Fourth White House press aide tests positive for COVID-19

White House assistant press secretary Jalen Drummond tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a Bloomberg News reporter, adding to the growing list of people to contract the virus after attending a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

Drummond is the third aide under White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to test positive for COVID-19. Press deputies Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt have also reportedly tested positive for the virus, according to CNN, and McEnany herself tested positive on Monday

Drummond was reportedly in attendance at the White House Rose Garden event on Sept. 26, in which President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE as an associate Supreme Court justice.


Since the event, multiple attendees close to the president have tested positive for the virus, including the president himself and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Ashley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE

Others around the president who have tested positive include former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Trump's 'influence will wane as he fades into history as a pariah' Pence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE, former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSenator releases photos of man wanted in connection with Capitol riot Press: Only one week left, why impeach him twice? The Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week MORE, and Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE (Wis.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans wrestle over removing Trump Lawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE (Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 MORE (N.C.). 

Zeke Miller, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), said in a statement that he was “concerned” by the reported diagnosis, and has not been provided information by the White House. “We are told that close contacts for any cases will be traced and notified by the White House Medical Unit according to CDC guidelines,” Miller said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

"The press office has informed us that WHMU has assessed that there are no close-contacts among the press corps for any cases confirmed today," Miller also said Tuesday.

The WHCA announced last Friday that three White House correspondents have tested positive for COVID-19, and several others are self-isolating pending testing. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.