Vice President Pence tests negative for virus

Lauren Egan
Vice President Pence tests negative for virus

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, have tested negative or coronavirus Saturday, a White House spokeswoman said.

The vice president's press secretary, Katie Miller, said on Twitter that she was "pleased to report" that tests for the Pences "came back negative."

Pence said Friday the couple would get tested for the coronavirus Saturday afternoon after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus Friday night.

“I am pleased to report he's doing well,” Pence said of the staffer Friday. “He had mild cold-like symptoms for about a day and a half. He has not been to the White House since Monday. Neither the President nor I had direct contact with that staff person."

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Pence said that both him and his wife felt fine and were not displaying any symptoms.

But given his “unique position” as vice president and as head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, Pence said he would go ahead and get tested.

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Pence said that contract tracing had been conducted after the White House learned of the staffer's illness, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Trump tested negative for the virus last week, after he was in close contact with multiple people at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida who had been exposed to the coronavirus.

When asked if Trump would take another test after learning that a White House staffer had tested positive, Trump told reporters “I feel great.”