Member of Mike Pence’s staff tests positive for coronavirus

Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Pence, did not identify the staffer, nor did she say specifically where the individual worked.

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Vice President Mike Pence, standing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force team, speaks during a press briefing earlier this week.

Vice President Mike Pence, standing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force team, speaks during a press briefing earlier this week.

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WASHINGTON – A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus, the White House said Friday, marking the first such infection within the top rungs of the administration.

Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Pence, did not identifythe staffer, nor did she say specifically where the individual worked. Pence is leading the administration’s coronavirus task force and has been a regular presence at the president’s side in recent weeks.

“This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” Miller said in statement. “Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual.”

Miller said contact tracing was being conducted in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pence said Monday thathe had not been tested for the virus. Trump was tested and said his test was negative.

The vice president’s office did not immediately respond to questions about where the staff member worked or whether Pence had been tested sometime this week.

“I have not been tested yet,” Pence said Monday. “I’m in regular consultation with the White House physician, and he said I’ve not been exposed to anyone for any period of time that had the coronavirus, and that my wife and I have no symptoms.”

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