“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health,” Pence’s spokesman Devin O’Malley reported Saturday evening as he confirmed that Pence’s right hand, Short, contracted the virus.
Pence is not expected to cancel any of his scheduled events in light of his top aide’s illness, O’Malley noted, adding that the VP “will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
The decision for Pence to continue his public engagements was made “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit,” the spokesman said.
Short, who served as Director for Legislative Affairs in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2018 and, since March 2019, has been Pence’s chief of staff, is considered to be a “close contact” to the Vice President.
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