In a pre-recorded address to the Republican National Conference to be released on August 27, 2020, Housing and Urban Development Minister Ben Carson spoke inside an empty Mellon Auditorium. August 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr. Ben Carson tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesman told CNBC on Monday.
Carson, 69, “is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapies that help support and accelerate his recovery,”; said HUD Coalter Baker, deputy director. in a statement.
The news comes less than a week after it became known that President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, also tested positive for Covid-19. Meadows was believed to have only initially informed a close group of counselors about his infection. Bloomberg first reported the diagnosis the next day on Friday night.
The White House hosted a live indoor party on election night last Tuesday. Meadows attended the event and Carson was there too, according to ABC News and other media outlets.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, is a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
The White House has been heavily criticized for hosting large gatherings on its campus amid a pandemic. Many officials and others working there, including Trump himself, have tested positive for the virus in just the past two months.
Nick Trainer, a Trump campaign aide, also tested positive for the virus, NBC News confirmed this week.
Several people tested positive for Covid-19, including Trump advisers and US senators, after they attended an event in September at the White House celebrating the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
The country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, called the gathering a “super contagious event.”
– Dan Mangan of CNBC contributed to this report.