Top adviser to Mike Pence tests positive for COVID-19
Oct 26 2020
Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned Sunday that the White House should be taking every precaution possible given that there's another small outbreak of coronavirus among staffers for Vice PresidentMike Pence.
Pence's press secretary Devin O'Malley said in a statement that the Vice President and wife Karen Pence tested negative today and that Pence would "maintain his schedule in accordance with CDC guidelines for essential personnel".
Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and senior political adviser have both tested positive for coronavirus, according to reports.
Pence's staff says the Vice President tested negative for the virus on Saturday.
Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, told CNN on Sunday that Pence was an essential worker and did not need to quarantine as recommended by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Biden's running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, took four days off the campaign trail this month after an aide tested positive for COVID-19. "Anytime there is a cluster like this, I would advise that the entire office transition to remote work for 14 days", Nelson said.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases across the United States soared to almost 72,000 new cases on Friday, not long after the US Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams warned it could be the worst week since the pandemic began.
"If Pence did not self-quarantine it would violate every core public health principle his own task force recommends", said Lawrence Gostin, a public health expert at Georgetown University school of law.
The United States on Friday registered 84,244 new coronavirus cases and 79,852 cases on Saturday, the nation's largest daily totals since the beginning of a pandemic that has killed about 225,000 Americans and left millions of people jobless.
Mr Pence is scheduled to address rallies in Kinston, North Carolina, later on Sunday and in Hibbing, Minnesota, on Monday. While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. "This appears to be outside of Mr Trump's skill set", the New Hampshire Union Leader said in an editorial.
Campaigning is not an official duty that might fall under the guidelines meant to ensure police, first responders and key transport and food workers can still perform jobs that cannot be done remotely, the experts said.
"We don't want to become superspreaders", Biden told supporters at a "drive-in" rally Saturday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, picking up a term that has been used to describe the Rose Garden event in late September in which Trump announced his latest Supreme Court nominee.
"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us".
"When we look at the number of cases increasing what we have to do is make sure we fight it with therapeutics and vaccines, take proper mitigation factors in terms of social distancing and masks when we can", Meadows said.