LIVE UPDATES: Trump, First Lady test positive for coronavirus; others being tested

Biden, Pence test negative on Friday

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Air Force One to travel to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 -- and now many who have been near the president are being tested.

Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19. Many White House and senior administration officials were undergoing tests Friday, but the full scale of the outbreak around the president may not be known for some time as it can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test. Officials with the White House Medical Unit were still in the process of tracing the president’s contacts, the official said.

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Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning, hours after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence “remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

Other updates:

  • Joe Biden and Jill Biden have both tested negative for COVID-19. Biden will deliver remarks in Grand Rapids at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The White House says Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were both tested again on Friday and are both negative.
  • The New York Times reports Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. “She has mild symptoms. She was last with POTUS last Friday and has been in Michigan since then.
  • Attorney General Barr has tested negative for COVID-19.

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