Barrett tested positive for COVID-19 in summer but has since recovered: report
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year but has since recovered, according to officials familiar with her diagnosis.
Two officials told The Washington Post she tested positive for the coronavirus this summer. The officials requested anonymity because they are not authorized to disclose Barrett’s medical history.
Barrett was administered a COVID-19 test following the news that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus early Friday morning. Barrett’s test results came back negative.
“She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequently washes hands,” deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere told the Post, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deere added that since Barrett is the Supreme Court nominee, she is now tested for the virus daily.
The Hill reached out to the White House but did not immediately receive a response.
Barrett is on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame, though the school’s spokesperson declined to comment about her personal health.
“It would be inappropriate for the university to provide information on an employee’s health history,” the spokesman, Dennis Brown, said.
Barrett was in close proximity to Trump Saturday during her nomination ceremony to the Supreme Court in the White House Rose Garden.
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a University spokesperson on Friday.
Jenkins previously issued an apology for not wearing a face covering at Barrett’s nomination ceremony at the White House.