ELEVEN Secret Service agents have tested positive for coronavirus and 23 have recovered – as a Mike Pence staffer contracted the deadly disease.
As of Thursday evening, nearly a dozen members of the United States Secret Service were confirmed to have Covid-19, according to Department of Homeland Security documents.
The DHS documents, obtained by Yahoo News, revealed that 11 were confirmed with coronavirus, 23 have recovered, and 60 are currently self-quarantining.
Secret Service spokeswoman, Justine Whelan, told the news outlet: “To protect the privacy of our employee’s health information and for operational security, the Secret Service is not releasing how many of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, nor how many of its employees were, or currently are, quarantined."
It is unknown if President Trump or Pence had been in recent contact with any of the sickened agents.
The news of the secret service agents' diagnosis comes as:
- COVID-19 numbers in the US continue to climb, with over 1.2 million cases confirmed
- A researcher who was "on the verge" of a COVID-19 breakthrough was shot dead
- Insiders alleged COVID-19 was developed in Wuhan lab so China could prove it's better than the US at fighting diseases
- Data shows a red rash could be a symptom in one of five coronavirus patients
- A new study shows that a headache or dizziness may be new symptoms of the virus
According to Whelan, the Secret Service adheres to the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Whelan added: “Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Secret Service has been working with all of our public safety partners and the White House Medical Unit to ensure the safety and security of both our protected persons and our employees.
“The Secret Service continues to follow guidance issued by the CDC to ensure the health and welfare of our employees and those they come in contact with.”
On the same day, President Trump confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller had tested positive for coronavirus.
President Donald Trump confirmed the news at a press conference Friday, however, he did not discuss the possibility of potentially isolating.
Katie is married to Stephen Miller, one of the president's closest advisors.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted that provisions had been out in place to insure the safety of Trump and Pence.
Just one day prior, Donald Trump's valets had tested positive for COVID-19 – prompting an announcement that the White House would start rapid testing staff on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, Pence has been mocked after offering to pretend to carry boxes of PPE for frontline workers.
In a viral clip of Pence at a nursing home on Thursday, he can be heard suggesting he carry some boxes inside, even though they are empty.
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