About 900 U.S. Secret Service employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to government records obtained by a government watchdog group.
Secret Service files show that 881 people on the agency’s payroll were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. More than 11% of secret service employees have been infected.
Secret Service spokeswoman Justine Whelan said employee COVID-19 testing was proactive with more than 25,000 tests administered.
“The Secret Service’s essential law enforcement mission required that agency employees remain in constant contact with the public during the pandemic,” Whelan said. “Now and throughout the pandemic, the Secret Service was fully prepared and staffed to successfully meet these challenges. “
Records received as part of a Freedom of Information Act request did not include the names or assignments of those who tested positive. But more than half – 477 – worked in the special agents division, which is responsible for protecting the president and vice president, as well as the families of those leaders and other government officials.
CREW noted that the Trump administration took steps that risked exposure to Secret Service workers, but could not verify a direct link to possible infections because the identities of those infected remain private.
After President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19, he took a ride in his presidential vehicle as Secret Service personnel drove and protected him. The former president has also staged several large rallies and events, including the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court, despite restrictions on public gatherings.
The Secret Service employs approximately 3,200 special agents, 1,300 uniformed divisional officers and over 2,000 other technical, professional and administrative support personnel.
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