Mike Pence’s top aide tests positive for Covid-19
Published: 12:45 PM, 25 October 2020 Updated: 01:10 PM, 25 October 2020
Marc Short, chief of staff of US Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday; Photo: CNN
Chief of staff of US Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a spokesman said.
The chief of staff named Marc Short began quarantine and was assisting in the contract tracing process, Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.
“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health,” he added.
Pence, who has been campaigning ahead of the November 3 election, will maintain his current schedule in consultation with White House doctors, said the spokesman.
A surge in Covid-19 cases led to the United States reaching a record number of daily infections for a second day running on Saturday, with nearly 89,000 new cases. The virus has claimed more than 224,000 American lives.
A list of people connected to the White House has contracted the virus, including President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized before recovering.
Trump has downplayed the seriousness of the virus, calling for businesses to reopen so the economy can recover.
Joe Biden, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming polls, has repeatedly criticized Trump’s handling of the health crisis.