Pence office: VP not isolating after top aide tests positive for COVID-19


A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that Pence is “not in quarantine” after reports indicated that he was self-isolating. 

“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” Devin O’Malley, a Pence spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond. 

“Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” the statement added. 

Earlier on Sunday, Bloomberg and Associated Press reported that the vice president was entering self-isolation after one of his top aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Bloomberg cited three people familiar with the situation that Pence is self-isolating away from the White House as of this weekend, but has repeatedly tested negative.

A senior official told NBC News on Sunday that the vice president will be “low key for the next couple days” but that there would be no restrictions on his schedule. 

The report comes just a few days after it was reported Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary and wife of one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides Stephen Miller, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Trump said that Miller had been a part of regular testing before getting a positive result.

“She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie,” Trump said. “She tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of a sudden today she tested positive.

“She hasn’t come into contact with me,” Trump added. “She’s spent some time with the vice president.”

The president and Pence have undergone weekly rapid-result testing for the novel coronavirus for the past several weeks. Trump said last week that he would be ramping up the tests to daily.

In addition to Miller, at least two Trump administration staffers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, prompting the White House to announce increased guidelines including cleaning and social distancing to lessen concerns over an outbreak among staffers. 

Pence’s isolation comes after coronavirus task force members Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, and Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner have also gone into self-quarantine.

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