Updated: March 4, 2021
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19.
She tested positive on Monday after testing negative “consistently, including every day since Thursday,” she said in a tweet on Monday.
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She said she is beginning the “quarantine process” and will continue to work remotely.
“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms.
“No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitely had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people at this time.
“With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American people remotely,” McEnany said.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are currently battling the disease as well.
Trump, who has consistently downplayed and dismissed the coronavirus as a hoax, or as a not too serious illness that would disappear on its own, is hospitalized at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, just outside Washington DC.
Since Trump announced his diagnosis on Friday morning, dozens of people, including three Republican senators, a former governor, journalists and several aides have tested positive for the virus as well.