Soon after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, a torrent of fellow Republicans in his inner circle also revealed positive test results in early October. Spread of the novel coronavirus among the GOP seems to have stemmed from the Rose Garden event during which Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was announced, along with the presidential debate held in Cleveland. But what Republicans have tested positive for COVID so far?
Donald and Melania Trump tested positive for COVID on Oct. 2.
News that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 dominated headlines on Oct. 2. According to multiple reports the POTUS had a fever and cold-like symptoms. He was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he will spend "the next few days." So far, Trump has received an experimental Regeneron treatment and a drug called remdesivir.
"I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support. I'm going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I'm doing very well," Trump said in a short video posted to Twitter. We're going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much, I appreciate it. I will never forget it. Thank you," he said.
As for First Lady Melania Trump, she also tested positive. "Thank you for the love you are sending our way," she tweeted on Oct. 2. "I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good I am looking forward to a speedy recovery."
Donald and Melania's son Barron tested negative for COVID-19 — and so did Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier.
News that Hope Hicks, a close adviser to the president, had tested positive for COVID-19 came late on Oct. 1 — a day ahead of Trump's positive test result. She had traveled with the POTUS aboard Air Force One earlier in the week, both for Tuesday's debate in Cleveland, Ohio, and at a rally the following day in Minnesota. Immediately after Hope tested positive for COVID-19 (and before he tested positive himself), he started quarantine.
Kellyanne Conway tested positive for COVID, too.
Kellyanne Conway tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday as well. Although Kellyanne resigned from her position as an advisor at the White House in September, she made an appearance at the Rose Garden event held on Sept. 26. The crowded event — at which Donald Trump announced his nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — is now being considered a super-spreader for COVID-19, according to The Guardian.
Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for COVID-19.
We’re gonna need a bigger boat.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 3, 2020
1. Donald Trump
2. Melania Trump
3. Hope Hicks
4. Kellyanne Conway
5. Bill Stepien
6. Thom Tillis
7. Mike Lee
8. Ronna McDaniel
9. Rev. John Jenkins
Another Republican who tested positive for COVID-19: Chris Christie.
I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 3, 2020
On Oct. 4, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who helped President Trump prepare for the first presidential debate — revealed he had tested positive as well.
"I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19," he tweeted. "I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition."
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive, too.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, tested positive for COVID and has been experiencing mild symptoms, The New York Times reported. She was with President Trump on Sept. 25, and has reportedly been quarantining at her home in Michigan since testing positive on Sept. 30.
Sen. Thom Tillis is yet another Republican who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tonight my COVID-19 test came back positive. I’m following the recommendations of my doctor. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and feel well. COVID is a very contagious virus. If you were exposed or start to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate, and get tested. pic.twitter.com/fwc826dkvQ— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) October 3, 2020
"Tonight my COVID-19 test came back positive," Sen. Thom Tillis — a U.S. senator from North Carolina — tweeted on Friday. "I’m following the recommendations of my doctor. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and feel well," he tweeted at the time. "COVID is a very contagious virus. If you were exposed or start to display symptoms, please call your doctor, self-isolate, and get tested."
Add Sen. Mike Lee to the list of Republicans who have COVID.
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, tested positive on Oct. 2.
Sen. Ron Johnson tested positive.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson — a Republican from Wisconsin — tested positive on Oct. 3.
Trump's personal assistant, Nicholas Luna, tested positive for COVID-19.
Nicholas Luna, a White House aide among those who work closest to President Trump, tested positive for COVID-19, multiple news outlets reported on Oct. 4.
Additionally, three journalists who work at the White House tested positive on Oct. 2, according to memos from the White House Correspondents Association, CNN reported.
A number of sitting Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19, too, in case you're curious. (Former Vice President Joe Biden has tested negative.) Hopefully, everyone is able to make a speedy recovery without any serious medical complications.
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