Ben Carson, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has tested positive for COVID-19.
Carson tested positive for the virus on Monday.
“He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics that will support and significantly accelerate his recovery,” Carson’s deputy chief of staff, Coalter Baker, told Washington Newsday in a statement.
At 69 years of age, Carson is in the category of people at higher risk from COVID-19.
Carson’s diagnosis comes days after his participation in the White House election night party, where he did not wear a mask, as some reporters also noted in the social media.
It will further fuel concerns that the party may have been a super-dissemination event after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive for coronavirus after his participation.
The Associated Press reported that the White House kept quiet about its recent coronavirus outbreak, but a top Trump campaign official and a handful of unnamed White House staff were among those who tested positive after the nightly rally party.
Everyone at the East Room event was tested before the party, according to AP, where few masks were worn and little social distancing was observed.
He was admitted to the hospital about a month after President Donald Trump was admitted after testing positive for the virus. First Lady Melania Trump and several other top aides have also been infected with the virus.
Days before the president confirmed that he was infected, the White House held an event to celebrate Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
There was little social distancing or mask use at the event, which has since been called the “Superspreader” event after several people who attended later tested positive for the coronavirus.
The president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed nearly 240,000 lives in the United States, may have played a significant role in his failure to win a second term in office.
Joe Biden, who criticized the reaction of the Trump administration throughout his campaign, was declared the winner of the 2020 election on Saturday.
He has made it his top priority to get the virus under control – and on Monday he announced members of a coronavirus task force that will advise him on a plan that his administration will implement after he moves into the White House in January.
The White House was asked for additional comments.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information.