“It seems likely that this (outbreak) originated in the SCOTUS announcement last week. It may have come from Hill. The next major concern will be securing Capitol Hill and protecting legislators,” the official said.
Last Saturday’s ceremony brought together top aides and allies of the White House, cabinet members, Republican lawmakers, friends and family of Barrett, who have since tested negative, but this week she was diagnosed with the disease, along with her husband, earlier this year. . They both recovered. Trump, who tested positive for the virus early on Friday, was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later that day and is expected to be there in the next few days. The Supreme Court was declared open-air, but Barrett and others also gathered inside the White House.
At home and abroad, participants were observed without masks and did not practice the recommended social distancing measures.
It is unclear how many of their mates were revealed over the course of the week. Senate Republicans hold several lunches during the week, and Tillis and Lee, along with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who also tested positive, have all participated this week.
Seven people who attended the Barrett event, including Trump, have tested positive for the virus since then. A number of them can be seen in the before and after video chat, all without masks. Rector of Notre Dame Sr. John Jenkins, who has traveled to the event and has since tested positive, said that participants were screened with rapid response tests and told it was safe to take off their masks when they tested negative.
In all, 11 cases have been reported among Republican elected officials, current and former Trump aides and Jenkins, since last week. 16 hours after announcing he had contracted the virus, Trump was taken by helicopter to receive treatment in Walter Reed, Maryland. Trump revealed he was undergoing testing after he told Bloomberg that his close aide, Hope Hicks, had contracted the virus.
Since then, the number of cases in Trump’s orbit has increased to include the president and first lady Melania Trump, former White House advisor Cillian Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stephen, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for the debate. And the three Republican Senators Lee, Tillis and Johnson.
Hicks, Johnson and Stephen did not attend the nominating ceremony and Republican National Committee Chair Rona McDaniel, who has been home since last Saturday, according to an RNC spokesperson.
In addition to Barrett, Attorney General Bill Barr, Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Republican Senator Ben Sacy of Nebraska, who can be seen wearing alongside Tillis Mask in the Rose Garden, and Josh Hawley of Missouri, were among those in attendance. And Kelly Loeffler from Georgia, all of whom reported negative results.