Trump Administration Officials Ben Carson, David Bossie Test Positive For Coronavirus

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks in Atlanta in September. Carson is the most current White House authorities to evaluate favorable for the coronavirus.

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks in Atlanta in September. Carson is the latest White House authorities to check positive for the coronavirus.

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Ben Carson, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has actually evaluated favorable for the coronavirus, as has David Bossie, a long time Trump ally and campaign assistant.

The news comes days after a number of other leading Trump administration officials were likewise found to be infected with the infection.

The 2 are the latest in a slew of high-ranking authorities who have contracted the infection, consisting of President Trump and the very first girl. Mark Meadows, Trumps chief of staff, likewise just recently evaluated favorable for the coronavirus.

News of the positive tests came as President-elect Joe Biden repeated his message of mask-wearing as a method to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Biden warned of a “extremely dark winter” looming, with the U.S. seeing record infections in current weeks.

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NPR validated Bossies condition with a source knowledgeable about the matter, but who was not licensed to speak publicly.

Carson, 69, a retired neurosurgeon who has actually been a staunch fan of the president, was dealt with briefly at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to ABC.

Biden earlier Monday announced the formation of a 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board charged with drawing up a blueprint for reacting to the pandemic.

Bossie had actually been collaborating events in battleground states as part of the Trump campaigns legal battle to object to the election. He took a trip to Phoenix recently for one such event on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Like Meadows, Carson was at an Election Day enjoy party in the White House East Room last Tuesday, though it wasnt immediately clear if that might be where he became infected.

” A mask is not a political statement, but it is an excellent way to start bringing America back together,” Biden stated on Monday. “The goal is to return to regular as quick as possible.”

” Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus,” HUD deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker verified in an e-mail to NPR. “He remains in excellent spirits and feels fortunate to have access to reliable therapies which aid and significantly speed his recovery.”

Also on Monday, pharmaceutical huge Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, revealed that their experimental vaccine was 90% effective in avoiding COVID-19– news that sent out shares on Wall Street into a sharp rise.