On Monday, Oct. 5, three more West Wing staffers tested positive for the virus, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, plunging the White House and re-election campaign into uncertainty with just 29 days until the presidential election.
Her diagnosis was confirmed a day later and the White House moved that afternoon to pull certain staffers off Marine One just as it was about to take off for a fundraiser at ’s golf resort in Bedminster, NJ.
It’s unclear where the president might have been exposed, given his extensive travel the week before his diagnosis, but his positive test results came to light just hours after news broke that his close adviser, Hope Hicks, was also infected.
The first lady has been in quarantine at the White House residence since Oct 2. She has experienced symptoms of the virus, including a mild cough and headache.
In a tweet Monday, Oct. 5, Melania said she was “feeling good” and would continue to rest at home.
At age 50, the first lady is significantly younger than her husband and has remained at the White House while he was hospitalized.
Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee chair
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An RNC spokesperson said that McDaniel was tested after someone in her family contracted the illness. Her diagnosis was confirmed two days prior, on Sept. 30.
The chairwoman has been at her home in Michigan since Saturday, Sept. 26, the chairperson said.
Kellyanne Conway, ex-White House counselor
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The former White House counselor announced in a tweet on Oct. 2 that she had tested positive for the virus.
A West Wing fixture, Conway left the White House at the end of August to spend more time with her family.
The 42-year-old became the fourth person on the White House’s debate prep team to test positive for the virus and had travelled with the president to Cleveland, for the show-down with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Politico reported.
Stepien will continue working remotely while in isolation but his diagnosis serves as another blow to the campaign which has been grounded and forced to become entirely virtual in the wake of ’s hospitalization.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)KEN CEDENO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A maskless Lee, 49, was filmed rubbing elbows with other attendees and hugging guests at the event.
In a tweet, Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was experiencing “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies” before testing positive for the coronavirus and will spent the next 10 days in isolation.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
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Tillis, 60, said he tested positive for the virus on Oct. 2.
The senator from North Carolina said he was self-isolating at home and had experienced only mild symptoms.
Like Lee, he was at the Rose Garden event for Barrett’s nomination announcement. He is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame University president
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. JenkinsRobert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File
The reverend, 66, was at the Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett, who is a graduate of Notre Dame’s law school and a professor there for several years before she became a federal judge.
His symptoms were said to be mild.
Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor
Former New Jersey Governor Chris ChristieJoshua Roberts/Getty Images
While he was only experiencing mild symptoms, the ex-New Jersey governor checked himself into hospital later that day for additional medical care because he has a history of asthma, he said on Twitter.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
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Johnson, 65, said he was exposed to someone with the illness on Sept. 14 and tested negative twice as he quarantined for 14 days.
When he returned to Washington on Sept. 29, the lawmaker was exposed to someone with the virus and got tested again, his office said, adding that Johnson would remain in isolation until he is given the all-clear from his doctors.
He was said to be feeling healthy and not experiencing any symptoms.
Nick Luna, assistant to the president
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Luna is married to Cassidy Dumbauld, an aide of Jared Kushner’s, and his diagnosis has left other White House aides concerned, according to Bloomberg.
Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary
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McEnany, 32, continued working in the West Wing over the weekend despite her contact with other infected staffers, describing herself as an “essential worker” and telling reporters she had tested negative on a daily basis.
The mom-of-one said she is not experiencing any symptoms and will continue to work remotely while isolated.
She also attended the Rose Garden ceremony on Sept. 26.
Two of her deputies, White House principal assistant press secretary Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, assistant press secretary, also tested positive.
Pastor Greg Laurie, Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor
Greg LaurieMatt Masin/The Orange County Register via AP, File
Pastor Greg Laurie announced on Oct. 5 that he had tested positive on Oct. 2 and had been quarantining at home since, with mild symptoms.
He attended the Rose Garden ceremony for Barrett, as well as a Prayer March near the Lincoln Memorial, where Vice President Mike Pence was also present, earlier that day.