Multiple White House staffers test positive for coronavirus

Multiple White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 as a new round of aides become infected with the virus.

An official familiar with the matter confirmed the positive test results to The Hill, though did not immediately clarify exactly how many staffers had tested positive.

CNN reported that two staffers had tested positive.


“Any positive case is taken seriously. Contact tracing has been conducted by the White House Medical Unit consistent with CDC guidelines to stop further transmission. Appropriate notifications and recommendations have been made,” said White House spokesperson Judd DeereJudd DeereHere's how presidents move into the White House in just hours on Inauguration Day Pence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Trump stares down new impeachment threat MORE.

The news comes a day after officials confirmed that White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' How scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses MORE tested positive for the coronavirus, emerging as the latest high-ranking White House staffer to test positive for the highly-contagious virus. It was not immediately clear when Meadows contracted the virus or when he tested positive, but he was seen at President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday afternoon without a mask on.

Meadows oftentimes works closely with Trump, including when the president had his own bout with the coronavirus in October. Last month saw a rash of positive test results among White House aides, including Stephen MillerStephen MillerHouse plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal Trump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee MORE, Kayleigh McEnany and Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE.

The new cases come as the nation sees an alarming rise in infections across the country, with indications emerging that the U.S. is heading toward a third wave before the cold winter months, which are expected to exacerbate the pandemic even further.

The country set a new record Friday for the number of cases with nearly 9.7 million, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Brett Samuels contributed.