Shortly after Bloomberg reported that US Vice President Mike Pence started self-isolation, a press secretary for Pence denied the reported decision, noting that the vice president "plans to be at the White House tomorrow".
“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit & is not in quarantine. Additionally, VP Pence has tested negative every single day & plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” Pence spokesperson Devin O'Malley said on Sunday.
Earlier, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that Pence had started self-isolation, staying away from the White House. The reported decision was connected to Friday news that Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, had contracted COVID-19.
According to the report, Pence did not attend a meeting with Trump and senior military officials held on Saturday, even though he reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 on the same day.
The report claimed that the decision on Pence's self-isolation was not publicly announced.
Prior to the release of the Bloomberg report, their reporter tweeted the news on Pence's self-quarantine, noting that the US VP had tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday.
BREAKING scoop: Vice President Mike Pence is self-isolating away from the White House after an aide was diagnosed with coronavirus on Friday, per several people familiar with the situation. Pence has repeatedly tested negative for Covid-19, including today, I’m told.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 10, 2020
On Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and one of the leading members of the Task Force, along with Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person at the White House who had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to ABC News, despite that no one from the Task Force has yet tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House has stepped up efforts, including daily temperature checks for all visitors.
The United States currently counts 1,328,201 confirmed cases of infection with 79,508 fatalities from COVID-19, according to the latest data assembled by the Johns Hopkins University.