Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has been tested positive for nCov as stated by the HUD spokesperson this Monday.
This makes him the 2nd senior official to be present an election night occasion at the White House to contract the virus.
Carson’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Coalter Baker, said that Secretary Carson is in good health and feels lucky to have access to effective therapeutics which help and notably speed-up his recovery.
Carson’s age—69—places him at a greater risk group for severe virus problems than those in Trump’s administration who have acquired the virus. Carson has been a good neurosurgeon for years.
Officials reported over the weekend that Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, along with four other unidentified White House staff, had also contracted the virus.
It’s not known when Meadows or the workers were first diagnosed, but he was among the hundreds of people who visited the White House election night party in the East Room, where few masks were worn and social distances were scarcely seen.
A senior administration official said that after Carson started to show symptoms, he visited Walter Reed and obtained a positive coronavirus diagnosis.
The visit of the secretary to the hospital was short, and he’s now resting at home.
The secretary hasn’t been withHUD staff lately, so no HUD employees is reported to have been infected.
HUD is currently conducting transmission tracing, the official said.
The growing epidemic comes weeks after more than two dozen people tested positive in President Trump ‘s orbit following the Rose Garden case in September — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, including President Trump.