A U.S. service member who works at the White House campus has tested positive for coronavirus, the White House said on Thursday.
The president and vice president both subsequently tested negative for the virus, White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, said in a statement.
“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Gidley said.
“The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health.”
CNN, which first reported the news, said that the person was a U.S. Navy member who serves as one of Trump’s personal valets, part of a unit that often works very close to the president and first family.
Meanwhile,the Trump administration decides against issuing further formal, detailed guidance for states and business owners on reopening
]”It was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance ‘would never see the light of day,’” a CDC official told The AP, according to its report.
A task force official defended the decision to ABC News, saying that “overly specific instructions” beyond the already-issued guidelines on a phased reopening would be unhelpful and noting that the onus is on the states to make case-by-case decisions as best for their community.
This decision comes after President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recently told governors about draft guidelines in the works, but even as these guidelines have been under recent consideration, a task force official had said there was always a possibility that they would not ultimately be issued.