US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, on Saturday tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus disease and is currently self-isolating, according to Pence's press secretary Devin O'Malley
"Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," the vice president's office said in a statement on Saturday.
The office stated that the vice president and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative for the virus as of Saturday, adding that Pence "will maintain his schedule" despite the fact that he is "considered a close contact with Mr. Short".
"Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," O'Malley read. "While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel."
Spokesperson for VP Pence tells me Pence’s chief of staff has tested positive for COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/00vtONoFhj— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) October 25, 2020
In recent weeks, dozens of White House officials and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus in the wake of President Donald Trump's 2 October announcement that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had contracted the disease. Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19 for a few days at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
That same week, Pence and his wife, Karen, tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley.
The White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, announced on 12 October that Trump had tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days.
Melania Trump announced last week that the couple’s son, Barron, 14, had contracted COVID-19 but exhibited no symptoms and had subsequently tested negative.