White House political director Brian Jack is the last White House official to test positive for coronavirus. Jack and two other helpers tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend after several reports.
More than a week ago, Jack attended a White House election night event where most of the participants were not wearing masks. Since the event in the hall, three more people who attended have tested positive for the virus.
Of the several hundred guests who gathered in the East Hall to witness the election results, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, and President Donald Trump’s chief legal advisor David Bossie tested positive for COVID-19.
The news that Jack tested positive came two days after Carson and Bossie were diagnosed.
After the symptoms of COVID-19 appeared, Carson’s deputy chief of staff announced that the secretary tested positive Monday morning at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Later that day, Bloomberg News reported that Boisse tested positive for COVID-19. Bossie is leading the president’s legal team on a series of lawsuits against the vote count in the November 3 election.
Meadows tested positive for the corona virus the day after he attended the election night party. Since Meadows’ diagnosis, at least 12 people in Trump’s orbit have tested positive, according to ABC News.
There has been speculation that the election night party may repeat an earlier White House event – Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court – which was later considered a coronavirus superspreading event.
The President himself became infected with COVID-19 after attending the September event on the Rose Lawn.
First Lady Melania Trump, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, California Pastor Greg Laurie, President of the University of Notre Dame John Jenkins, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s former advisor, Kellyanne Conway, Utah Senator Mike Lee, and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis were also confirmed to be infected with coronavirus after attending the event on the rose lawn.
Several Cabinet members attended the event on election night, including Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, and Secretary of Health and Labor Alex Azar, the only one photographed wearing a mask.
Following Jack’s diagnosis, Bloomberg News reported that former Trump campaign aide Healy Baumagardner, who attended the election night party as a guest of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also tested positive for COVID-19.
The White House declined Washington Newsday’s request for a comment.
Update 11.11.20 4:54 p.m. ET This message was updated to include a second helper who tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to Jack.