Cafeteria worker on White House grounds tests positive for COVID-19

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Administration officials were alerted Wednesday that a cafeteria employee on White House grounds tested positive for the coronavirus, a Government Services Administration spokesperson confirmed Thursday. 

Ike’s Eatery, located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and the New Executive Office Building’s cafeteria have been temporarily shut down, NBC News and CNN reported Wednesday evening.  

An email alerting employees of the positive case reportedly advises that risk of transmission is low due to precautions in place, including gloves and masks, CNN reported, citing the email. 

“There is no reason for panic or alarm,” the email reads, according to CNN. 

The White House referred questions about reports of the positive COVID-19 case to the General Services Administration (GSA), which maintains the building with the reported COVID-19 case. 

Asked about reports of the positive case, a GSA spokesperson told The Hill in an email “All proper protocols were in place by the vendor including masks, gloves, plastic shielding at check out, and no dine-in service.” 

“The White House Medical Unit has done contact tracing and determined that the risk of retransmission is low,” the spokesperson added. 

The GSA did not say how many staffers may have been exposed or how long the cafeteria will remain closed.

The email to administration officials also stated that the White House conducted contract tracing and claims no executive office staff need to quarantine due to exposure, CNN reported. 

Three Trump administration officials also told NBC News that the White House is conducting contact tracing after a cafeteria worker tested positive for the coronavirus.


The reported positive COVID-19 case is not the first time White House officials and others in proximity to President Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Updated Thursday at 9:29 a.m.

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