Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Daily Mail, it was reported by Bloomberg on Friday night of November 6, 2020 that Meadows, 61, was confirmed to be infected with the virus, along with four other aides of White House.
CNN and Bloomberg was also said to have reported that White House tried to keep the infection issue secret, as it was done with previous outbreaks.
The White House told DailyMail.com that the White House medical unit has completed all contract tracing relating to Meadows’ diagnosis, but did not provide further details.
His diagnosis takes the number of people in the White House orbit to have tested positive to at least 46.
New York magazine reported that 36 had tested positive on October 14 – before Mike Pence’s chief of staff and four aides were confirmed to have contracted the virus on October 25.
The five new cases confirmed on Friday pushes the tally to 46.
On Friday 125,000 Americans tested positive – a new record, and the third consecutive day with more than 100,000 new cases every day.
It was unclear when he tested positive.
He was last in the White House on Thursday, CNN reported.
His boss tested positive on October 1 and is thought unlikely to become infected again.
Meadows was with the president throughout his treatment at the Walter Reed medical center.
On October 25 Meadows told CNN the US was ‘not going to control’ the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,’ he said.
Pressed Tapper on why the US isn’t going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: ‘Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.’
He added that the Trump administration is ‘making efforts to contain it.
“What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this,’ Meadows said.
The White House has been battling a coronavirus outbreak since September 26, when a Rose Garden ‘super spreader event’ was held – the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
Meadows was with Trump on his final two-day, seven state, 10 rally campaign swing where he was spotted at the events without wearing a face mask.
On that trip, Meadows had close contact with members of the Trump family who have not been diagnosed with COVID – including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Additionally, Meadows was at the White House on election night where he attended a party in the East Wing filled with prominent Trump supporters, including the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, 76.
Organizers said that everyone would be tested for COVID-19 on entry.
Earlier on Tuesday Meadows joined Trump at the campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and was again not wearing a mask.
On Thursday he was in the White House.
Meadows has been one of the most adamant anti-maskers in the Trump administration, and insiders say he is rarely seen wearing a face mask, in deference to Trump.
On October 12, outside Coney Barrett’s Senate hearing, Meadows was asked by reporters to keep his face mask on while addressing them.
‘I’m not going to talk through a mask,’ he said, and walked off.
In May, Meadows flouted CDC restrictions by hosting his daughter’s 70-person indoor wedding in Atlanta, despite major coronavirus lockdowns and local ordinances blocking large gatherings.
On Friday there were more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths for the fourth straight day, a first since August.
Coroners recorded 1,211 deaths.
The number of people being admitted to hospital has also surged, along with the overall number of cases, across much of the country, with the midwest and southwest now being hit hardest.
However, unlike previous surges of the virus in the US, the current increase is not concentrated in a single region.
In recent weeks, there have been surges in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Minnesota.
Increases have also been seen on the East Coast, in Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Just two states, Tennessee and Alabama, have seen a drop in cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Doctors and officials are warning people that hospitals risk being quickly overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
As infection rates rise, hospitalizations and deaths have also slowly begun to increase.
Around 53,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday.
Public health experts had said there was likely to be a surge in cases as the weather begins to cool.
The president has insisted the country is ‘absolutely rounding the turn’ with the virus, but the White House coronavirus taskforce states the opposite.