RNC chief of staff tests positive for coronavirus

RNC chief of staff tests positive for coronavirus
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Republican National Committee (RNC) chief of staff Richard Walters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making him the latest in a number of Republican officials to be diagnosed with the virus.

An RNC official confirmed that Walters has tested positive and said that the party “is following CDC guidance and notifying staff who came in contact with him.”

His case was revealed shortly after news that Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiSunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump's removal grow Trump's refusal to concede sows confusion among staff Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions MORE, a senior adviser to President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s reelection campaign, had also tested positive for COVID-19. The cases do not appear to have an immediate connection.


Lewandowski is one of several individuals present at the White House election night event last week who have since tested positive for the virus. Walters was not at the White House on election night, the RNC official said.

Other members of Trump’s circle who have tested positive for the virus in the past week include chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Trump leaves White House, promises to be back in 'some form' LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonTrump's '1776 Report' released on MLK Day receives heavy backlash Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians Ben Carson dismisses 25th Amendment talk: 'As a nation we need to heal' MORE and White House political director Brian Jack, all of whom were at the election night party.

News of the two cases comes more than a week after the election.