thursday, after traveling to Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland with the president and attending a campaign rally Wednesday in Minnesota.

The White House Correspondents Association expressed its hope that Trump, McEnany and others “struggling” with the coronavirus have a “speedy recovery.”

“At this time we are not aware of additional cases among White House journalists, although we do know that some are awaiting test results,” said a statement from the association.

“We strongly encourage our members to continue to follow the CDC guidelines on wearing masks and distancing, especially when in the White House, and we urge journalists to seek evidence if they are potentially exposed,” he continued.

McEnany routinely wears no mask when speaking to reporters in the White House meeting room or during informal chats on the White House grounds.

McEnany wore no mask during the Thursday briefing he referenced in his Twitter announcement and again during informal meetings with reporters on Friday and Sunday.

McEnany and Hicks are among several current and former White House employees and others close to the president who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the past week.

They are Trump’s body man Nick Luna, campaign manager Bill Stepien, former White House Councilor Kellyanne Conway, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and former New Jersey Councilor.
Governor Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for his debate with Joe Biden.

Three Republican senators also tested positive: Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative in recent days.

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