More Big DC Names Are Self-Isolating

Including a senator and the chief of naval operations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2020 1:02 AM CDT
More Big DC Names Are Self-Isolating
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020.   (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Three of the Trump administration's top coronavirus officials were exposed to the virus. The vice president was self-isolating after his press secretary tested positive. A personal valet for the president, plus a number of Secret Service agents, have also tested positive. And on Sunday, the AP reported Sen. Lamar Alexander will be self-quarantining at home in Tennessee for two weeks, rather than returning to Washington this week, after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19. The staffer is recovering at home.

The US chief of naval operations will also self-quarantine after coming into contact with a family member who tested positive, CNN reports. Adm. Michael Gilday was tested Friday and was negative for the virus, but will continue to self-isolate for a few days. Meanwhile, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel, tested positive for the virus Saturday but tested negative in a subsequent test the same day; he will be tested again Monday to confirm he is still negative. As for VP Mike Pence, a spokesperson says he'll be back at the White House on Monday after staying home for the weekend, per the AP. Pence "will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine," the rep says. "Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day." (More coronavirus stories.)

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