A Secret Service employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a United States Secret Service (USSS) spokesperson confirmed on Monday.
“A U.S. Secret Service employee has tested positive for COVID-19,” the spokesperson confirmed. “The employee is currently in quarantine. The agency will continue to monitor the employee’s condition.”
According to the agency, the employee who tested positive has not been in contact with other employees or those under the agency’s protection for roughly three weeks.
“The Secret Service is committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees, its protectees, and the public,” the spokesperson said.
“Accordingly, the agency continues to follow all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and continues to communicate those updates to the workforce,” the spokesperson added.
A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff tested positive for the Chinese virus last week, prompting the vice president and his wife, second lady Karen Pence, to get tested.
“Given the unique position that I have as vice president and the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus this afternoon,” Pence told reporters.
Both tested negative.
“Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence,” Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, announced on Saturday:
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) March 22, 2020
President Trump has also tested negative for the virus.