CDC head quarantining after exposure to White House staffer with coronavirus
May 11 2020
Robert Redfield has been determined to have had a low risk exposure on May 6 to a person at the White House who has COVID-19.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, will self-quarantine for 14 days after coming in contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus, an FDA spokesman confirmed to CNN. He is feeling fine, and has no symptoms.
Officials will not identify the person to whom Hahn or Redfield were exposed.
Her positive test came to light shortly after a valet for Trump also tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first case of someone who had been in close proximity with the president being confirmed to have the virus.
Fauci noted to CNN that he had been tested for the virus yesterday, with a negative result.
Both Trump and Pence are being tested for coronavirus every day. He also said that if he is called to the White House or Capitol Hill, he may go, while taking safety precautions.
Fauci, Hahn and Redfield are scheduled to testify earlier than a committee of the U.S. senate on Tuesday, however they are going to not seem in individual however via a video hyperlink.
Hahn, a physician who's led the FDA since December, is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force.
Miller is married to White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller.
Newsweek has contacted the White House and a representative for Dr. Fauci for comment. He wrote a note to staff on Friday to alert them. "Two senior administration officials said the discussion was not heated", the newspaper reported.
The official said staff in the West Wing are tested regularly but much of Pence's staff - which works next door in the Executive Office Building - are tested less frequently. Katie Miller was not on the plane and had not been scheduled to be on the trip.
The White House has stepped up screening since and each the president and the vice-president are actually examined day by day.
The White House requires daily temperature checks of anyone who enters the White House complex and has encouraged social distancing among those working in the building. Anyone who comes in close proximity to the president and vice president is tested daily for COVID-19.
Katie Miller, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus.