Oct 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

White House again refuses to disclose Trump's last negative coronavirus test

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White House communications director Alyssa Farah declined to tell reporters when President Trump last tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, saying that "the doctors would like to keep it private."

Why it matters: It marks at least the eighth time since Trump tested positive for the virus one week ago that White House officials have refused to disclose the information. The detail could help determine when he contracted the virus, who he exposed and the timeline of his illness.

The big picture: The White House is scrambling to respond to the outbreak as the list of officials who have tested positive for the virus — which includes senior officials like Stephen Miller and Hope Hicks — continues to grow.

  • Several members of the White House press corps have tested positive, and many are trying to figure out whether they and their families need to quarantine, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.

What's new: The Washington, D.C., Department of Health on Thursday asked attendees and White House staff at the Rose Garden ceremony for the introduction of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26 to seek medical advice and get tested for COVID-19 by their local health department.

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