White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is the youngest member of the Trump administration to test positive for the new coronavirus, raising concerns about possible exposure of others.
Bloomberg was the first to report Meadows’ positive diagnosis, which was confirmed by the Associated Press. It is unclear when he tested positive, but Meadows attended a party at the White House on Tuesday night on election night. His own positive diagnosis comes a month after President Donald Trump tested positive.
White House officials are tested regularly, and it is also unclear when Meadows became infected or whether he is showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone who has been in “close contact” with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days since exposure. “Close contact” as defined by the CDC is anyone who has been within a six-foot radius of an infected person for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours, beginning two days before the onset of the disease or at the time of the positive test.
This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.