EPA chief quarantining after exposure to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19

EPA Administrator Andrew WheelerAndrew WheelerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Groups sue EPA over 'backwards' lead rule | 12 states, green groups sue EPA over airline standards they deem insufficient | Biden taps Janet McCabe to serve as deputy at EPA 12 states, green groups sue EPA over airline standards they deem insufficient Groups sue EPA over 'backwards' lead rule MORE will quarantine after he was exposed to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. 

“Earlier today I was informed I experienced secondary exposure from an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. After consulting my doctor and out of an abundance of caution, I will quarantine until I’ve gone through the proper testing protocols,” Wheeler said in a statement. 

EPA spokesperson James Hewitt told The Hill in a follow-up email that Wheeler "was exposed to an individual who at the time of exposure had not yet tested positive, was wearing a mask, and was/still is asymptomatic."


The country’s top environmental official was previously slated to speak at the Nixon Library this week for the opening of a new environmental exhibit, but said he will now participate virtually. 

“I look forward to carrying out agency business as usual,” he said. 

Wheeler’s quarantine doesn’t mean he has the coronavirus, but other high profile Trump officials have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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More than 270,000 Americans have been killed by the coronavirus. 

Updated at 5:11 p.m.