WASHINGTON – Two other White House residence staff tested positive for Covid-19 almost three weeks ago, a White House official confirmed to NBC News on Friday.
This brings to four the number of residence staff who have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks, including three housekeeping staff who work on the third floor of the residence and an assistant to the bailiff chief.
None of the four came into contact with the first family, the official said, and all were wearing masks.
The news, first reported by The New York Times, comes a week after President Donald Trump was checked in at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for Covid-19.
Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening and is receiving treatment for the disease, fearing it remains contagious and could infect people inside the White House compound.
On Wednesday, the president returned to the Oval Office and posted a video declaring himself essentially “cured” of Covid-19. Trump’s doctors, however, were kept on details of his medical condition; White House doctor Dr Sean Conley said earlier this week that they wouldn’t know if he was out of the woods until this weekend.
The White House has been hit hard by the virus, with senior aides Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller testing positive, as well as press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, numerous members of the press office and White House staff.
More than a dozen people who have rubbed shoulders with Trump in recent days have tested positive for Covid-19, many of whom attended the White House ceremony for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett on September 26.