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At least 11 at Secret Service training center tested positive for coronavirus in August

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Nearly a dozen employees at a Secret Service training facility contracted the coronavirus in August, according to a new report. 

The employees, of which there are believed to be at least 11, contracted the virus during training sessions and a graduation ceremony where no social distancing was practiced, The New York Times reported on Friday.

The Times was alerted to the positive cases at the training center, which sits in rural Maryland, by the watchdog group the Project on Government Oversight. The Times said it was able to independently confirm several of the key details in the group’s investigation into the outbreak. 

The report comes just hours after President Trump announced overnight Thursday that he and first lady Melania Trump have contracted the virus. 

News of the virus first entering Trump’s inner circle came late Thursday, with several outlets reporting Hope Hicks, a top aide to the president, had been tested this week after exhibiting symptoms. 

Hicks traveled with the president and members of his family to Tuesday’s presidential debate and his rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. 

In July, a cafeteria worker at the White House tested positive for the virus, and the administration said Trump had not been exposed to the individual. 

Trump and the first lady remain in quarantine. 

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