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Trump’s political camp hit by Covid-19 as campaign manager, 3 White House reporters test positive

THREE White House reporters have tested positive for Covid-19 Friday following President Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania have contracted the virus.

According to the New York Post, all three journalists were in the White House over the last week; the building’s medical unit is conducting contact tracing for each of them, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Several more reporters are quarantining out of an abundance of caution as they await test results, the association said, without identifying the journalists who have fallen ill.

WHCA President Zeke Miller in a letter to White House journalists urged reporters to steer clear of the White House unless they are a part of a press pool or have an enclosed workspace.

Reporters should be especially vigilant of their health if they’ve attended President Trump’s Rose Garden event Saturday for his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett or any other events over that weekend, Miller added. Five people in attendance at the Saturday event, including two Republican senators, have since tested positive for the virus.

“Due to cases linked to the pools last weekend and a large number of press credentialed for the 9/26 Rose Garden event, we ask that if you were on the White House grounds or in the pools those days, that you pay extra attention to any changes in your health,” Miller said.

The White House has plans to test all reporters who travelled on Air Force One over the last week, Miller added, recommending other potentially exposed journalists to get tested as well.

“For seven months, we have been clear-eyed about the inherent risks in fulfilling our obligation to keeping the American public informed,” Miller went on.

“Today those risks are more evident than ever, but our work is only growing more vital.”

President Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has reportedly contracted the coronavirus.

The 42-year-old is experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and tested positive Friday evening, Politico reported. Stepien now becomes the fourth person on the White House’s debate prep team to test positive for the virus.

The others are Kellyanne Conway, who announced Friday night that she was infected, Hope Hicks, whose COVID-19-positive status was announced Thursday, and Trump himself, who remained Saturday morning at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Stepien had also reportedly travelled to the presidential debate on Air Force One with Trump and Hicks.

He will continue to lead the campaign while working remotely under quarantine, according to Politico. Trump’s doctor late Friday said in a statement that the president was doing “very well” and “resting comfortably.”

“Going well, I think!” Trump added in a tweet just after 11:30 p.m. At least five of those infected around Trump had attended a tightly packed, mostly maskless Rose Garden ceremony for the president’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. 

They are the first lady, two Republican senators who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the president of Notre Dame University — where Barrett taught and had attended college — and Conway.

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