White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The latest White House official to test positive for the virus after President Trump himself was hospitalized after contracting with the virus. She shared on Twitter on Monday morning that she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Kayleigh McEnany emphasized that she had previously tested negatively “consistently” and is experiencing no symptoms.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” she wrote.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” she added.
McEnany and her two deputies, Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, are among at least 18 people in the White House or connected to Trump’s reelection campaign or to recent White House events, who have tested positive for Covid-19 since late last week.
She was scheduled to appear on Fox News on Monday morning but the appearance was canceled. The press secretary later shared she was positive for the virus.
White House press staff are working remotely, an official said, but some essential workers are still at the White House. McEnany wrote Monday that she will “begin the quarantine process,” meaning that she will isolate.
Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday evening, McEnany said she is “feeling great” and “very blessed’ to have no symptoms.
In a statement Monday, the White House Correspondents’ Association wished McEnany a “swift recovery,” saying:
“As of this moment we are not aware of additional cases among White House journalists, though we know some are awaiting test results. We strongly encourage our members to continue following CDC guidance on mask-wearing and distancing — especially when at the White House — and urge journalists to seek testing if they were potentially exposed.”