For obvious reasons, the mainstream media’s 24/7 news cycle has shifted away from covering the COVID-19 crisis to the 2020 presidential election and the chaos that has since ensued, but a new positive test within the ranks of the White House could soon shift the focus back to the pandemic.
According to the Washington Examiner, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who has recently been with President Donald Trump and countless other White House staff, confirmed on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 on the day after election day.
The 61-year-old former Republican lawmaker from North Carolina was reportedly alongside Trump in the days before the election and traveled with the president to his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday, where he reportedly wasn’t donning a face covering most of the time.
Unfortunately, at least four of Meadows’ staff aides have also tested positive for COVID-19, including Nick Trainer, Trump’s campaign director of battleground strategy. As of this writing, it was not reported if the aides who contracted the virus were showing any symptoms.
As the Daily Caller reported, Meadows was uncertain when asked where he believes he contracted the virus.
Given the chief of staff’s close contact with the press, the White House Correspondents’ Association issued a statement in which they stated that no members of their group had been in contact with Meadows or his staff.
“By now I’m sure you’ve seen reports of a case of COVID-19 among the White House senior staff. We are told that all contact-tracing has been completed and that no members of the press corps are considered a ‘close contact’ by the White House Medical Unit. We will continue to provide updates as we have more to share,” the statement read.
Fortunately, Meadows seems to be handling the virus without issue, as a White House official reportedly told Fox News that the former Congressman is “doing well.”
Meadows’ positive test comes in the wake of several days of record-setting new positive cases in the United States, with over 100,000 positive cases recorded on consecutive days. Given his good health and, presumably, access to the same doctors and treatments as his boss, Meadows should be able to weather the diagnosis just fine.