Fauci is expected to work primarily from home, but can go to his office while observing social distancing and wearing a face mask, said the official.
Fauci is the third senior member of the White House coronavirus task force to enter a form of quarantine.
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield is also expected to self-quarantine after being exposed to a White House assistant who tested positive for the coronavirus, two administration officials said to NBC News, as did FDA director Stephen Hahn.
Redfield and Hahn will testify before a Senate hearing on the reopening of the economy via auto-quarantine videoconference on Tuesday. Fauci’s quarantine is “changed” because he still plans to testify in person before the Senate hearing, although this is subject to change.
The virus hit President Donald Trump’s circle this week after one of his personal valets and vice president Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller both turned positive.
When asked if the president and vice-president would quarantine, White House spokesman Judd Deere reiterated a statement released earlier in the week, saying that the doctor and staff Trump was taking all measures to ensure the safety and health of the President, his family and the White House. .
“In addition to social isolation, daily temperature checks and symptom history, hand sanitizer and regular thorough cleaning of all workspaces, each member of staff near the president and the vice president is tested COVID-19 daily as well as any guest, “said Deere.
Trump and Pence tested negative for the virus on Thursday. The president and vice president have been criticized for not wearing masks at public events. Trump did not wear a mask at the Honeywell mask factory, and Pence did not wear a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic, even if it was necessary.