WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday.
Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on Saturday and remain in good health.READ MORE: Wisconsin DOJ Administrator Alleges 'Ongoing' Racial, Sexual Harassment
Short is Pence’s closest aide and the vice president is considered a “close contact” under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. O’Malley says that “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
Those guidelines mandate that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.
After a day of campaigning Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two once the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public.READ MORE: Bomb Squad Responds After Treasure Hunters Bring Mortar To Nimrod Bar
Pence is scheduled to appear in Hibbing, Minnesota Monday.
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Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for COVID-19 today. Pence and his wife both tested negative today, but Pence will remain on the campaign trail despite being considered a close contact of Short —> pic.twitter.com/zmXQYDbXQm
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) October 25, 2020
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