A day after Republican President Donald Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, three journalists who work at the White House have also tested positive. In response, news outlets have begun testing and isolating journalists who may have been exposed.
One of the journalists was at the White House as recently as last Saturday and had traveled on Air Force One to Pennsylvania since then.
According to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, memos issued Friday by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) revealed that three unnamed journalists had contracted coronavirus.
One of the individuals began experiencing symptoms last Wednesday, and another began experiencing symptoms on Thursday. In response, the WHCA alerted its members to also get tested, especially since members of the White House press corps often work indoors and in close proximity to one another.
“Given these positive cases, the president’s diagnosis and positive cases among other members of the White House staff, a number of White House journalists are self-isolating pending diagnostic testing,” the WHCA told its members in a Friday night email, according to the Post-Gazette.
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Spokespeople from The Washington Post, CBS and NBC told the Post-Gazette that they will conduct contact tracing, testing and quarantining for