Worker in building housing White House staff tests positive for coronavirus

25 Juillet, 2020, 05:20 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • White House cafeteria closed after positive coronavirus test

"There is no reason for panic or alarm", the White House said in an email sent to officials Wednesday night and obtained by NBC News.

The White House noted it is now tracing the employee's contacts to ensure they didn't pass it on to other workers, sending an email to officials and staffers apparently attempting to tamp down on concerns.

A pair of cafeterias regularly used by White House staff members were closed this week after a person tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a Government Services Administration spokesperson told The Hill.

It was not clear how long the facility will remain closed, although some staffers were told it could stay shut for two weeks, NBC News reported.

The locations, Ike's Eatery and another cafeteria, are not located in the White House itself, but in the Eisenhower Executive Office building. "The White House Medical Unit has already conducted contact tracing and based off of their interviews, they have determined that no EOP staff should self-quarantine due to exposure".

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Since then, the White House has done everything possible to prevent Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from contracting the virus, even when traveling to states where cases are emerging.

Eight members of the Trump campaign tested positive following Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma - his official return to the campaign trail.

Trump, who has tested negative for the infection, has resumed daily briefings about the virus, in light of an increasingly worrying picture nationwide.

The White House recently ended regular temperature checks for all those entering the White House complex but those who will come into close contact with Trump also should be given still given rapid tests.

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