Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine 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 Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE, have since tested positive for the virus.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE has been declared the winner of the 2020 election, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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.