A day after speaking to the media without a mask, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
As of Thursday, at least a dozen White House officials and senior Republicans have said they signed COVID-19, including the president, first lady and three senators.
“After testing negative results on a regular basis, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning with no symptoms,” McEnany wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
It can take a few days after infection for someone to test positive for COVID-1
In her statement, McEnany said she was unaware that Trump aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus by the time she held an indoor press conference with journalists last Thursday.
McEnany has also spoken to reporters outdoors frequently, including as late as Sunday afternoons, without wearing a mask.
“We are currently not aware of any other cases among White House journalists, although we know some are waiting for test results,” said Zeke Miller, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, in a statement Monday. Reporters who were exposed on Sunday can take a few days to show a positive test result.
The press secretary said she would start the quarantine process.
The September 26 White House meeting to introduce Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s candidate for the Supreme Court has turned out to be a likely superspreader event. McEnany also attended the ceremony, sitting behind Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia.
President Trump remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he will be treated. His doctors are expected to inform the media on Monday.
First Lady Melania Trump also said Monday that she was feeling fine and continuing to rest at home.