A representative for the president has been forced into isolation after becoming infected by the deadly disease.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has entered isolation after testing positive to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“I tested positive for COVID-19 [CCP Virus] on Monday morning,” she said in a statement. “With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process.”
McEnany had repeatedly produced a negative test result each day since Oct. 1 and experienced “no symptoms” before finally contracting the virus on Oct. 5. There is no immediate risk of person-to-person transmission.
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit,” she said. “Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of [White House Counsel] Hope Hicks’s diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”
White House Senior Communications Adviser Ben Williamson said he had obtained medical advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that there was minimal risk of McEnany spreading the disease to anyone who attended her press briefings.
“For those asking about this: Kayleigh McEnany briefly removed her mask at the microphone to answer questions, was there for two questions and only 58 seconds [would not constitute ‘sustained contact’ according to the CDC], and was socially distanced from reporters in the area,” he said on Twitter.
McEnany revealed she had performed her duties because they were necessary and vowed to keep working in isolation despite her illness.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time,” she said. “[I] will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely.”
President Donald Trump, who also tested positive to the CCP Virus, has already returned to the White House after receiving medical attention at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, 8 miles northwest of downtown Washington.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 p.m. [and am] feeling really good,” he said on Twitter. “Do not be afraid of COVID [CCP Virus], do not let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump administration, some really great drugs and knowledge—I feel better than I did 20 years ago.”
One bystander recently expressed strong support for the president’s speedy recovery.
“I will die for him, I will die for that man happily, I will die for him,” the man can be heard saying in the video shared on Twitter.
He shouted blessings for the president and promised to defend him if the opportunity arises.
“God bless our president,” he said. “Anybody want to mess with him, you mess with me first. He is a hero, that man.”
The president expressed gratitude for this “enthusiasm” and hopes his battle with the deadly disease inspires more Americans to vote at the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
“You see it in enthusiasm for the president outside Walter Reed Hospital, you see it in registrations, from Florida to Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where Republicans are outstripping Democrats by two to one,” he said on Twitter. “If the president bounces back onto the campaign trail, he will be an invincible hero, who not only survived every dirty trick the Democrats threw at him but the Chinese virus as well. He will show America we no longer have to be afraid.”