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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 LewandowskiThe Memo: The mystery of post-presidency Trump Trump frustrated with pace of super PAC Dozens of Trump appointees 'burrow' into Biden government MORE, a senior adviser to President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE’s reelection campaign, had also tested positive for COVID-19. The cases do not appear to have an immediate connection.

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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 MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonGovernment indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools Watchdog blames Puerto Rico hurricane relief delays on Trump-era bureaucracy 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.