Many White House and senior administration officials were undergoing tests Friday, but the full scale of the outbreak around the president may not be known for some time as it can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test.
Here’s a look at the notable political figures who have announced a coronavirus diagnosis since Thursday evening.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president tweeted around 1 a.m. ET on Friday after he had returned from an afternoon political fundraiser.
The Trumps’ son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative.
Kellyanne Conway formerly served as one of Trump’s top political consultants and Counselor to the President before leaving her job earlier this year. She also attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination event.
Conway confirmed her diagnosis on Twitter Friday night.
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.
As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
Conway could be see in photos of the nomination announcement sitting in between Rev. John Jenkins, Melania Trump and Sen. Mike Lee, all of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 as well.
Top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, Oct. 1. Earlier in the week, Hicks traveled with the president to Ohio for the debate and the next day on a campaign trip to Minnesota. Hicks felt unwell on the return trip from Minnesota and isolated herself aboard Air Force One.
“I can tell you in terms of Hope Hicks, we discovered that right as Marine One was taking off yesterday,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Friday. Several staffers were pulled from the trip, but Trump did not cancel and there was no direct evidence that her illness was connected to his.
Sources tell ABC News that Hicks is experiencing symptoms.
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive Friday for COVID-19, according to sources familiar with the situation.
He sent an email to campaign staff tonight informing them.
“I feel fine and will be back in the office as soon as I am given the green light,” Stepien wrote to staff.
In the meantime, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark will take over campaign operations.
Sen. Thom Tillis
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, released a statement Friday saying he has tested positive for COVID-19, the same day President Donald Trump was taken to a hospital as a cautionary measure Friday.
“Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,” Tillis said. “I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well.”
Tillis met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barret on Tuesday. He then traveled back to North Carolina where he was on the debate stage last night.
Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said he has tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies.” Lee visited the White House on Saturday for Trump’s announcement that he had nominated Judge Amy Comey Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Lee said in his statement that he had tested negative for the virus when he visited the White House for Saturday’s event, which featured little social distancing and few masks.
The Utah Republican also met with Barrett on Tuesday in the Capitol. The two sat in chairs that were distanced several feet apart but took a photo before the meeting in which they were closer together. He also spoke to reporters after the meeting, removing his mask in front of the cameras as most lawmakers generally do. Barrett has since tested negative.
Rev. John Jenkins
University of Notre Dame’s president has confirmed he has tested positive for the coronavirus days after attending Trump’s announcement that he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Rev. John Jenkins was invited to the Rose Garden ceremony because Barrett is a Notre Dame University alumna and law school professor. He apologized earlier this week for not wearing a mask at the ceremony.
In a message sent to the Notre Dame community Friday, Jenkins said that he had learned that a colleague he was in contact with had tested positive for the virus, and he went into self-quarantine. Jenkins said he too was tested and learned he had the virus.
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, said Friday that she tested positive for coronavirus. She said she received confirmation on the positive test results Wednesday and has been at her Michigan home since last Saturday.
Sen. Ron Johnson
The Wisconsin Republican’s press team said Saturday morning that Johnson was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 14. He stayed in quarantine for 14 days without developing symptoms and tested negative twice during that time.
He returned to Washington on Tuesday and shortly after was exposed to an individual who has since tested positive. After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested Friday afternoon. This test came back positive. Johnson feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms, his representatives said. He will remain isolated until given the all-clear by his doctor.
Most staff in the senator’s Washington office have been working remotely. The office will go all-virtual for the immediate future.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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