After receiving news that a White House staffer for the vice president tested positive for COVID-19, both Mike Pence and his wife Karen have tested negative.
The second family took the test after a staffer in his office tested positive. The staffer reported mild cold like symptoms, but it turned out to be the novel coronavirus.
Pence announced that the president has not had direct contact with the staffer.
More the late-breaking news below:
Senior politicians in France, Italy and the U.K have tested positive for COVID-19.
Even recognizable celebrities like Tom Hands have contracted the virus.
Several Senators like Ted Cruz have quarantined themselves after potential exposure at CPAC, but he also tested negative.
Fortunately, no key players in the White House have tested positive and are able to continue leading the fight to protect Americans.
Fox News has more on the second family's results and the White House staffer:
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, have both tested negative for COVID-19, his press secretary announced Saturday night.
"Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence," Katie Miller tweeted.
Pence earlier Saturday said he will be tested for the coronavirus, after one of his staffers tested positive for the virus earlier this week.
“While the White House doctor has indicated that he has no reason to believe I was exposed and no need to be tested, given the unique position i have as vice president and as leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” he said at a White House press briefing.
Pence’s office said Friday that the unidentified staffer tested positive. Pence said that the staffer is doing well, and had cold-like symptoms for a day and a half and has not been to the White House since Monday.
President Trump has already tested negative for COVID-19 and has no known exposure to anyone with the virus since.
Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to reiterate to Americans not to get tested unless they are showing symptoms in order to preserve resources that are already stretched thin.
Now that a White House staffer has tested positive for COVID-19, new precautions are being taken at the White House.
Vice President Pence instructed staff at the White House to avoid all physical contact.
While many Americans are living in quarantine, the White House and the coronavirus task force are working overtime to minimize the threat of the virus.
To keep our leaders healthy, Pence emailed out a memo with new protocols for White House staffers.
Axois has more on the advice from the Vice President:
Details: Pence wrote in his email to White House staff that "with additional cases throughout the National Capital Region, it's imperative each one of us do our part to take the proper precautions to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe," according to a copy of the email obtained by Axios.
- Pence repeated advice from "healthcare experts on the Task Force" to clean hands often, clean and disinfect personal work stations and "commonly touched items" and to "limit large in-person gatherings" and to "stay home if you're sick!"
Pence told White House staff that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends home-quarantine "only for those who have had close (within 6 feet) prolonged (>10 minutes) contact with a symptomatic (cough, fever, etc.) COVID-19 patient, or their respiratory droplets."
- "This excludes casual, limited interactions such as handshakes, photographs, etc.," Pence added in the email.
Between the lines: The White House has released a memo from Trump's doctor saying that he learned of two Mar-a-Lago guests who interacted with the president and later tested positive for the coronavirus.
New cases of the novel coronavirus continue to escalate in Europe as well as the United States.
Though Pence's email was for staffers at the White House, this is also good advice to American citizens looking to stay healthy and minimize their risk of contracting the virus!