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White House wanted to keep Hope Hicks's positive COVID-19 test private: report

Senior White House staff wanted to keep news of Hope HicksHope HicksTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus Women set to take key roles in Biden administration MORE’s positive coronavirus test private, Bloomberg News reported Friday.

Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a source confirmed to The Hill, but only a very small circle of people initially knew Hicks had tested positive, and senior staff sought to keep that information from being made public, according to Bloomberg.

A White House spokesperson told The Hill on Friday that it's up to Hicks, not the White House, to decide whether to make personal health information public.

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Bloomberg reported that after news of Hicks's diagnosis, White House staff began planning how to handle campaigning and presidential duties in a scenario where President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE tests positive for the virus. Hours later, the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGarth Brooks, Joan Baez among this year's Kennedy Center honorees Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots The Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week MORE announced that they tested positive for the virus.

Aides close to the president said they sensed he was not feeling well starting Wednesday, according to Bloomberg. Some aides did not learn about the president’s illness until Friday morning.

The Trumps said they are "feeling good" and quarantining for now. The president has canceled upcoming campaign events, with the election just a month away on Nov. 3.