White House Virus Task Force Members Enter Quarantine Following Exposure

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CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield (L) and Dr. Anthony Fauci after a press briefing at the White House, Washington, April 16, 2020.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield (L) and Dr. Anthony Fauci after a press briefing at the White House, Washington, April 16, 2020.Credit: Alex Brandon,AP

Three U.S. officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci, were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman and media reports.

Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the most prominent faces on U.S. President Donald Trump's coronavirus taskforce. He will begin a "modified quarantine" after making "low risk" contact with an unidentified White House staffer who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the United States' top infectious disease expert told CNN on Saturday.

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To be on the safe side, he will work from home for 14 days and wear a mask continually during that time. He may go to his office if he is the only one there, the report added.

U.S. President Donald Trump passes CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield during a briefing about the coronavirus at the White House in Washington, D.C. April 22, 2020Credit: Alex Brandon,AP

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield "will be teleworking for the next two weeks" after a "low-risk exposure" on Wednesday to a person at the White House who has the disease, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing a spokesman.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, an FDA spokesman told Reuters late on Friday.

Hahn immediately took a diagnostic test for the coronavirus and the results were negative, FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said in an emailed statement.

"As Dr. Hahn wrote in a note to staff today, he recently came into contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Per CDC guidelines, he is now in self-quarantine for the next two weeks," the FDA spokesman said.

Politico reported that Hahn had come into contact with Katie Miller, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary.

Miller, the wife of one of President Donald Trump's senior advisers, tested positive on Friday, raising alarm about the virus' potential spread within the White House's innermost circle.

The diagnosis of Miller, who is married to White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller, was revealed by Trump in a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Friday. A valet for Vice President Mike Pence has also tested positive.

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