“The list contains names and e-mail addresses. For reliable contact tracing, you need the city and state, ”said one official. “We basically say so much – we want and need more information.”
Officials said the state contacted the White House early Friday after learning of the president’s diagnosis and learned in a “blanket statement” that the “White House Medical Department is conducting all contact tracing “.
“We’re not really satisfied with that – especially with the New Jerseyans,” said the official.
He added, “All White House staff who were in close contact during this trip have been identified, contacted and recommended for quarantine.”
At the event for Judge Barrett, guests, few of whom were wearing masks, mingled both outside and inside, hugging each other and talking with heads close together. Over the next few days, at least eight participants, including two senators, tested positive. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany became the newest.
The timing of Mr. Trump’s disease diagnosis makes it very likely that he and the others were infected on Saturday, medical experts said. Symptoms usually appear around five days after exposure to the virus. Mr Trump started showing symptoms on Thursday, “just right for the day,” as one would expect, said Dr. Maldonado.
An outbreak investigation would help identify the source of the infections, said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who headed the CDC under President Barack Obama.