Vice President Mike Pence will undergo a coronavirus test Saturday after a member of his staff tested positive for the fast-spreading illness.
“The White House doctor has indicated that he has no reason to believe that I was exposed,” Pence told reporters at the administration’s now-daily coronavirus press conference.
But “given the unique position that I have as vice president and as the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” he said.
Pence said that the staffer, whom he did not name, had experienced “mild cold-like symptoms” for a day and a half before he sought testing. The staffer was last in the White House on Monday.
“Neither the president nor I had direct contact with that staff person,” Pence said. “I am pleased to report he is doing well.”
Trump tested negative for the virus last weekend days after coming into close contact with at least one person who later came down with COVID-19.