The number of people contracting the coronavirus within the West Wing of the White House continues to grow. Its very own Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, is the recent positive case reported.
The White House was shaken by the initial news that one of its counselors, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, the world found out the President and the First Lady, Donald and Melania Trump tested positive as well.
Since then, the list of staffers and aides contracting the virus has piled. Recently, Trump’s close-in aide, Nicholas Luna, received the same result.
Outbreak on the West Wing?
In a report by The New York Times, an outbreak is said to be forming on the West Wing of the White House. As it turns out, aside from McEnany, two of the Press Secretary’s deputies have also turned out COVID-19 positive.
The said members of the press team are Karoline Leavitt and Chad Gilmartin. They received their results reportedly before McEnany did.
The publication highlights “heightening fears” arises, as more cases might still turn up in the near future.
McEnany herself broke the news via Twitter, similar to Trump. The Press Secretary notes that she “consistently” tested negative for COVID-19, including Thursday—when Trump’s COVID-19 news came to light.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
Despite her enthusiastic portrayal of her condition—having no symptoms yet, health experts fear that she “may have been infectious for days.” This includes the day she briefly met reporters without a mask outside the White House on Sunday.
Cautions were carried out immediately after McEnany was identified as one of Hicks’ close contacts, per CNN. The Press Secretary was accordingly pulled out from the New Jersey fundraising trip. However, she says she “definitively had no knowledge” of Hicks’ diagnosis prior to her Thursday briefing.
The White House “coronavirus outbreak”
In a separate continuously developing report from The New York Times, there are already 15 notable people who contracted the virus since Thursday.
The reports are updated until October 5. As of then, here is the list of political figures and staff who are COVID-19 positive:
- President Donald Trump
- FLOTUS Melania Trump
- Trump Adviser Hope Hicks
- Assistant to the President Nicholas Luna
- R.N.C. chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
- Utah Senator Mike Lee
- North Carolina Senator Thm Tillis
- Trump Campaign manager Bill Stepien
- Kellyanne Conway
- University of Notre Dame president John I. Jenkins
- Chris Christie
- White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
- Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt
- Assistant Press Secretary Chad Gilmartin
- Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie
Most of the noted political figures listed were all present during the Rose Garden nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett on September 26.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Despite the apparent outbreak forming, President Trump has returned to the White House. This only after three days in the medical center. His return resulted in the hashtag #GaspingforAir trend on Twitter.
This is due to what the media caught, which is Trump “gasping for air” after taking off his mask for photos. This led people to theorize that the president’s condition may be worse than what is being led on.
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