Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonSunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools MORE has tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesperson and a longtime adviser confirmed on Monday.

"Spoke with my brother Dr. Carson earlier and he is doing extraordinarily well. He is so grateful to have access to powerful therapeutics. We also pray for the millions who celebrated over the weekend and may have exposed themselves to COVID19," tweeted Armstrong Williams, who advised Carson's presidential campaign.

A HUD spokesperson also confirmed the diagnosis.


Carson is the latest high-ranking Trump administration official to contract the virus.

ABC News, which first reported Carson had tested positive, noted that Carson was experiencing symptoms on Monday morning but was in good spirits.

Carson attended a White House gathering on election night last week, where dozens of guests mingled and few wore masks or observed social distancing. Several White House staff members, including chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' Trump takes two punches from GOP Watchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ MORE, have since tested positive for the virus.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE has been declared the winner of the 2020 election, but President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE has refused to concede. Carson and other administration officials have largely avoided commenting on the election results thus far.

Carson, who ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016, has been one of just a handful of officials to serve in Trump's Cabinet since the beginning of his term, and he has been the lone Black person in the Cabinet throughout.


The U.S. has the most reported coronavirus infections and deaths of any country in the world with roughly 10 million cases and more than 235,000 deaths.

News of Carson's diagnosis comes the same morning that administration officials have touted an announcement from Pfizer that late-stage clinical trial data show that its vaccine candidate is over 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

--Updated at 12:00 p.m.