Both Eugene and Trish Scalia attended the Rose Garden event where President Donald Trump announced that Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his choice to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. They sat in the second row, right behind First Lady Melania Trump and next to former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway – both of whom would later test positive for Covid-19.
“This afternoon, doctors confirmed that US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ms. Scalia has mild symptoms but is fine,” the press release said .
“Tonight Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; he did not see any symptoms. The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow advice from health professionals to ensure Trish̵
7;s recovery and the health of those around them work from home and continue to fulfill the department’s mission and the president’s agenda. “
It is not clear whether Trish Scalia contracted the coronavirus at the rose garden event. Her positive test comes more than two weeks after the event, but it is not known when she was last tested. The incubation period of the virus can be up to 14 days.
At least 12 people – including Trump, the First Lady and Conway – tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the event on September 26. Republican Sens. Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from North Carolina sat in three separate seats in the second row during the outdoor ceremony, separated from other Senators – both later tested positive, as did former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The president of Notre Dame University, where Barrett teaches, was also diagnosed with coronavirus after sitting three seats away from Conway and directly behind the candidate’s young children at the event.
While part of the day’s events were held in the rose garden, there were also smaller private gatherings in the White House that ignored the wearing of masks or the social distancing recommended by public health experts in order to prevent the virus from spreading to stop .
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, called the rose garden ceremony last week a “super-spreader” event. He noted that many attendees at the event did not have social distance or wore masks. “The data speaks for itself,” he said.
This story has been updated with additional information.