Pence to work from White House after aide tests positive for COVID-19

Vice President Pence will continue working from the White House this week after his press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, a spokesman said Sunday.

"Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine. Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow," Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

Multiple news outlets reported that Pence was self-isolating after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday. One person familiar with the matter told The Hill that Pence may lay low for a few days and take extra precautions.


Three of the government's top health officials have since announced they are going into some form of self-quarantine after interacting with Miller in the days leading up to her positive test. 

Food and Drug Administration Administrator Stephen Hahn and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield both intend to self-quarantine, according to spokespeople. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House holds briefing with COVID-19 response team CDC director: Vaccinated adolescents can remove masks outdoors at summer camps The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE, the top infectious diseases expert at the National Institutes of Health, said he will go into a "modified" self-quarantine.

All three are members of the White House coronavirus task force, which is led by Pence. Miller is said to have sat in on at least one of the group's meetings last week.

The three health officials were also slated to testify before a Senate committee this week and will now do so via videoconference.

Miller, who is married to senior White House adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerSunday shows preview: Biden hits the road to promote infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Trump speechwriter calls Biden address 'tedious' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to take stock, revive push for big government MORE, was one of two White House officials to test positive for the coronavirus last week. The other is a military member who works as a valet for President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE.


The two positive tests have raised concerns about the virus spreading within the building and forced officials to reckon with how best to protect the president and vice president.

Trump and Pence have gone from being tested weekly to being tested daily, and officials have said they will institute additional procedures in the coming days to further limit their exposure to the virus.

The White House has downplayed the immediacy of the threat within the building, but the positive tests have also highlighted the difficulty the administration faces in convincing Americans it is safe to start returning to work. Many states have started lifting their restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus even as their respective infection numbers continue to increase.