Coronavirus Update: A Look at the Outbreak in the White House

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President Donald Trump remains hospitalized at Walter Reed, but says that he plans to leave Walter Reed to go back to the White House at 6:30 pm E.T. Monday.

According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 35.2 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over one million deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 7.4 million cases with 209,000 deaths.

Since there have been a ton of headlines throughout the weekend, let’s take a step back and break it down.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. McEnany’s aides Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt have also tested positive for the virus.

Now--to recap--as of Monday afternoon, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Notre Dame president John Jenkins, Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Chris Christie, Senators Mike Lee, Thom Tillis and Ron Johnson as well as Trump’s bodyguard Nick Luna have all tested positive.

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence tested negative on Monday morning, we also got negative test results from Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday, and he’s currently quarantining until mid-week. On Monday we got negative test results from Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

I asked Dr. Rashid Chotani, medical director at IEM, what his advice would be for anyone who has come in contact with someone who has tested positive--especially someone in the White House--and he told me, “...any contact that [President Trump or Melania Trump] might have had needs to be quarantined until it is absolutely sure that they do not have the disease. So yes. I would not suggest anybody to be out there doing anything, exposing anybody else or making themselves at risk in terms of where they are in their age, etc., to not take this seriously.”

And I asked whether or not, on Friday, he’d apply that to Joe Biden, who was at the debate with President Trump days before Trump tested positive and he said that while he’s sure the Cleveland Clinic took all precautions, he would still say that “...Biden testing negative [Friday] really doesn't mean too much in terms of his exposure to an individual who has tested positive. So essentially, guidelines are that if you are exposed to an individual that is positive, then you've got to quarantine yourself. You've got to test and quarantine yourself.”

Biden tested negative again on Sunday--after a negative test on Friday--but did hold an event in Michigan on Friday. Pence, who has also been in contact with multiple people who have now tested positive, still reportedly plans to campaign as Trump remains in the hospital.

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