- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is not currently experiencing symptoms.
- She added that according to the White House medical unit, she was not in close contact with any reporters, producers, or members of the press.
- McEnany also said that she “definitively had no knowledge” that White House counselor Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19 when McEnany held a press briefing on Thursday.
- She briefed reporters without wearing a mask on Friday and Saturday, after the public became aware that both Hicks and President Donald Trump had tested positive for the virus.
- McEnany is the latest person in Trump’s orbit to test positive; over the last several days, more than two dozen lawmakers, campaign officials, White House staff, and reporters have been diagnosed with the virus.
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” she said in a statement. “No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contact by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”
She continued: “As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”
McEnany briefed the White House press corps on Thursday afternoon after Hicks, a close confidant of President Donald Trump and his White House counselor, tested positive for the disease. McEnany was not wearing