Kayleigh McEnany has Covid, becoming latest White House staffer to test positive after Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway
WHITE House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has annouced she's been diagnosed with coronavirus.
McEnany said on Monday that after days of testing negative for Covid-19, she tested positive this week after having "no symptoms."
"No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit," she wrote.
The press secretary added she "definitely had no knowledge" that top White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive last week before McEnany addressed the press briefing room on Thursday.
McEnany wrote in a statement that "as an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at thie time."
She said she will now "begin the quarantine process" and will continue her press secretary duties "remotely."
On Sunday, before revealing her diagnosis from Monday, McEnany spoke to reporters without a mask on.
It wasn't immediately clear if her husband, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin, also contracted the virus.
McEnany's diagnosis comes days after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania both tested positive for coronavirus.
The president revealed they contracted the virus after coming into contact with Hicks throughout the week.
Hicks began feeling sick last Wednesday in Minnesota, where the Trump campaign held a re-election rally.
The top aide to the president had traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday for Trump's first debate against rival Joe Biden.
Within days, a number of people connected to the White House tested positive for coronavirus after a ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was held in the Rose Garden.
In addition to the Trumps, Hicks, and McEnany, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has also tested positive for the virus.
Former White House aide Kellyanne Conway and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien have also confirmed to have the virus.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, along with Republican Senators Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, and Thom Tillis, also tested positive.
Reverend John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame who was also at the ceremony in the Rose Garden, also has the virus.
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