The White House confirmed that Donald Trump’s personal valet tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the second White House staffer to contract the virus since the beginning of the outbreak.
Former CDC official Dr. Cyrus Shahpar broke the news during a CNN interview that Trump receiving a diagnosis of COVID-19 could be in the cards and that he should place himself in quarantine for 14 days.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed in a statement on Thursday that “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.”
“The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health,” Gidley added.
When questioned about the proper way to handle the diagnosis of a staffer that works closely with the president, Shahpar told CNN anchor John King:
The recommendation would be to quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the confirmed case, in this case, the valet. And that means staying home, no visitors, separating yourself from others, monitoring for symptoms, wearing a face-covering when you’re around others. Ideally, you’re not, but that would be the recommendation.
We all don’t want to transmit disease. In this case, as a high visibly person, I think he should set an example and really go into that quarantine of 14 days. And don’t put too much stock into one negative test,” he said. “It takes time to develop, you know, enough virus to test positive. So, one test today doesn’t necessarily mean that you know, over the next few days, it may not be something different.