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Internal memo links 34 coronavirus cases to White House: report

Thirty-four White House staffers and “other contacts” have been infected with the coronavirus in recent days, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) memo obtained by ABC News.

The figure is 10 more than 24 staffers previously reported, although the memo did not specify the nature of the “other contacts,” according to ABC.

The memo says an unnamed top adviser to the president is among those who have tested positive for the virus. While the adviser is not named, two senior aides to President Trump, Stephen Miller and Hope Hicks, have tested positive for the virus — Hicks last week and Miller on Tuesday evening.

Several people who attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court have since tested positive for the virus. Among them are the president himself, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, and Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and several members of her staff have also tested positive for the virus, as has Republican National Committee head Ronna McDaniel and Trump campaign director Bill Stepien.

Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday, after the White House confirmed he had tested positive for the virus. He checked out of the hospital Monday evening. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends self-isolation for 14 days after the onset of symptoms, the White House said Trump returned to working from the Oval Office on Wednesday.

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

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