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Fauci joins CDC chief on growing White House quarantine list

May 10, 2020
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Fauci joins CDC chief on growing White House quarantine listFauci joins CDC chief on growing White House quarantine list

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force will self-quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, administration officials said Saturday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, will quarantine for 14 days. Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, has already gone into quarantine.

Fauci, who has emerged as the most high-profile public health expert on President Donald Trump’s task force, will follow a “modified” quarantine for the next two weeks after “low-risk” exposure to a White House aide who tested positive for coronavirus, according to an administration official.

Fauci is expected to work mostly from home but planned to testify in person next week before the Senate. Hahn and Redfield will also testify but via videoconference.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On Friday, Hahn announced his quarantine in a memo to staff saying he had come into contact with a person who has coronavirus, aides told NBC News. He tested negative for the virus but was isolating as a precaution, they said.” data-reactid=”23″>On Friday, Hahn announced his quarantine in a memo to staff saying he had come into contact with a person who has coronavirus, aides told NBC News. He tested negative for the virus but was isolating as a precaution, they said.

The announcements come after two people with access to the White House tested positive for coronavirus.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19. Miller is married to top Trump adviser Stephen Miller.” data-reactid=”25″>On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19. Miller is married to top Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

Katie Miller said she initially tested negative on Thursday. A second test revealed her positive status on Friday. Miller’s husband tested negative, according to an administration official.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="One of President Donald Trump’s personal valets also tested positive for coronavirus. The valet works in the West Wing serving Trump meals among other duties. The White House did not say when the valet developed symptoms or when the president was last exposed to the individual.” data-reactid=”27″>One of President Donald Trump’s personal valets also tested positive for coronavirus. The valet works in the West Wing serving Trump meals among other duties. The White House did not say when the valet developed symptoms or when the president was last exposed to the individual.

Both Trump and Pence have tested negative for COVID-19 as of Thursday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

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